Cale M. Crowe
2002 - 2021
Anderson Stevenson Wilke Funeral Home & Crematory
3750 N Montana Ave
Helena, MT
Our larger-than-life "Ponky" has gone to find his own adventures far away from the constraints that challenged him. He found his strength and happiness from the community who welcomed and loved him unconditionally. A community consistently providing him the joy that made his life fulfilled. He built himself a trapline far and wide to help capture all those he wished to engage with, people who shared his values of joy, belief, happiness and good, and he checked it daily. He knew your name, what you did, and he built something individual and special with all his friends. When you joined his tribe, he held your hand and led a conversation about what bonded you. Cale was a diplomat of hope and traded in the currency of innocence that left each of us richer with a better understanding of strongly valuing the present moment.

Cale enjoyed the seasons each year offered, but his calendar was moved more by the holidays it promised. Winter was for joyriding in an airplane to find somewhere familiar and warm where sand could squish through his toes and a seashell could be found in a not so deep part of the ocean. His anticipation of the spring was not so much for longer and warmer days but rather for the arrival of the Easter Bunny and the excitement his furry friend always delivered. As soon as the last egg was found, Cale was on to summer and the business at hand of building his firework stand and all the planning involved in the "Big Show." He was happy to walk you around the display and tell you all the magic he had collected but keep your money in your pocket because nothing was for sale.

It was always a quick transition to birthday season with only a few days to prepare for his big day. Everyone was welcome to his birthday party and every new timer got to experience him "eye-frisking" them to make sure they were packing something for him to unwrap. To him, it was about your presence not the present that mattered most. The first day of school was next up and he would begin each conversation through the end of July and on into August with a mischievous grin, and a "no start school." Cale celebrated Halloween with a love/hate relationship. He was all about sharing the treats and seeing the costumes but no "scary parts" please. Ponk made sure he topped his tank off heading into November for the fifty-five day run-up to Christmas. You see, he and the big bushy bearded man were best buddies, and it was Cale's job to make sure everyone was just as ready as those two were to spread the holiday cheer. His excitement was magical, and certainly came from only a place true believers know. As Cale saw it, every white-bearded man was Santa, each red light positioned higher than roof top level was Rudolph and every moving object in the sky after the sun went down was Santa's sleigh, Ruby. Christmas with Cale and the traditional visit by Santa to the house was cherished by his entire family. He constantly reminded all of us to remember the child-like qualities not so deep inside which brought us so much innocence and joy in the moment.

Cale is survived by his entire community and the people who enriched his life, who taught him new things, shared what they had and spent the time filling his world with what made him happy. He was blessed with an unlimited supply of caring and committed educators dedicated to teaching him the skills he needed to navigate his life. A network of selfless professional emergency responders who took time each day to spend special moments and share their lives with him. An incredibly talented team of medical professionals always available and ready to take on extraordinary challenges and perform miracles resulting in stolen time to be shared by all. Beyond these heroes, Cale's friends are heavily sprinkled across his community in special places only known to them.

Please plan to join us as we hold one last Assembly in his honor at the Jim Darcy Elementary School on November 22nd, at 4:00 pm with a reception to follow. Memorials are suggested to the Montana Hope Project, P.O. Box 5927, Helena, MT 59604. Please visit to offer a condolence to the family or to share a memory of Cale.
Published by Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Nov. 18, 2021.
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Jim Darcy Elementary School
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Tim, Shelly and Caden, We were incredibly saddened to hear of the loss of Ponky. What a sweet sweet soul he was. We can´t imagine the pain you are experiencing. Ponky touched the lives of the entire Stephens family and we hold memories of Ponky so dear in the times we spent together as our young families were growing. We wish you peace, and solace knowing that Ponky was a force for good for so many. God bless you all and God rest Ponky´s sweet soul. -Gary, Renee, Alyssa, Carson and Camron Stephens
Gary & Renee Stephens
December 2, 2021
I was one of the lucky ones to know Cale when I was employed at Warren School. His innocence and sweet smile always warmed my heart. I am truly saddened to hear of his passing. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Paula Clinch
November 21, 2021
Very sorry to hear about the passing of Cale. Everytime I saw him, he was on a mission to say hello and just be in your presence. I really enjoyed his company while working the High school sporting events. He was never to busy to say hello. Rest in peace my friend, we got it from here.
Shawn Lashway
November 19, 2021
My thoughts a prayers are for you and yours. I wish I had know him. May his memory bring many smiles.
Dayle Williams
November 18, 2021
I never knew Cale, but after reading the beautiful tribute to him in today's Missoulian, I wish I had.
Marilyn Sullivan
November 18, 2021
Cale sounds like a sweet and gentle soul. I imagine he is a very special angel now. God bless his friends and family.
Coral Creek
November 18, 2021
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