Kevin Axel Pavlis
Cloverdale Funeral Home
1200 North Cloverdale Road
Boise, ID
Kevin Axel Pavlis 1971-2009 Kevin Axel Pavlis, 37, of Meridian, passed away Friday, June 12, 2009, at St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center, after being struck by a car while on a local group bicycle ride. Kevin was born Nov. 23, 1971 in Silver Spring, Maryland, a son of J. David and Sarma Pavlis. He was the youngest of three children. Kevin's mother passed away when he was just two years old. Kevin's dad moved the family to Boise in 1978, where he believed it would be a better place to raise a family. Kevin graduated from Boise High School in 1989 and at the age of 17, enrolled in the Army. He served his country with pride and honor for just over two years during which time he received his Expert Infantry Badge. After being discharged, Kevin began his career in retail sales when he was hired at Gart Sports. Kevin met and fell in love with his soul mate and future wife Elisa at his friend and future sister in law's wedding. Kevin and Elisa were sealed in the Boise LDS Temple two years later on June 14, 1996. Kevin's world was turned upside down in 1998 when he lost his father unexpectedly. Kevin's world was never the same again. From that day forward, he looked at every day as a gift. He took the summer off and mountain biked over 180 days that year. He got a part time job at Idaho Mountain Touring to support his new habit. He ran Robie Creek with his sister Tanya the following year after only running three times. Kevin entered his first and only mountain bike race that fall in which he took 1st place in the downhill and 3rd place in the cross-country. Kevin enjoyed many different sports. He volunteered for Recreation Unlimited, the adaptive ski program at Bogus Basin in the winter. He has been an instructor in the sit-ski program for the last ten years. Kevin and Elisa started a local tournament paintball team, Team Aftermath, which has won several national and regional titles. Kevin has since been on several other speed ball teams nationally and locally. He has traveled all over the U.S. and even to France as a semi-pro player. He was currently on a nationally known woods ball team based out of Oregon. Kevin played on both a co-ed and men's indoor soccer team. Kevin joined the local cycling team, Lactic Acid a few years ago and has enjoyed riding casually and competitively with them ever since. Kevin also enjoyed other activities such as hiking, camping, snowshoeing, rock climbing, fly-fishing and hunting. He loved the outdoors especially visiting the vast number of hot springs in the Sawtooth Mountains. He was also a huge supporter of Boise State Football; he was a season ticket holder and even traveled out of town for several games including the Fiesta Bowl. After 11 years of marriage, Kevin and Elisa, with much excitement and anticipation, gave birth to their only child, Sarma. His daughter quickly became the center of Kevin's universe. He could be seen every Monday and Friday showering her with public displays of affection at their favorite hangout, Starbucks on Capital and Main. Kevin is survived by his wife, Elisa; his daughter, Sarma; his sister, Tanya (Darren) Kenley; his brother, Eric Pavlis; his cat, Junior; his in-laws, Kay, Aaron, Cody and Leslie Conder, Holly (Richard) Lockett, Heidi (Nathan) Fluhman; his aunts Dzidra Vizbulis and Nancy Giles; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Kevin was preceded in death by his father and mother, Dave and Sarma; his grandmothers, Addie, Lydia and Mildred; his niece, Jessica and his beloved cat, Britni. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday June 20, at the Meridian Idaho North LDS Stake Center 5555 N Locust Grove under the direction of Bishop Michael Read. The family will receive friends Saturday from 10 to 10:45 a.m. at the church. Burial will be at Dry Creek Cemetery following the service. The family has asked Kevin's cycling club, Lactic Acid, to lead the funeral procession to the cemetery. Any experienced cyclist who would like to participate is welcome. Helmets are required. Riders must be able to maintain speeds ranging between 15 and 40 mph for the duration of 8 miles due to traffic laws. Arrangements are under the direction of Cloverdale Funeral Home. There will also be a memorial ride open to all levels of cyclists for Kevin Thursday June 18th at 6 p.m. The ride will begin and end at Idaho Mountain Touring on 13th and Main. An open house will follow the ride at 7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, a donation can be made to the Kevin Pavlis Memorial Fund for the benefit of Sarma Pavlis at any Mountain West Bank. Kevin's family would like to thank the community and many friends for the large outpouring of support. All of the emails, cards and comments that people have sent have given us strength during this difficult time. Condolences to the family may be submitted online at
Published by Idaho Statesman on Jun. 17, 2009.
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This guy was SOOOOOO incredibly kind and helpful, and always had a HUGE smile on his face, whenever I shopped at IMT. I am so incredibly sad to learn it was he who was the cyclist... I'll never forget him as he made such a positive impression all the time. XO to his family and friends.
tory smith
April 15, 2010
I was never fortunate to meet Kevin but I know he is loved dearly by his brother, Eric, who recently shared this story with me. Now ,when I drive where bicyclists are sharing the road, I picture my own brother riding next to me and I use a little extra care.
Karen of Vancouver, WA.
Karen A.
February 13, 2010
Elisa and Sarma, my heart still aches for you both when I think about what you lost. I know I didn't know him the best, but I did very much considered Kevin a friend. I still miss him. I think about him every time I am on Hill Rd or pass the Dry Creek cemetery that I live by. I wish I had the right words to express the feelings of loss, but I don't. Just know you guys are in my heart.
Travis and I will never forget him.
Jacque Gingerich
February 3, 2010
Dear My Bambeno,
It will never be the same, God I Miss YOU!
Older Brother Family
October 11, 2009
I am so very sorry to here about your brother Eric. He,even though I didn't ever know him, was a very good man because he had his brother to guide him through his life. My condolences. He will be missed in everyone person's life that he touched gracefully and they and we will all miss him. I hope your family will never forget him and I too will also miss him and your family will also have a family of friends if you need any help here in Salisbury.
Never Forget Him,
Trevor Meadows
September 26, 2009
I am so sorry for your loss. My condolences go out to Kevin's family, friends and cycling buddies.
Sheryl Braum
September 5, 2009
Dear family of Kevin Pavlis,

I am the daughter of Jim Chu, one of the bikers who was also killed in recent incidents. I would like to give my deepest heartfelt condolences to you. I understand how you must be feeling right now, and everything you are going through. We are all still slowly recovering. And day by day the pain is eased a little. Just know the entire biking community is there for you, as well as your closest friends and family. Our family is praying for you.

Sara Chu
Sara Chu
July 9, 2009
My most heartfelt condolences go out to Kevin's family. Kevin worked for me at Eddie's Restaurant about 18--20 years ago. I ran into him again at IMT and enjoyed talking to him every time I was there. I hope his wonderful smile and sunny attitude live on through his daughter. We will all miss him greatly.
Karen Weaver
June 24, 2009
My condolences go out to the family. Kevin used to come into my store, the Roosevelt Market, as a young boy. I remember him well. I'm so sorry his life was cut short.
Candy Towne (Turner)
June 22, 2009
Elisa, Sarma and family,
Kevin was such a wonderful person, husband, and father, and will be missed greatly by all who knew him. My condolences at this diffucult time. Your family is in my prayers.
Susan (Olds) Cooper
June 21, 2009
Tanya, Elisa, Sarma and family
There is no way we can mend what you are feeling and I am so sorry for the pain and emptiness that surrounds you all. What a wonderful man, father and brother. What a wonderful person in our community.

Thinking of you,
Jack and Jaynie Horton
June 20, 2009
Our deepest sympathy to Kevin's friends and family. We are so sorry for the hole his absence leaves in your daily life. May memories of Kevin bring joyous moments back as you find the new 'normal' in your lives.

Rocky and Ellen Bencken
June 20, 2009
Elisa, Sarma, Tanya, and Eric

I wish I had made it out earlier so I could have known my cousin better. All my memories from childhood and Kevin are wonderful and I will treasure them all. I will deeply miss him.
I love you all
Robert(Bobby) Giles
June 20, 2009
Tanya, Eric and family, I am so sorry for your loss, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

Lisa Boyer (Holladay)
June 19, 2009
My condolences to all of Kevin's family, such a genuine person through Jr. High & High School
Anna Randolph
June 18, 2009
Elisa and Sarma (and family), My heart goes out to you at this difficult time. Kevin was a very nice person. May love and support always help you through. Kevin will be missed by many.
Anastasia Jenkins
June 17, 2009
Kevin had a neice named Marisa and a nephew nemed Nathaniel of Caldwell, Id
Eric Pavlis
June 17, 2009
Elisa And Sarma
Your father and Husband was a great person. I worked with him at gart Sports. My condolence . My God Bless
you and your Family. Jan Pollard
Jan Pollard
June 17, 2009
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