National Fallen Firefighters Foundation

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Martin G. Kautz

Martin Gene Kautz was born January 31, 1960 in Brush, Colorado to Gene and Jeanette Kautz. He was raised in the nearby community of Hillrose, Colorado, along with his three sisters.

Marty attended school in Hillrose through the fifth grade, then attended school in Brush until he graduated in 1978. In junior high and high school, he participated in football, basketball and wrestling. In 1977, Marty was on the Brush High School football team as they competed against Carbondale for the state championship title.

Marty scored the only touchdown for Brush that day, though it wasn’t enough to gain the championship.

After high school Marty attended Hastings College in Hastings, Nebraska for one year. He came back to the Hillrose area and worked for a little over a year for a local farmer.

He married Deb Mayhugh on November 29, 1980. They had two sons, Jake and Ty, and they were the light of his life. He spent his weekends with his family as much as he could, and also enjoyed gardening, bowling, playing softball and hunting. His nephews idolized him and loved spending time with their funny “Uncle Marty.”

Marty was hired at the American Eagle Distributing Company, and eventually became the branch manager there, and continued in that position until his death. While working at American Eagle, Marty achieved the highest award given by Anheuser Busch in 1990. The award was the Ambassador of Excellence and it was given to the distributorship in the United States that met certain sales goals, kept a certain level of inventory and kept a clean warehouse and trucks. While working for American Eagle Distributing, Marty also became active in helping and sponsoring numerous charities and activities, including Easter Seals of northeastern Colorado.

Marty joined the Brush Volunteer Fire Department in 1994, and found a new family in his fellow firefighters. He would do whatever he could to help any of his firefighter brothers if they were in need, and enjoyed getting to know all of them. He was always willing to learn what they could teach him, and pursued his EMT license through the fire department.

On August 31, 1995, while on a call to save a choking child, Marty was killed after another first responder ran a stop sign and collided with Marty’s vehicle. Three fellow firefighters were riding with Marty and were also injured. Marty was a wonderful, loving husband, dad, son, brother, grandson and true friend to many who love and miss him dearly.

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  1. Not a day goes by that I miss you. This year would’ve been your year to retire on the fire department. I have been able to get the city to make your family the Grand Marshall of this year’s 4th of July celebration in your honor. Gone but NEVER forgotten.

    – Paul Acosta
  2. Thank you Marty. You were the best. Miss you and that smile.

    – Beverly Strand
  3. I had the pleasure of knowing Marty and his sisters as we all went to school together! He was a great individual! I remember him always smiling and having a chuckle not to be forgotten. I remember that tragic accident as it happened so close to our home. Marty you will always be remembered in the town of Brush Colorado, Hillrose Colorado and Morgan County

    Marti Taylor (Bodaness)
  4. What a wonderful tribute to my dear Godson..So glad I got to love him from the day he was born…The picture warms my heart..Everything is so true of the wonderful things he did and Oh! How he loved his family…Thank you to the people responsible for this great memory…will hope to be at the parade..Love that whole family….

    Lillian Hendricks
  5. This is great to read. Marty is a cousin of mine and I remember he was such a fun loving guy. We miss him and his mom. God Bless.

    – Jolene Wright
  6. Marty was one of my “fireman dads” that was taken to soon. Thank you for being apart of the Brush Fire Department! ❤️ You are missed by all!

    – Katie Lotenzini
  7. Marty Loved being a Fireman, Not long before his accident we were talking to a young man who had witnessed and had tried to help victims of a multiple fatality accident. He was so passionate about his role as a first responder and how much it meant to be able to help victims of such accidents and much he loved being a Fireman. Brother you left a big hole in a lot of hearts when God took you home.

    – Rob Hastings
  8. All I can say is miss you brother. We will meet again in the Fire House in the sky.

    – Michael Schreiner
  9. I didn’t know Marty personally. I graduated from Brush in 1992 & was living in Denver at this time. Dealing with the lose of my own little brother. Who died in a boating accident Dec 31st 1995 & had not been found. I now live in Wray and do know our volunteer firefighters
    To Marty’s family I’m sorry for your loss. May peace be with you.

    – Stephanie
  10. Marty was my only brother, and he was a very giving young man, and that is part of why he became a fireman. He strived for perfection, and even though he was a Volunteer Fireman he wanted to be a GOOD fireman. Marty was looking for any advice or constructive criticism to be better at what he did. At the time of his death, he had an application for the Castlerock Fire Department in his briefcase. He loved being a fireman so much that he was applying to be a professional Fireman and leave his job of 15 years and the community he grew up in to do that.

    He loved his wife and his kids and he worked hard at his job to make a good life for his family. We lost him at a time in his boys lives where he was needed so much, to help them grow, have confidence, and grow into young men. The loss has been devastating for them. Our lives have changed so much since we lost him. We miss him so much and we are so proud that he was so well thought of and liked.

    I know my brother, would do anything for anyone. Marty loved being a fireman, and I know he felt a new extension to his family, when he became a fireman. It didn’t matter if you were young or old, he wanted to be there to help and save people.

    There were times in his life that people tried to knock him down, but he always came back, ready to help others. I remember him telling me once, that we all have problems, so he just tried to help others. I know this sounds silly, but looking back, before Marty passed away it seemed as if our family was perfect, even tho I know it wasn’t. He is so missed everyday. Thank you to all who remember, all who care and all who keep his memory alive. He was a magnificent man, and is so missed by his family. There is a special place in heaven for a firefighter!!!

    – Jackie Kautz-Hill
  11. Marty was a great asset to the community and especially to the Brush Fire Dept. He is truly missed by his fire family and all those that were lucky enough to have him touch their lives. We will meet again Marty, meanwhile keep putting out the fires above.

    – Stan Krueger
  12. Marty was a great athlete and even a better person.
    Coach Mills

    – Coach Mills
  13. So many good memories. I loved the visits we had when you made deliveries. There were many school memories as well. Until we meet again

    – Rhonda Anderson