After fighting a courageous battle with cancer, Karl Kade Kothman, 49, rode into the streets of glory on June 8, 2011. Celebration of life services were held on June 11, 2011 at 10 a.m. at River of Life Church and graveside service immediately followed at Gooch Cemetery in Mason, Texas. Visitation with the family was held Friday, June 10, 2011 from 5-8 p.m. at Mason Funeral Home.At the gate of Heaven he was greeted by his paternal grandparents, Karl and Tootsie (Watkins) Kothman, his maternal grandfather, L.A. Morrison, and his Aunt Mary Anna Kothman. Kade leaves behind his beloved daughter, Kyann Rose of San Angelo and her mother Dawn Burns of Ozona, his parents Karlos Bill and Sheba of Mason, brother, best friend and business partner, Kenn and wife Kimberly and nieces Kolby and Keyla of Sanderson, his maternal grandmother Zula Johnson of Mason, Aunt Lula Rankin and cousin Delores Fralicks of San Antonio, Uncle Billy Johnson, wife Donna, and daughter Jenna of St. Simons Island, Georgia. He also leaves behind his special cousins, Lee Anna and Kaitlyn Cavness, Nicole Burdick, Lex and Chase Kothman, Lisa Kothman, Miranda and Miriah Kidd. Kade was born August 29th, 1961, in Mason Texas, and grew up on his family’s ranch forty miles east of Sanderson. He was a 1980 graduate of Sanderson High School. During his high school years, he excelled in football, being named All District Defense and All Far West Texas Offense and Defense. A most decorated cowboy, he won many titles at the state level and was a national qualifier in team roping as well as bulldogging. He also won several titles in the American Junior Rodeo Association. He continued his love of rodeo as he entered college at Southwest Texas Junior College on a scholarship, graduating with a degree in Farm and Ranch Management. He later furthered his education and rodeo career at Sul Ross State University in Alpine.Kade wore many hats. Aside from playing the role of son, father and friend, he was a rancher on his family’s ranch, a helicopter pilot where he and his brother started the first boll weevil eradication program flying helicopters, owned bucking bulls for the PBR and PRCA and had a love of classic muscle cars, owning many himself- including a Chevy Chevelle, his pride and joy. Being fluent in Spanish, he owned a blacksmith shop in Cuidad Acuna, Coahuila, Mexico, where his artistic talents produced iron works, furniture, etc. Being quite the trader, he also owned a mail order business, Heads West, where his entrepreneurial spirit led him to buy, sell, and trade everything but his wife and daughter. His engineering mindset had him always curious of what everything was made of. His patented “thumping” let one know he was thinking and deciphering how something was composed. (And probably thinking about he could have made it better!) He also showed a passion for gardening, and wouldn’t hesitate to show off his tomatoes to anyone who inquired. Kade had a heart of gold. He had such compassion for the less fortunate but always helped out in a quiet manner. He wasn’t one to boast about the kind things he did. One of his friends stated that they never knew Kade to have even one enemy. Being very cultured, traveling around the world for one thing or another (rodeo, fishing, hunting, business), he never met a stranger. If he’d never met or heard of you, one could bet he knew some friends of yours. He will forever be remembered as talented, smart, funny and even a legend in some people’s eyes. In his short time here on earth he lived a life of three people. Many things will remind us of our dear Kade, it may be a Los Tigres Del Norte song, a vintage car driving down the road and for the handful of us who knew Kade REALLY well, a simple fishing pole may give us a grin of satisfaction and laughter.Services were officiated by Kade’s lifelong friend and cowboy minister, David B. Jones. Pallbearers included Mike Hollar, Mitch Moore, Clinto Brown, Jim Jennings, Jay Schovajsa, Clayton Kennedy, Mark Slaughter and Cody Carruthers. Honorary pallbearers included Skily Schuch, Rusty Wallace, Juan Cardoza, Guillermo Maldonado, Jack Casey, Billy Karl Johnson, Gib Bell, Roger Coots, Dennis Watkins, Dean Martin, Jacky Stephenson, Tres Meyer, Foard Houston, Todd Fox, Sid Evans, Beto Hinojosa, Alfredo Calzada, Neto Calzada, Don Pitts, Craig Murdock, Craig Foster, Jim Bill Kothmann, Mike Baker, Jesse Banner, Will Slaughter, Len Slaughter, Mike Mollier, Greg Stanton, T.E. Warren, Preston Mills, Colt Noelke, Call Cade, Julio Moreno, Fred Whitfield, Lance Broesche, and the 1980 graduating class of Sanderson High School. In lieu of flowers, Kade’s generosity and compassionate spirit will live on through your donations to miraclefarmboysranch.org, or any cowboy ministry of your choice, also any Mason County local charities. None of us lives to himself and none of us dies to himself. If we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord; so then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s. For to this end Christ died and lived again, that he might be Lord of the dead and of the living. –Romans 14:7-9For our own selfishness, we will miss you our beloved, Kade. Here on earth you have done right by all of us and right by your Lord. You have brought so many wonderful memories, smiles and laughter to all of us. Now you will go on to live a life without suffering and be with The Highest. We will see you again but until then, “Vaya Con Dios” our dear friend. Condolences may be sent to the family on-line at masonfuneralhome.net. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Mason Funeral Home.