Sage Lindsay was a bright light. On January 23rd,2019, she became the angel in Heaven that she already had been on earth. She was our favorite daughter, beloved sister, granddaughter, niece, cousin and friend to so many. Sage was born April 6, 2000 in Bozeman and immediately changed all our lives forever. Sage had fun and influenced people wherever she was and never backed down from a challenge. Sage was a competitive gymnast for many years at Lone Mountain Gymnastics. A natural leader, she encouraged and motivated her teammates with her infectious smile and can-do attitude. After years of going to rodeos with her brother Jordan, videoing every bull ride and bull fight, learning to flank bulls and becoming part of the rodeo family, Sage began pole bending and barrel racing her junior year of high school. She made it to National High School Rodeo Finals her senior year as part of the Montana Shooting Sports Team. Her rodeo family loved her dearly, blessing her with advice, horses to try, lessons, trucks and trailers to transport horses to rodeos, fun, companionship, fundraising jackpots in her honor, and most importantly, the love of her life, her horse Ranger. Never has a naughty horse and a beautiful girl become such an unstoppable and bonded team. Their love for each other was boundless. Ranger came to visit at Bozeman Deaconess once she had been admitted. It was a great day for her.
Sage’s dream was to attend the US Naval Academy. She worked hard, got the grades, the community service, the leadership, and even passed the physical fitness test, completely unaware that she already had advanced cancer. She received an appointment to the Naval Academy in November of 2017, only to get her diagnosis in March and become medically disqualified. Sage took the news in stride and cheerfully chose to attend Montana Tech as a Math major. There she made the Dean’s list, was part of the rodeo club, found a country swing dancing group and joined the Copper Hill Choir.
Sage adored her big brothers Zach and Jordan. She was quirky and crazy and made weird noises and always had people laughing. She made fun of herself and others constantly. She taught us that it’s ok to be kind, to be loving, to hug, to cry but to get over it quickly so that there was time to make someone’s day better. We are all better for having known Sage. We miss her dearly, but all of Sage’s family and friends are committed to being just a little better than we were, as Sage would have done. One of her favorite sayings was “it’s a good day for a good day”.