Former MSU student found dead

Former Montana State wide receiver Manny Kalfell was pronounced dead in his home at 1.33 a.m. on Sunday, Jan 24. The son of Danny Lassle and Janya Ballenger, Kalfell was born on March 31, 1993 in Miles City. Manny was a graduate of Bozeman High School and played for the Bozeman Hawks on the 2010 State Championship team before coming to MSU. Kalfell’s final season ended this fall during his senior year of business management; he graduated in December 2015.

During his football career with the university, Kalfell started in three games for the Bobcats and made three catches for 95 yards and a touchdown in his final season. In life, Manny was described as a loving, caring young man. People were not the limit of his compassion either, as proven by his GoFundMe fundraiser to help pay for hip surgery for his dog, Chief. “We are deeply mournful with the loss of Manny Kalfell. He was a treasured member of the Bobcat Athletics family. He was admired for his hard work and dedication, and was liked by all because of his smile and spirit of individuality. We extend our sympathy to Manny’s family and friends,” Athletic Director Peter Fields said. MSU will be holding a memorial service on campus for Kalfell on Saturday, Jan. 30, which will be followed by a graveside service at Sunset Hills Cemetery.