Austin Peter Tautkus, 18, of Ellington, died Wednesday, June 18, of injuries suffered in a tragic accident in Suffield.
The following obituary was posted on the Carmon Community Funeral Home website:
rising sophomore at Western Connecticut State University, lived in
Ellington with his parents, Elizabeth and Keith Tautkus. At Western,
Austin was majoring in business and played on the Colonials' Bowl
winning football team on which he was a wide receiver. He lived on the
Danbury campus this past year before returning home for the summer.
Austin moved to Ellington in 2000 with his father Keith, who grew up
there; his mother Beth (Ellis) Tautkus, a Poquonock native; and his
three siblings. All grew up in the Ellington school system.
Austin shared the special joy with his brothers and sisters of attending
schools where both of his parents were teachers. Beth has taught 7th
grade science at the Ellington Middle School for 14 years and had the
pleasure of sharing that experience with Austin, who also was a student
of his father's at Ellington High School.
Keith not only taught Tech Ed
to Austin but also coached him on the varsity football and baseball
teams of which he was head coach. Austin earned varsity letters in
basketball his sophomore and senior years at high school, in baseball
his sophomore-senior years and in football freshman-senior years.
was a student leader and captain of both teams his senior year. He also
received his senior year the annual Coaches' Award given to the
outstanding two or three sport student athlete. For the 2012 season
Austin was All-Conference in the NCCC for football.
several quality football programs at Division Two colleges and
universities, Austin chose to continue his football career at WCSU where
he was a strong student, a dedicated athlete, and a valued and much
respected teammate. It is unfair to Austin given the breadth of his
education to say he was fixated on sports but he did take great joy in
competing in everything from bowling to whiffle ball, including fantasy
football and baseball leagues with his many cousins.
In addition to the time they spent together on the gridiron and baseball
fields, Austin and Keith shared a great passion for antique car and
They frequented car shows across the northeast and
the farm on which they worked together is littered with the carcasses of
a dozen wrecks of varying vintage that they are either stripping for
parts or harboring a mutual delusion that they can be returned to their
original glory. At the time of his death Austin and Keith were working
on bringing back to life a 1969 Chevy truck.
In addition to his
parents, Austin is survived by three siblings: devoted sisters Katherine
(Katie) and Jennifer (Jenny) and a doting older brother, Jason. All
live in Ellington.
He also leaves his grandparents Irving and Ethel
Tautkus of Pine Island, Fla. and Gail Ellis of South Windsor. His Aunt
Teena Tautkus resides in Ellington and cousins Ryan and Rory Regan live
in Philadelphia and Boston respectively. Uncles Robby and David live in
Ridgefield, and Montclair, Va. with their wives, Aunt Liz and Aunt Laura.
Another eight cousins — Garrett, Sarah, Drew, Kyle, Abbey, Tim, Maggie,
and Gwen — complete Austin's extended family and all share with
Austin's parents and brother and sisters this helpless anguish over his
Austin was colorfully vibrant and compassionate in life, playful,
both often amused and amusing. Despite his youth he was learning to
make good choices that defined him as a good human being and caring
young man. He was a loving son, a supportive and adoring brother, a
staunch and true friend. His life was all too brief but it was very
rich and he spread that largess to all he touched.
Please join us to
celebrate Austin and to share again in his life that lives still in all
There will be calling hours in the Ellington High School
Auditorium, 37 Maple St., Ellington, on Saturday, June 21, from 4 to
8 p.m., and a funeral service on Sunday, June 22, at 3 p.m., also in the
Ellington High School Auditorium.
Please send donations to the Austin
P. Tautkus Memorial Scholarship Fund, 250 Broad St., Windsor, CT 06095.
Ladd-Turkington & Carmon Funeral Home, Vernon has been entrusted