Elliott Maxwell Schmidt (Maxx), 34, of Whitefish, Montana passed away on October 13, 2022.
Maxx was born on January 18, 1988, to Nancy and Wayne Schmidt in Westerville, Ohio. Maxx attended primary school in Reynoldsburg, Ohio before moving to Avon Lake in 1997. Maxx graduated from Avon Lake High School in 2006. After graduating with a Business degree from Lorain County Community College, Maxx moved to Whitefish, Montana.
He was the namesake of his late maternal grandparents Foster and Miriam Elliott. Maxx is survived by parents Wayne and Nancy and his brother, Nathan. Maxx leaves behind an extensive community of close friends and remaining relatives.
Sports were a big part of Maxx's life and he excelled at many of them. Maxx played baseball, basketball and football throughout his childhood and received state recognition in both basketball and football in high school. In addition to sports, he developed a love for the outdoors at an early age. Whether exploring the surrounding woods, camping with friends and family, or fishing on Lake Erie and the remote lakes of Ontario, Canada, Maxx was at his happiest when he was enjoying nature.
This love of nature and the outdoors led Maxx to seek out a place where he could pursue these passions year-round. In the Spring of 2009, Maxx moved to Whitefish, Montana. He enjoyed all that Montana has to offer; hiking all throughout the mountains and nearby Glacier National Park, fishing and floating mountain rivers in the summer, and skiing and snowshoeing around Whitefish in the winters. Maxx and his brother shared a love for bird watching and he was active in the local Audubon Society, where he participated in various excursions to observe bats, owls, raptors and migratory waterfowl.
Maxx developed his passion for the culinary arts while working at several Whitefish establishments over the years. He turned his love for cooking into a successful career, working as a chef at Sacred Eats in Kalispel, Montana and as a private chef for local clients as well as seasonal vacationers.
In lieu of flowers or monetary contributions, we ask that you honor Maxx’s life in a way more fitting to his personality and overall outlook on life. Please take the time to find peace in nature, listen to music, enjoy a great meal with family and friends, appreciate the awe of the universe in the clear night sky, and most importantly be loving and kind to yourself and to others. Maxx always stressed the importance of loving the life you live.
The family will be planning a celebration of life for his Ohio community on a date still to be determined. His Whitefish community is also planning a celebration to be held in Montana also at a date to be determined. The family welcomes all correspondences, sharing of photos and stories.