Max Lee Newlin was born July 12, 1985 in Columbus, MT to Eddy and Cheryl Newlin, and passed away July 5, 2018, just one week short of his 33rd birthday. Max grew up in Billings, MT and graduated with honors from Billings West High, and five months later enlisted in the US Navy for 4 years. He had 2 tours of duty in Iraq, followed by R&R in Australia, New Zealand, Dubai, Singapore and Hawaii. On his last stop in Dubai, he went snowboarding, fell, and broke his clavicle. His enlistment time was close to being over, and he was discharged soon after his accident. Max always had his life carefully planned out. After graduation he wanted to serve his country, save money for a car, get a college degree, get a job, buy a house and pay it off fast, then perhaps get married. He accomplished all but the latter. He bought a 4 bedroom home and rented out 2 and 3 bedrooms at a time to friends, making it possible to have the house nearly paid for. Max earned an Associate degree from MSUB, also with honors, under the GI Bill, and has been employed at the Billings Clinic for the past 9 years as an x-ray technician. He loved working there and assuring patients they would be well taken care of. He especially liked working in surgery. Fun-loving Max enjoyed many hobbies: he traveled to the Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Cozumel, and Cancun. He would scuba dive, as he was a certified deep sea diver. He liked playing any kind of game with his family and friends, inside or outside. He had a special relationship with his Grandma Donna. He lived at her house half the week for 9 months when he first started working at the Billings Clinic Hospital in Columbus. When they both moved to Billings he often stopped by to visit her, eat lunch and play cribbage. Max kept a running tally on who won. He loved to go deer hunting with his Colstrip cousins every year, and even though he usually bagged his deer, in his excitement his gun would scope him in the face, resulting in merciless teasing by his cousins. All children loved him and flocked around him like the Pied Piper of Hamlet, especially his second cousins. He encouraged them and had a gift of knowing exactly what to say to them. An uncommon hobby Max began after starting work at Billings Clinic was embroidery cross stitching. Every time an employee was going to have a baby, each employee made a square of a design for a quilt and he was very skilled at making his squares. He twice skydived from an airplane. He liked snowboarding, jet skiing, backpacking in the mountains, riding his motorcycle. Max also enjoyed cooking and creating unusual meals. It was one of his motorcycle rides with his friend that led to his death. A dog on a leash was barking at them and Max waved at the dog, taking his eyes off the road a few seconds too long and hit a curb. He was driving the speed limit according to witnesses. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, his maternal grandfather and 2 uncles, Fergie Newlin and Gary Bowersox. He is survived by his parents, Ed and Cheryl Newlin, his sister, Kelsie (Jim) of Billings, his maternal grandmother, Donna Bowersox of Billings, his paternal grandmother, Marilyn Newlin of Yakima, WA, his uncle Bruce Bowersox (Carol) of Gillette, WY, aunts Shelbi Morton (Frank) of Kalispell, MT, Holly Bakich (Marko) of Colstrip, MT, 17 cousins, 23 second cousins, 2 third cousins, and his beloved French Bulldog, Rocky. His genuine smiles, silly giggles, and hugs will be greatly missed by all his family and friends. Cremation has taken place. Services will be held at Faith Chapel in Billings at 11:00 am on July 17, 2018. Lunch will follow. If desired, memorials may be given to Billings Firefighters, Rich DuVal Benevolent Fund, Rimrock Credit Union, 952 Central Ave., Billings, MT 59102, or charity of your choice.