In Memoriam of David Jay Kartchner

An amazing man was taken away from me and the others that were graced to know him.   David was an exceptionally intelligent man who loved life.  He seemed to know a little about everything. He loved playing pool with his friends, biking all over Oregon, cooking, playing golf, being with family and friends, singing and playing his guitar, and taking walks with his dog Grace and me.

My husband was taken away from all who knew him by Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD) on March 17, 2019, at the young age of 57.  He started showing signs of a problem as early as June 2018 and was under the care of a neurologist by the end of summer. After searching for a treatable diagnosis for six months, it was ultimately determined that he had CJD, an incurable and untreatable disease that is always fatal fast. He passed within three weeks of the CJD diagnosis being confirmed by his neurological team.

CJD is a horrible disease that took David very quickly.  He was at peace when he passed.  I was there by his side holding his hand.  I hope a cure is found for this terrible disease. I hope that you will donate to this foundation so we can support their research.

Also, there is a convention/seminar on CJD being held in Clackamas, OR on April 29,2019 if any would like to attend please visit this link:






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  • Cheryl Jenson I am very blessed to have known David for as long as I did he always had a fun story to tell me and life goals to talk about I love and miss you very much David. May you rest in piece with Grace. October 2019
  • Laura Lange May 2019 $300.00
  • Gregory Parson May 2019 $100.00
  • Sandra Katis May 2019 $100.00
  • Kim Valzania May 2019 $10.00
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  • Anonymous Ginger...I am so very sorry for your loss. While I never had the opportunity to meet David, I know he was another creative, intelligent and loving Kartchner guy from the stories I’ve heard. I’m so sorry. Peace, Strength and Love to you always. April 2019 $500.00
  • Pledgeling Foundation May 2019 $341.13
  • Laura Lange May 2019 $300.00
  • Bruce and Shirley Douglas March 2019 $300.00
  • Jim McNabb With my sincere condolences to Ginger and the entire Kartchner family at this time of loss. My thoughts are with you and together may we help put an end to this terrible disease. I wish strength to each of you. Jim McNabb May 2019 $212.00
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