April 27, 1996 — November 27, 2017
Tristan Lloyd Kern, born in Newberg on April 27, 1996, tragically perished on the slopes of Mt. Storm King in Olympic National Park on November 10, 2017.
He was the only son of Kyle and Suzanne Kern of Newberg. Two sisters, Madeleine and Arianna Kern devotedly loved their brother and are heartbroken by his absence.
The 21-year old was an honor student in Newberg High School’s class of 2015 and a junior at Seattle Pacific University studying Fashion Design & Merchandising, with honors. He will be awarded an honorary Bachelor of Arts degree by the university.
A passionate outdoorsman, Tristan hiked, hunted, fished, bicycled, camped, climbed and skied his way across the Northwest throughout his youth. He was the namesake of adventurer and writer Tristan Jones and yearned to be surrounded by the beauty and grandeur of God’s natural wonders, a calling which his family lovingly supported and admired.
In high school, Tristan lettered in Cross-Country and Rugby. He was an avid cyclist and president of SPU’s Bike Club.
His family knows that he is resting in the arms of his Savior and will forever be grateful for the faithfulness shown by his Christian roommates and SPU classmates in the aftermath of this tragedy.
Tristan was preceded in death by a grandfather and uncle.
Among those who treasured this young man are his grandparents, aunts, uncles and 12 cousins who dearly loved their Tristan.
Twelve hundred mourners attended memorial services in Newberg and Seattle during the week of November 27.
To honor Tristan’s memory, please donate to the SPU Bike Club, by going to give.spu.edu, tapping “Give to SPU”, and designating: “SPU Bike Club”, to BackcountryHunters.org/donate, or to OlympicMountainRescue.org.