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May 13, 1990 - August 14, 2018

No parent should have to write the obituary for their child. It is with profound and unremitting grief that we honor the life of Karsten David Tindal, who recently died in a car crash on Dillard Road, a mere half mile from where he grew up. Karsten was born on Mother's Day (May 13) in 1990 to Linda and Gerald Tindal. He was only 28 when he died on Tuesday August 14, 2018, leaving behind both parents and a sister, Sevrina, with whom he had a special relationship: The two were extremely good friends as well as siblings. He also left behind Madison Martinet, his significant other for the past 8 years. And, of course, we can't forget his good buddy, Murphy, a Bull Terrier that KT and Madison loved. 

Karsten cannot be defined by what he did in his short life, but by how he rolled and the way he interacted with everything: people, problems, friends, school, sports, work, and family. Karsten was always a social mixer: positive, perceptive, uplifting. He never got down on anyone. His ability to be the glue that helped define and include others was his gift, even when life threw challenges his way. Early in his life's commitment to sports, he was able to move in and out of different activities, from soccer to basketball and eventually to football, which became not just a passion but his life. After graduating from South Eugene High School in 2008, he ignored the wishes of his parents to enroll in a good public college and insisted on Whittier, a private liberal arts college in California. The reason: He could be on the starting line in football. Because the school did not award degrees in football, he settled for a bachelor's degree in Kinesiology. After graduating in 2012, he returned to Eugene so he could get a master's degree from the College of Education at the UO. The reason: Maybe he could get a graduate fellowship and work with the renowned and mighty Ducks football program. After two years of successful schooling and no position with the football team, he graduated and bounced around, first working for EPIC (now Inflexion) for a year and then doing odd jobs while he collected himself. From 2012 through 2017, he was an assistant coach in the South Eugene High School football program. Then, he got the break that he needed: Admission to the UO Master's program in Sports Product Management (SPM) located in Portland. He began in the fall of 2017 and was just completing his internship this summer (2018) with Richardson Sports in Springfield. He loved it there: the people and the direct connection to an industry in sports, but he particularly clicked with his mentor, Sam Baker. His plan was to finish his degree and then market a golf hat that he and his SPM team had designed. As the summer was transitioning to the hot days of August, he began golfing with his buddies, getting ready to finish his internship and then his degree so he could be off to his next life somewhere in the sport industry. Instead, after the tragic accident, his next life is Heaven, where he is sure to go. 

He and Sevrina were our very best friends but we now must take leave of his wonderful presence and simply lean on memories of him with us. Rest in peace, Karsten. We love you and will always miss you. We will never forget that you made us who we are. 

A Celebration of Life will take place on September 9, 2018 at the football field of South Eugene High School. The event will begin at 2 PM and afterwards, we will tailgate with food being catered in KT style. 

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Many individuals donated through the Oregon Community Credit Union with no name on the check. We thank all of these anonymous donors. This form for donation is being discontinued. So, to make a donation directly to the Karsten Tindal Memorial Scholarship Fund...

Make checks payable to:

The UO Foundation

Memo Line: Karsten Tindal Memorial Scholarship

Mail to: Lundquist College of Business

C/O Development Office

1208 University of Oregon

Eugene, OR 97403

For donations to the endowed fund, include 8200.13.3 in the Memo Line.

For donations to the non-endowed fund, include 8200.12.1 in the Memo Line.

Or purchase a hat / patch: All proceeds from online sales are deposited in the memorial scholarship fund. 

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May 13, 1990 - August 14, 2018

Competition is not (just) about winning, it’s about being on your game.

Why not just smile. It’s the best part of the day.

Kindness is cool. It lets you experience things you never would have.

Call your mom every day and tell her you love her.

Sometimes you just have to show your dad what to do. He’ll get it eventually. Or not.

Respect and listening are two sides of the same coin.

Sports and life are the same word spelled differently.

Just let me show you what I can do. It’ll surprise us both.

Disadvantage is a state of mind that can be overcome.

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