Brad Stewart Cruikshank, 49, of Powell Butte, OR unexpectedly passed away due to a tragic fall on March 16, 2023. Brad was born on November 19, 1973 in Hermiston, OR to Chuck and Nancy Cruikshank. Brad graduated from Crook County High School and attended Willamette University and Washington State University before joining the Marine Corps. He graduated recruit training as the top Marine in his platoon. Brad would continue to excel in the Marine Corps during his four years of service as a forward observer, a member of the Honor Guard and finished his enlistment at the rank of Sergeant. After he completed his service in the Marine Corps, he attended and graduated from Concordia University.
Brad worked as an accountant and most recently as a mechanic and technical support for Durametrics High Tech Electronics. His natural intellect and insatiable curiosity served him well in his professional pursuits.
Brad often described his year as a high school exchange student in Japan as one of the most pivotal years of his life. He carried that same sense of adventure throughout his life by exploring the back roads on his motorcycle and finding beautiful, quiet places to hike and to spend time in nature. Brad sometimes worked by himself on fire watch towers during fire season on remote mountain tops for months at a time where he did some of his deeper thinking.
Of all the natural wonders he explored throughout his life, his most treasured and favorite place was Smith Rock. He returned there again and again, many times on his motorcycle to simply sit and observe the natural beauty.
Brad’s biggest accomplishment was the impact he had on his friends and family. Brad generously gave his time to anyone and everyone that needed his help. He loved to connect in an authentic way with his world, especially within his closest relationships.
Brad was preceded in death by his Uncle Roger and is survived by his parents, Chuck and Nancy, brother Scott Cruikshank (Janae), nieces and nephew Josiah, Abby, Jael, and Lydia and the love of his life, Tiffany Loescher.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Saturday, April 1, 2023 at 10:30 am at Powell Butte Christian Church.
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