Dana Tawn Kirchner died on January 10, 2022 at the age of 62. He is survived by his wife, Dyana Kirchner, his mother, Arlene Kirchner, two daughters, Elaina Turpin and Kristina Durette, son-in-law, Randy Turpin, brother Thayne, and grandchildren: Sapphire, Randy, Adreanna, and Journey. He’s predeceased by his father, Wayte Kirchner.
He was born in 1959 in Coulee Dam, Washington to Wayte and Arlene Kirchner. His family later settled in Eugene, Oregon where he attended high school and college. He graduated from Sheldon High School in Eugene in 1975. He graduated from the University of Oregon with a Bachelor of Arts in Music. He played many instruments and sang.
He felt most at home in the great outdoors. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. He spent many hunting and fishing trips with his best friends since elementary school, Rich and Rick. They took annual trips to Gold Beach for fishing and Christmas Valley for hunting. He was also a flintknapper and amassed a large collection of obsidian from his many camping trips. He loved to polish rocks, one year he got a rock polisher for his birthday and sat in the garage for hours having a blast. He enjoyed traveling and outdoor expeditions such as sailing on the Pacific, snorkeling in Hawaii, and fishing on the ocean.
He worked for over 30 years in the construction industry. He taught new generations the trade of metal building and steel working. He was always ready and willing to help out friends and family.
He always had a joy for life and new experiences. We will all remember him with a smile on his face, ready to take on a new adventure.