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Kristopher William Pertgen

February 12, 1981 ~ March 1, 2022 (age 41)


 It is with extreme sadness that we announce the passing of Kristopher William Pertgen. On March 1st 2022, Kristopher went peacefully after a long and heroic battle with a brain tumor, known as Trevor. He passed at his home in Fair Oaks, California, surrounded by loved ones. He left us at the all-too-early age of 41, Kristopher has left a void in the world that cannot be filled - but his positivity and camaraderie can be appreciated by anyone who has had the pleasure of spending any amount of time with him.   

  Kristopher is survived by his wife, Lindsay, his son, Jackson, his parents, Nancy and Rich, his brothers Damien (Amanda), Jonathan (Kendall) and Grayson (Ani), close family friend Len, God-daughter, Cassidy, Kristopher’s in-laws Bev and Rich, his brother-in-law Colin (Bailey), his best friend, Sunny as well as a massive group of loving friends and family.

  Kris went through life with a smile and an “if” philosophy. If it has wheels - drive it or work on it. If you don’t know a guy - meet him, and if he is drinking beer, you are practically brothers. If you need something, what’s mine is yours. Most of all he was honest, fun loving and packed a lot of living in with his wife and son knowing his life was shortened.

  Kristopher is a veteran of both the Iraqi War and War in Afghanistan. He served 10 years honorably in the United States Air Force as a Radar Maintenance Technician and Imagery Analyst, achieving the rank of Technical Sergeant. For his service, he earned multiple Air Force achievement medals and Air Force Commendation medals

  Kristopher. Loved. Life.  He never said “no” to an opportunity or a challenge.  When he could do it, he did it.  He was extremely hardworking and could always be found in his garage or garden, making something better. Kris loved riding his motorcycle and wheeling his Jeep. He was a member of the Boonie Bouncers off-road club and Clampers, ECV Chapter 1. He loved experiencing the world through travel and activities such as skydiving and swimming with whale sharks.  Above all, Kristopher cherished spending time with the love of his life, Lindsay and playing Legos or Hot Wheels with their amazing son, Jackson.

In lieu of flowers, Kristopher’s family is asking for donations to be made to The American Brain Tumor Association at!/donation/checkout.

Kristopher will be put to rest at a later date at Quantico National Cemetery.


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