Brandon Tyler Bartels

May 15, 2000March 30, 2021

Brandon Tyler Bartels passed away suddenly on March 30, 2021, in Estacada, Oregon, after struggling with depression for several months. He will be remembered and deeply missed by his heartbroken family, friends, and fellow students, who know that he was not defined by his illness, but only succumbed to it.

Brandon was born in Portland on May 15, 2000, his parents John Bartels and Jean Niiranen’s beautiful boy. He was a 2018 graduate of David Douglas High School with a focus on mathematics, and where he also played baseball. Brandon excelled at his studies, made many friends, and was well-respected by teachers and staff. At the time of his passing, he was a junior at Portland State University, where he had begun his studies as a Math major before changing to Economics this year, having also taken a strong interest in music. In fact, he had begun creating beats and had entered into a business venture to sell them and try his hand at music production.

Brandon always enjoyed the outdoors, and was particularly happy as a student in downtown Portland and riding his bike and skateboard along the waterfront. He also loved the beach and going trail riding and hiking at the coast. Brandon liked to draw, and was a good cook (although maybe not such a good kitchen cleaner after the cooking). He was a past member of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity.

Brandon was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents Nilo and Dorothy Niiranen, and by an uncle, Brian Niiranen.

He is survived by his parents, John Bartels and Jean Niiranen,

his sister Brooke Bartels (with whom he was particularly close),

paternal grandparents, Arthur and Valerie Bartels,

several aunts and uncles,

Linda Presley and husband David, Richard Niiranen and wife Sonya, Ray Niiranen, Helen Hiiranen, Chris Bartels, Joe Bartels, and Dan Bartels, Carol Morton and husband Randy, David Bartels and wife Darlene, Sam Bartels and wife Lesa, Tom Bartels, and Debbie Bartels,

and by numerous cousins.

A public memorial celebration of Brandon’s life will be held when the limits on public gatherings have been lifted.

In lieu of flowers, his family requests donations in his name to either the National Alliance on Mental Illness or to a charity of support for mental health of the donor's choice.


No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.


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Elise Brickner-Schulz

April 7, 2021

I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I am sending you healing thoughts.

Summer Criss

April 5, 2021

Brandon Tyler, I have so much I can say about you.. You were One of my best friends We had the best times at work you always knew how to make me smile and u were always smiling I miss you so much and I'm sad we didn't get the chance to hangout again like we had planned..

The last tome we talked was just 3 short weeks ago we video chatted for over a hour u seen my kids you told me u missed me I feel guilty that I didn't reach out to you sooner but I didn't know ...

I really wish I would have known and I could have done more I'll never forget you and you will always be someone who inspired me to do better and never give up... I'm sorry you felt you couldn't do it anymore but I understand you were done fighting ..... please know that you really touched my life more than you will ever know..... I love you and miss u so much

Rest easy Brandon your family and friends love you so much thank you for being a amazing soul......

I'm going to visit your parents tomorrow I made them a painting for you

Linda Presley

April 5, 2021

I am so glad we had the opportunity to share some of the Indiana sites with our nephew Brandon. He was able to stand at the top of the Pete Dye Golf Course and look out for miles. His enthusiasm and smile were contagious. We will cherish these memories and remember him as the loving person he was. May God grant Brandon's family and friends comfort, strength, and courage in the days, weeks, and months ahead.

Gabe Blackburn

April 5, 2021

I love you Brandon. I cannot stop thinking about you. A couple of years back I saved stories you wrote in some of your old journals that you used for assignments back at Woodmere. You captured a favorite memory of mine, and hopefully yours.