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Bart Ekren obituary

Published on September 29, 2017 12:01AM

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Bart Ekren

Bart Ekren


Dec. 18, 1951 — Sept. 21, 2017

Bart Ekren, 65, passed away on Sept. 21, 2017 with his family by his side. Sunday evening, Sept. 17, Bart suffered a massive stroke when a vegetation on his mitral valve broke away and blocked his left carotid artery. The vegetation was initially found when he was diagnosed with bacterial endocarditis two months ago. Bart will be missed by all who knew him.

Bart was born on Dec. 28, 1951, in Grand Junction, Colorado. Growing up in Colorado gave him an excellent opportunity to exercise his passion for the outdoors. He was an avid fly fisherman, tying his own flies in his teens. He loved to cross-country ski in the winter and hike in the summer. Bart would use any excuse to journey into nature’s glory.

After graduating from Arvada High School in 1970, Bart attended college at Colorado State University in Fort Collins where he earned a bachelor’s degree in microbiology. It was in his college years that he married his high school sweetheart, Margie Schuckmann, in 1973. They had two children, Clint and Katy.

Bart worked for Coors Brewing Co. for one year before entering dental school at the University of Colorado Dental School. He practiced general dentistry in Julesburg, Colorado, for four years. Although he enjoyed his dental practice, he decided to specialize in orthodontics and moved his family to Portland, where he completed the orthodontic specialty program at Oregon Health & Science University.

He opened his Portland orthodontic practice in 1986. He took over a second practice in Warrenton five years ago. At the time of his death, Bart was working at both of his private practices as well as part time for Willamette Dental in Beaverton.

Bart indulged himself in many hobbies. He was an avid bird watcher, photographer, fisherman, wood craftsman, amateur astronomer, inventor, and most recently, refurbished old shop tools.

Bart is survived by his lifelong love, Margie; son Clint; granddaughter Emma; grandson Milo; father Einar Bartlett (94); sisters Nancy, Sally and Anita; and nieces Lindsey and Heidi. He was preceded in death by his mother, daughter and grandson.

His passing has left a hole in all of our lives. A celebration of Bart’s life will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 30, at Attrell’s Newberg Funeral Chapel.

Memorial donations may be made to the Dougy Center, a charity that has meant so much to Bart’s family, at


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