Kevin Bradley Mehlhaff
May 15, 1990 - March 7, 2019

Kevin Bradley Mehlhaff

Kevin Bradley Mehlhaff
May 15, 1990 - Mar 7, 2019

Kevin Bradley Mehlhaff
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KEVIN BRADLEY MEHLHAFF, 28, Seattle, died Thursday, March 7, 2019 at his Seattle home. Kevin Bradley Mehlhaff was born May 15, 1990 in Minneapolis, MN, the son of Bradley and Janan (Brown) Mehlhaff.
Kevin graduated from Robbinsdale Cooper High School, New Hope, MN in 2009, receiving the school's, Outstanding Senior Award. In 2013, he graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, earning a B.S. degree in Computer Science. He was a member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity. Kevin began his career as a software engineer at Microsoft Corporation in Redmond, Washington in 2013. He continued his career at Google Corporation's Bellevue office in December 2018.
Kevin enjoyed soccer, biking, snowshoeing, photography, playing video games, the opera, and the occasional golf game with Grandma. His living in Seattle inspired newfound passions for backpacking, hiking, camping, and mountain climbing. Kevin was an avid traveler as well, experiencing adventures in Europe, South America, and Japan. He especially loved his annual summer trips to national parks, including Rocky Mountain National Park (2014); Zion National Park, Bryce National Park, and Death Valley National Park (2015); Glacier National Park (2016, his favorite); Denali National Park (2017); Channel Islands National Park (2018); Banff National Park of Canada, Jasper National Park of Canada, and Yoho National Park of Canada (2018). Following his time in Denali National Park, Kevin concluded his 2017 summer exploits with "14-er Madness", climbing six 14,000 ft. Colorado mountains in just seven days. Kevin's wide circle of beloved friends were integral to all of his many interests.
Kevin was preceded in death by his grandparents, Ray and Pat Mehlhaff, and Terry Brown. He is survived by his parents, Brad and Janan (Brown) Mehlhaff of New Hope, MN; his sister, Rachel Mehlhaff, of Minneapolis, MN; his grandmother, Marlene Brown, of Manly, IA; and numerous extended family members and friends.
Visitation at Evergreen-Washelli Funeral Home, 11111 Aurora Ave. N, Seattle, WA 98133, on March 22, 2019 from 4pm to 6pm. Funeral services will be held at Faith Lutheran Church, 8208 18th Ave. NE, Seattle, WA 98115, on March 23, 2019 at 12:00 PM, with visitation one hour prior to the service. Following the services, the Family will host a luncheon in the church social hall. All are invited to attend. Funeral arrangements are provided by Evergreen Washelli Funeral Home. Memorials may be sent to 9109 31st Ave. N, Minneapolis, MN, 55427 and will be distributed by the Family at a later date.
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kris hall on Mar 20, 2019

Brad I want you to know that I am so sorry for your loss, I know first hand how hard this can be. Please know that I am praying for you all. I know he will be missed. Love Kris Hall

Carol Anderson on Mar 20, 2019

Brad & Family. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. May the memories and love bring peace to your loss. Carol Anderson

Bonnie Hagen on Mar 20, 2019

Sandy Thede sent an email to notify us the sad news of Kevin's death. I am so incredibly sorry you are grieving the death of your son and Marlene's grandson's death. My brother took his own life and I know how painful it is for parents and grandparents. It's just not supposed to work that way. :-( Just in reading about Kevin, he sounded like such a great guy. Savor your memories and know I am praying for your family.

Jon Garren on Mar 20, 2019

Kevin I will miss you bro.
I have many memories of Kevin and I going to Sunny Hollow and also working at willow creek movie theater together. One memory I have is that we used to go to the casino after work and I always thought he could count cards because he was so smart but after losing my 50 bucks and his as well I figured out quickly he couldn't count cards and that we should keep our day jobs. I will miss him. He was a great friend.
My prayers go out to his family.

Ryan Haasken on Mar 19, 2019

Brad, Janan, Rachel, and family, I am so sorry for your loss.

Kevin and I met in our freshman year of college during our intro to computer science course. We were partners on our final project for that class, which was to create an artificial intelligence to play a game, which would then compete against those of other students. I remember one late night working on that project with him at Middlebrook Hall. I was hopelessly lost in the complexity of our own creation, but he managed to push the project over the finish line, and we ended up placing near the top of the class. He was such a smart guy. He was always my preferred lab partner in the classes we had together, not just for his intelligence, but also for his sense of humor and his ability to help me relax when I was stressed about the project. We continued to grow closer throughout college, and we were roommates for two years in a house in the Como neighborhood. I was so lucky to have a roommate who was also such a good friend.

After college, I went to visit him a few times in Seattle. Every time I visited, he was such a gracious host and tour guide, always excited to show me his favorite spots in the city or some beautiful hiking trails. I remember when I visited in the Fall of 2016. He picked me up at the airport early in the morning on a Friday, and we drove a few hours to do some hiking in North Cascades National Park. We got to spend those hours catching up on each other's lives. We then drove back that night to spend time with his friends. He was always able to pack so much into those short trips. He had such an adventurous personality, and I wouldn't have gotten to do many of the things we did without his influence.

I visited him again in the late summer in 2018, this time with my girlfriend, Megan. Again, he was such a generous host, allowing us to stay in his condo with him, and driving the three of us to several locations in Mount Rainier National Park, where we hiked several trails and marveled at the ancient trees on the Grove of the Patriarchs trail. It was truly a breathtaking sight, and we were so grateful for Kevin acting as our tour guide. Back in the city, he taught us how to use Lime bikes to see the sights. Unlike me, he was always so current on trends in technology, and it was always enlightening and entertaining to hear how he would describe them.

Those are just a few memories of the time I spent with Kevin. I feel so lucky that I got to know him and be his friend. Both Megan and I will miss him so much, and we send our deepest condolences to your entire family and everybody else who loved him.

Ken Strand on Mar 19, 2019

I was deeply saddened to hear of Kevin's passing. I fondly remember him from his 5th grade days at Sunny Hollow. He was the Master of our Math Masters team that year. I was not surprised to see that he went on to achieve such success in school and his career. Not only did we share a love of math, but also a love of our national parks. I am sure he very much enjoyed the peace and beauty he experienced exploring the wilderness. My prayers are with your family.

Debbie Mikulla on Mar 18, 2019

Sending our deepest sympathy to Kevin's family and all who loved him.
Curt and Debbie (Brian Kennedy's sister) Mikulla

Neil Wolfe on Mar 18, 2019

Sending up prayers for comfort and strength for you Brad, Janan, Rachel, Aunt Marlene and family as you remember and celebrate Kevin's life. Neil, Jenifer, Ben, Matt, and Collin Wolfe

Amy Aves Wendt on Mar 17, 2019

Janan and Family, you have my deepest sympathy on the loss of your son. Know that he is at peace now. May you find peace as well.

Amy Aves Wendt

Diane Pulling on Mar 17, 2019

I am so sorry to hear this sad news. Kevin was my student in IB English and I so enjoyed the bright intellect he brought into my classroom. I also must reminisce about the funny smirks and low laughing we all enjoyed when discussing some of the “sassier” parts of books like 100 Years of Soliitude. His blushing was my delight! I do remember him from 1,000’s of students I taught. Much love and sympathy to his family. Diane Pulling English Teacher RCHS (retired)

Cindy Nikolas on Mar 17, 2019

My nephew Kevin was someone I admired greatly. He was a kind, adventurous young man who loved his family very much. A sympathy card I received said, "It's not the length of life, but the depth of life." In his short life, Kevin had a lot of depth. I miss him so much.
Cindy Mehlhaff Nikolas

Sandy & Jay Thede on Mar 17, 2019

Brad, Janan, Rachel, Marlene, and extended family, Our thoughts and my prayers go out to all of you during this difficult time. We only met Kevin a few times, but heard about him so much over his 28 years with all of you. He made grandpa and grandma Brown so terribly happy when he visited and we heard all about his golfing times and the stories he told. They were and are so terribly proud of him. May God welcome him into Heaven and grandpa Terry wrap his arms around him and comfort him.

Jay and Sandy Thede

Marilyn and Doug Wolfe on Mar 17, 2019

We followed many of Kevin’s adventures from his posted pictures on Facebook! Many times he would be happily smiling from the top of a mountain. His love for exploring was a gift to see the world in its glory! His clearly found solace and peace in nature, He will be remembered as a wonderful, sensitive, loving young man, that left his family all too soon! May he find beautiful mountains to climb with his Grandparents in heaven!

Our deepest sympathy to Brad, Janan, Rachel, and Marlene on this tragic loss. Kevin had already achieved so much in his life and had such promise yet to fulfill. He will be sorely missed by everyone who knew him. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you through this difficult time.

Aunt Marilyn and Uncle Doug

Butch and Sharon Kennedy, Brownburg, IN on Mar 16, 2019

Brad, Janan, Rachael, and extended family --- our deepest sympathy on your loss. Thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Harold (Butch) and Sharon Kennedy, Brownsburg, Indiana.

Lehoan Pham on Mar 16, 2019

May your soul in death find the peace it sought in life.

You and I met about 10 years ago when we were just kids in college. We were young, on a large campus, and wanted to find somewhere where we belonged. We found that place. We found each other. And, together with Brian Wilkins, we formed a friendship that so many seek, yet few ever obtain.

After college, we started to take vacations together. We traded in trips to Blarney for dancing the days and nights away in Vegas; for hiking beautiful trails at Cape Kiwanda; and for traversing the wondrous City of Seattle.

But, the true constant was you, Brian, and I were all together. Just as we were when we first met.

Recently, your brothers gathered and celebrated your life. We celebrated our time with the “Haff.” We reminisced about our fondest memories of you. Each story had one constant: your presence brought immense joy and laughter. We also shared the pain that we felt because you are no longer here.

Everyone’s pain, however, is undeniable proof that your presence and company were invaluable. We only feel that pain because you brought us so much joy, and we’ve all had to accept that you have moved on. You were loved by myself and so many others. You were a great friend and even better man. You were destined to do amazing things throughout your life; not just as part of your job, but to improve humanity as a whole.

Your death will not sever the bonds that you created. Nor will it erase our memories of you. Your spirit will be with us during all future trips—whether to Vegas, or some yet-to-be explored destination. Your spirit will continue to remind us that the bonds we have are precious and must be protected.

Thank you for being friends with me. Thank you for all the wonderful memories.

And so, Kevin, my friend, my brother, may your eternal rest be joyful and peaceful.

Ron Wolfe on Mar 15, 2019

Kevin was a kind, considerate, loving great nephew who dearly loved his Grandpa & Grandma Brown, especially on the golf links & game table. Loving support to Kevin's father, mother, and sister, Rachel, through these challenging times. Great Uncle Ron Wolfe & Linda

Marlene Brown on Mar 15, 2019

Grandma Brown
Kevin was my golfing buddy and the grandson loving everything I cooked. After Grandpa's
death, he was very caring. Also, now I don't have my computer support. Will miss the table games he liked to,play. Love and miss you, Kevin.

Lori Wolfe on Mar 15, 2019

Kevin was a kind, sweet person. He was good to his younger cousins and his Grandma Marlene. He was smart and hardworking. His death is a huge void in all of our lives.

Tammy Faktor on Mar 15, 2019

Kevin was a kind wonderful nephew who I will miss with all my heart - loved him so much!! Sending prayers to my sister, niece and brother-in-law who I love dearly!



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