Timothy Daniel Eckstine (aka Carl) of Cottage Grove, born February 15, 1992 in Cottage Grove, Oregon to Paul and Denise Eckstine went home to be with our Heavenly Father on September 9, 2017 in Dallas, Texas after a courageous battle against Ewing’s Sarcoma surrounded by his loving wife, Nichole and his parents. Timothy was the ultimate example of strength, optimism and faith leaving a beautiful legacy of true kindness and humor that will be woven into the future of his friends and family.
After graduating from Cottage Grove High School in 2010 Timothy began pursuing his dream career as a Wildland Firefighter with the Oregon Department of Forestry, where he made numerous life long friends. Timothy was also a Volunteer Firefighter with South Lane Fire and Rescue in Cottage Grove.
At the young age of four, Timothy met his first love, Soccer. Proceeding an outstanding high school career he continued to play in rec leagues, even playing while receiving treatment for his cancer. It was a love affair that lasted a lifetime and was only overshadowed by his love for his wife.
On July 7, 2017 Timothy married the love of his life, Nichole Needham in Cottage Grove, with family and friends witnessing the continuation of their amazing love story.
Timothy is survived by his wife, Nichole (Needham) Eckstine, parents Paul and Denise Eckstine, Grandparents James and Lucille Eckstine each of Cottage Grove, siblings Jeremie (Jakelen) Eckstine of Cottage Grove, Matthew (Maria) Eckstine of Chile, Sarah (Evan) Pope of Idaho, Thomas Eckstine of Eugene, Mary (Darrion) Wells of Cottage Grove, Rachel Eckstine of Springfield, Nieces and Nephews Brynnley, Adelae, Jameson, Apostle, Halia, Bailey, Natalie, Tenley, NormaJean, Jaylee and Maximiliano. Timothy is also survived by numerous Aunts and Uncles in Cottage Grove, Creswell, and Australia; plus, numerous cousins and second cousins throughout the United States. Timothy was preceded in death by Grandparents Kenneth and Norma Hoehn, and his Uncle PJ Patterson.
A get together soccer tournament will be held on Monday, September 25, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. on the back practice field at Cottage Grove High School to remember Timothy’s love of the game.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, September 30, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. at Riverside Community Church of God, 1255 S. River Road, Cottage Grove, Oregon.
Memorial contributions may be made to Northwest Community Credit Union Timothy D. Eckstine Fund, Cottage Grove and the Northwest Sarcoma Foundation, Seattle, Washington.