David ReinhartDavid S. Reinhart

Sep. 30, 1971 - Dec. 29, 2012


Written by David's father


David’s 41 years were filled with life, love and adventure. He lived life to the fullest, gaining a world of friends, growing in business stature, seeking new adventures and finally finding the love of his life, Char, his adorable wife of sixteen too short months. To all his multitude of friends from the many facets of his life, we say thank you for all the support you have given us. He loved you and he will deeply miss being with you. His last moments were spent fighting to live so he could return to all those he loved so dearly.


David was born in Palos Verdes Estates, California, the fourth child of Susan and Dick Reinhart. His family moved to Lake Oswego in 1974, where David attended Hallinan Elementary and Lakeridge High School and met so many lasting friendships and enjoyed his time playing soccer and running track. Upon graduation, he went to Oregon State University where he received his business degree and became a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity where he gained another amazing group of friends.


Following graduation from OSU, David served three years as congressional aide in Washington, D.C. to long-time Oregon Congressman Robert Smith, prior to returning to Oregon and establishing a commercial real estate career with his brother Craig as a Principal of Cresa Partners, a national tenant representation firm. Later, an amazing business opportunity presented itself through Matt Felton, Chief Executive Officer of Felton Properties, Inc. where David found immense satisfaction in his work as the Managing Director of their Portland office and enjoyed a truly amazing personal relationship with the entire Felton family.


David was so very capable as it seemed there was little he could not do very well. He led an extraordinary life balancing his business career, a life of adventure filled with climbing some of the world’s highest and most difficult peaks, fishing, backpacking and skiing while still finding time for home brewing and taking in and finding homes for rescue dogs and doing the charity work he was so committed to for the Albertina Kerr Centers. David found a wonderful sense of freedom in all his adventures, and his videos, set to the music he loved, were classics. After a  


search that took most of his life, David met his fabulous wife, Char Moe. Their life together was a beautiful story where both were so thrilled their lives had become intertwined. Char knew what David’s adventures meant to him and she willingly gave him the freedom to live his life to the fullest. She was truly amazing in her support for all of David’s life’s work. On his final climb, at an elevation of 22,000 feet, after scaling ice walls and some of the most difficult terrain, David fought with all his strength and being to reach the summit and return to Char, but high attitude sickness overwhelmed him and it was not to be. Through all the days and hours of waiting and hoping for the climber’s safe return, her faith never wavered while David’s brothers, Craig and Steve, went to Argentina to help organize and support the rescue effort.


In addition to David’s wife Char, he is survived by his parents, Susan and Dick Reinhart of Lake Oswego, brothers Steve, Craig and John, sisters Lisa Speers of Eugene and Teresa Sanders of Milwaukie and their spouses plus all the nieces and nephews that adored David and the aunts and uncles that miss his wonderful sense of being.


A joint Celebration of Life for Dave and his climbing partner Eric Nourse will take place on Saturday, January 12th, at 4:00 pm at the Multnomah Athletic Club and all their many friends and associates are invited to attend. It was with Eric, along with Eric’s surviving brother Greg, that Dave shared the joys of so many of his adventures and on the final climb it was Eric and Greg who made herculean efforts to bring Dave down safely.


The Nourse and Reinhart families, like all their friends, feel a tremendous sense of loss. David was wonderful to be with, always polite, well-spoken and respectful. You always knew he cared about you and that you were important to him. David ReinhartYou left him feeling a renewed sense of confidence and well-being. David and Eric will be deeply missed. They were both the finest of men.

In lieu of flowers, please direct any support to Albertina Kerr Centers, or to the David Reinhart Memorial fund at Umpqua Bank for the future funding of communication devices for mountaineers in trouble. 


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