Remembering Tristen Hilgardner

Tristen L. “Tricky” Hilgardner, born on February 28, 2002, in Northfield, Minnesota, was a vibrant young man with an insatiable zest for life. His love for sports, particularly football and basketball, defined his youth. Whether immersed in his Fantasy Football Leagues or engrossed in sports podcasts, Tristen’s unwavering passion for athletics was contagious, illuminating every room he entered.

Tristen Hilgardner. 2002-2021

Tristen’s thirst for adventure extended to the water, where he enjoyed activities like tubing and swimming. With his gregarious nature, he cherished moments spent with friends, engaging in spirited poker games. His infectious sense of humor brought laughter to all who surrounded him.

Tragically, on December 17, 2021, Tristen departed from us unexpectedly, leaving a void in the hearts of his family and friends. His untimely passing shook everyone who had the privilege of knowing him. Tristen was preceded in death by his beloved Papa, Ted Hilgardner.

Tristen Hilgardner & Brian Hilgardner
Tristen Hilgardner and Brian Hilgardner

He is survived by his parents, Brian and Cari Hilgardner, and his siblings, Chance, Abby, Maddie, Olivia, and Justice. Among his loving family are also his grandparents, Clare Hilgardner and Dave and LuAnn Schroeder, as well as his aunts and uncles, Matt (Nicki) Hilgardner, Kristina Hilgardner (Tom Handrich), and Lisa (Nathan) Bruhn. Countless cousins, relatives, and friends also mourn his loss.

To honor Tristen’s memory and challenges, his family kindly requests donations to the Fentanyl Free Communities Foundation as a tribute to his life.

Brian Hilgardner, a devoted Board Member of the Fentanyl Free Communities Foundation, Brian possesses a deep understanding of the devastating impact of the fentanyl crisis and its related devastating effects. Brian’s connection, exceptional leadership qualities, and strong community ties enable him to make a significant difference in the fight against fentanyl.

The Fentanyl Free Communities Foundation honors the memory of those lost to fentanyl poisoning by sharing their stories, with permission from their families, as part of our educational efforts. We are committed to raising awareness and positively impacting the fight against fentanyl poisoning.

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