Brian Hartigan
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Obituary of Brian Charles Hartigan

Brian Charles Hartigan, 35, of Beaverton, Oregon, formerly of Kinnelon, NJ, passed away on May 8, 2020.


Born in Pompton Plains on May 9, 1984, Brian was the son of Henry W. (Harry) and Barbara L. Hartigan, husband of Rachelle Smith Hartigan, father of Henry and Margaret (Maggie) Hartigan, and best friend to his dog Hank.


Raised in Kinnelon, Brian was a 2002 graduate of Kinnelon High School.  He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Norwich University in Vermont and accepted a commission as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army.  As a Captain, Brian served in Iraq with the 37th Engineers before being accepted into the Special Forces Qualification Course where he earned his Green Beret. 


Brian and Rachelle relocated to DuPont, Washington, where Brian became team leader of Operational Detachment Alpha 1336 of the First Special Forces Group at Fort Lewis, Washington.  ODA 1336 was deployed to Afghanistan in 2013 where they served at a forward operating base returning in mid-2014. For his actions and leadership during combat operations in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan, Brian was awarded the US Military Bronze Star.


Brian left active duty in 2016 but continued to serve in a Special Forces unit of the Washington National Guard where he achieved the rank of Major. 


In addition to devoting his time to the Guard, Brian was employed as Marketplace Operations Manager at Nike in Beaverton, Oregon, where he worked until his passing. Brian brought to Nike unique specialized talents and experience, which inspired Nike to revise their US Military Leave Program to provide up to twelve weeks of paid time off every twelve months so full-time employees could continue to serve our country.


Brian had a passion for the outdoors and shared this with his wife Rachelle and their children Maggie and Henry, always including his favorite hound Hank. At home, Brian developed brilliant woodworking skills.


Brian was pre-deceased by his brother Timothy (Tim).  His wife Rachelle, their children Maggie and Henry, his parents Barbara and Harry, his maternal grandmother Sienie McGuire, and many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends will greatly miss him.


We who loved Brian are very proud of his accomplishments, his character, and his love of family.


In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Brian’s name to the Green Beret Foundation at





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