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Kirsten C. Tynan

December 21, 1972 ~ March 5, 2024 (age 51) 51 Years Old

Kirsten Tynan Obituary

Kirsten Colleen "KC" Tynan, 51, of Corvallis, MT, closed her eyes, stopped breathing, and died on March 5th, 2024 due to small cell carcinoma of unknown primary location, metastasized to the liver and beyond.

Kirsten was born in Scottsdale, AZ 4 days before Christmas to Edmund and Judith Tynan and was sent home from the hospital in the Christmas stocking she used every single Christmas thereafter. Beyond this, the baggage of a Christmas-season birthday was something she was doomed to struggle against for her entire life. IYKYK.

Kirsten’s family admired her profoundly for the integrity and energy she brought to every aspect of her life.  If a thing was worth doing, then to her, it was worth putting the full force of her focus, intelligence, and efforts into it.  This was most thoroughly demonstrated in her 15 years of dedication to and advocacy for the Fully Informed Jury Association, the non-profit organization for which she served as the Executive Director for the last 10 years.  She worked to support and expand FIJA's educational outreach efforts to inform everyone of the traditional, legal authority of jurors to protect human rights by refusing to enforce unjust or unjustly applied laws.

Beyond her work, her zest for life translated into a willingness to try just about anything, and her hobbies ranged from hiking to astronomy to cooking to judging debate competitions to binging Hallmark movies to dinosaurs to travel to drumming to ice skating to crocheting to . . . the list seems endless.  

Her friends will remember and thank her for her love of justice, for spearheading and meticulously planning social events such as Soup Night and Camp Moxie, and for her love of dogs (especially her own Pepper Ann Delbarco, who predeceased Kirsten). 

In her own words, “I have loved my life in Montana. It has been the very best part of my life. I am so thankful that I got to spend so many years here.”

Kirsten’s final months were buoyed by her humor and willingness to enjoy any joke, no matter how dark.  She would also like it noted that (to paraphrase the late, great Norm Macdonald), cancer did not beat her.  When she died, the cancer also died, making it at least a draw.

Kirsten is survived by her father, Edmund Tynan, sisters Tricia, Mara, Leressa (Eric Ray), Megan (Tommy Dunmore), and Erin, her brother Joe, and her much-loved nieces and nephews: Johnathan, Andrew, Julia, and Sarah Ray.  She was preceded in death by her mother, Judith Tynan.  

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Fully Informed Jury Association would be very much appreciated.  An online memorial will be held in a few weeks.  Condolences may be left for the family at 

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