Brad Kamcheff


September 8, 1969  –  December 26, 2023


image of Brad Kamcheff

Brad Kamcheff

Brad was born on September 8th, 1969 at Highline Hospital in Seattle, Washington to Melvin and Marilyn (Paulk) Kamcheff. He passed away at home in Kirkland, Washington on December 26th, 2023. Brad was named in the Bulgarian tradition of honoring his father’s name (Melvin), a name of his own (Bradley), and his maternal grandfather (Merle).

From an early age, Brad was energetic and loved to run, playing Select Soccer for several years. Growing up he was close to his family and enjoyed summer camping in Eastern Washington, particularly near the Teanaway River, where he hiked, fished, and found great fun in rock hounding. Brad graduated from Hazen High School and went on to Bellevue College before he found a work family at Aiphone Communications. He was employed there for 35 years, most recently leading the Marketing department. He traveled frequently for his company, and always made a point to use his spare time finding out-of-the-way local attractions.

Brad married Karen Sand on August 9th, 1998. They were blessed with two children, Wren and Krista. Brad was a devoted father who adored sharing music, concerts, camping, hiking, road trips, and many other outdoor adventures with his kids.

Brad loved attending concerts and listening to music, especially country, blues, bluegrass, and rock-n-roll. He enjoyed playing guitar, feeding neighborhood crows (his “crow-mies”), scouring sea glass beaches, and wire-wrapping his findings into beautiful jewelry. He was a phenomenal cook and expressed love through food. Brad was very generous and passionate about helping others; an amazing friend with a gift for making people feel special. He lightened rooms with his “punniness”, Dad jokes, and risqué humor that will be missed by many.

Melvin Bradley Merle Kamcheff, known to loved ones as Brad, is survived by his wife Karen Kamcheff, children Wren and Krista Kamcheff, mother Marilyn Kamcheff, and sister Karrie Kamcheff. He is also survived by cousins, many friends around the world, and his beloved dogs, Ella and Nova.

He is preceded in death by his father Melvin Kamcheff, grandparents Charlie and Laura Kamcheff, and grandparents Merle and Charlotte Paulk.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to MusiCares or a favorite pet shelter.

17 Responses to “Brad Kamcheff”

  • Cheryl Bloom says:

    Much love and many blessings to all!

  • Sharalynne Middleton says:

    Brad, growing up together you were the closet thing to a brother I had, even though cousin is technically what what we were. We always would celebrate Christmas together and most holidays. Many times camping and fishing in Eastern WA. Looking for pictures for your celebration I have found many Halloween photos of the 3 of us in costume. Your mom was really great to include me.

    I am really glad we started having our lunches a couple of years ago. I will have that time to cherish getting to know YOU better.

    My condolences to your family. I am heartbroken for them all. You have left us way too soon.

  • Tony & Linda says:

    Karen, Wren Krista and all the Kamcheff Family – Our thoughts and prayers are with you always. I am pretty sure that Brad would not want you to be sad for too long. He was as good a friend as we have known. We love you all very much. T&L

  • Becky Chamber says:

    Brad was the best a hockey dad could be- always positive and supportive, and great fun to be around. I’m saddened by his passing and keeping Karen, Krista, and Wren in my thoughts.

  • Melissa deVita says:

    Such a big loss for family, community and friends. RIP. He made me smile every time he entered a room.

  • Katie says:

    Brad was a great man. Loved his family and friends. He will be truly missed.

  • Troy Hamblin says:

    Brad, we never met. Friends on Facebook, fellow Highlanders…always intrigued by your adventures, your love of music. Your recent press run in Colorado brought back memories as I did that role for years…the measure of a man is how he is loved by others…well done Brad.. Godspeed

  • David Crawford says:

    Though Brad may be gone from this world, he will forever live in our memories and in our hearts. Karen, Wren, and Krista, please accept my warmest condolences. I had the pleasure of growing up and hanging out with Brad from grade school through high school and some recent Facebook messaging trying to hook up hear in Denver for some music. Brad will truly be missed.

  • Jeanette George says:

    So sad to lose Brad so suddenly and so young. I hope his spirit is staying close to his family, watching over them during their griefing process and helping them remember all the good times, putting smiles on their faces and in their hearts.

  • Tina Hertel says:

    When you miss Brad the most, think of your happiest memories of him and remember how blessed we all were to have him in our lives. God bless you, Brad.†

  • Leslie Craig says:

    I only got the pleasure of hanging out with Brad a handful of times over the years but it was always memorable and we had a good laugh…especially at the Paint & Sip class we all took. Brad’s painting was the best!

    So sorry for your loss, he was taken way too young. Sending you all positive and healing energy during this very difficult time.

  • Ronda Reifel says:

    Brad was one of the funniest people I’ve ever met. He will be missed. My thoughts are with Karen, Wren, Krista.

  • Bobbie Matters says:

    Sad loss of a great man! When Brad was around his positive vibes made you smile instantly.
    My thoughts and prayers go out to all his family and friends. May all the wonderful memories comfort you in this difficult time.I was blessed to know Brad and have some good laughs with him. You will be missed dearly!
    Rest in peace Brad 🙏💔

  • Jeff Curtis says:

    Bradley my Chaotic Golf Cart brother…I was shocked to hear of your passing.
    You made me fear Company Golf Tournaments but at the same time gave me such great joy to be included in these frantic foray’s
    Brad you have always been a friend I knew that when we connected it would be a wonderful moment.
    Sherry and I truly loved our times together with you and Karen…we feel so blessed to have great moments with you both.
    Like the line from U2 “One Tree Hill”….”I’ll see you again when the Stars fall from the sky..when the moon is Red over One Tree Hill”
    Love you Bradley…Karen thank you for sharing Brad with me.

  • Melissa Zylstra says:

    Getting to know Brad when the girls played on the Wilds hockey team was such a pleasure! He was always so kind, funny, and thoughtful.

    What a blessing to have known him! He will be missed.

  • Mikki says:

    I got to know Bread during the hockey years. He was in charge of the music, he was so much fun and all the girls on the team loved the fun music he played. He always seemed to find a way to make everyone around him laugh. Such a big loss, he will be missed. Rest in peace Brad.

  • Jannette Marts says:

    I was blessed to have known Brad and his family at a very difficult time of my life, and he was a friend when I needed one. I was honored to have also gotten to know and love his beautiful wife Karen, and his lovely children, Wren and Krista. Hearing them talk about their father was amazing! I lost my dad when I was about their age, and they are handling things with such grace. Brad is, was, and always will be proud of them! His family meant the world to him, and he will always be remembered in their love, and the love of all who knew him ❤️

Leave a Reply

Please be respectful. Disrespectful comments will not be published

When you have successfully submitted a comment, look in the space above to see your comment.

Your comment is awaiting moderation.

If you do not see your comment, click HERE