Michael Naatjes

Michael Naatjes

1954 - 2022

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Obituary of Michael Naatjes

With great sorrow we announce that Michael (Mike) Naatjes passed away June 29, 2022, at the Rochester Mayo Clinic.

 

Mike was born February 26, 1954, in Canton, SD to Louis and Erma (Heerde) Naatjes. While in Canton Mike excelled in many sports and even received several awards. After graduation, he was married and welcomed 3 daughters, Jessica, Jennifer, and Amy. Mike enlisted in the Marines and served with the Force Reconnaissance. Upon completion of his service he moved back to the midwest and later divorced. Mike realized that law enforcement was a calling he couldn't refuse. He was working for Clay County Sheriff's Office and while on patrol Mike pulled over a vehicle, and that is where he met Dawn Christoffer. He got more than he bargained for, because that traffic stop turned into 30 years of marriage and was blessed with 2 more children Aaron Naatjes and Haley Kempken.

 

During this time Mike, Dawn, Aaron and Haley made their way out to Montana where Mike continued his path in law enforcement where he worked for the Montana State Department of Corrections for approximately 11 years. After the kids flew the coop, Mike and Dawn moved back to Minnesota where they both worked with troubled youth for 5 years until he ultimately resigned.

 

During his last few years earth, Mike struggled with major health issues but during that time he still was the epitome of positivity. He was well known jokes (even the inappropriate funny ones), laughter, and his ability to make you believe a made-up wild story, because he was blessed with a poker face. It was said that if his lips were moving, he was probably feeding you bullshit.

 

Mike is survived by his wife Dawn Naatjes, 5 children Jessica (William) Baer, Jennifer (Andy) Sampson, Amy Naatjes, Aaron (Haeyoung) Naatjes, and Haley (Andrew) Kempken, 12 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren, and very special in-laws including parents, siblings and their spouses. Mike is preceded in death by his parents, grandparents, and granddaughter Raina.

 

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Tuesday
12
July

Visitation

9:00 am - 11:00 am
Tuesday, July 12, 2022
New Hope Lutheran Church, Comfrey
204 Court St. S.
Comfrey, Minnesota, United States
Tuesday
12
July

Service Information

11:00 am
Tuesday, July 12, 2022
New Hope Lutheran Church, Comfrey
204 Court St. S.
Comfrey, Minnesota, United States