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David M. Saatoff

David Morris Saatoff, 52, of Brainerd, Minn., died on Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012, after a courageous battle with brain cancer. After being diagnosed in June, Dave created the “My Name is Dave” message. He was inspired to get the word out that no one is immune to cancer.

Dave is survived by his wife, Natalie; son, Joshua David Saatoff, Seattle; daughter, Elizabeth Noel Saatoff, Brainerd, Minn.; grandson, Marcello Rae Saatoff, Seattle; parents, Gene and Beverly Saatoff, Waubun, Minn.; brothers, Todd (Merritt) Saatoff, Hibbing, Minn., Russ (Irene) Saatoff, Prior Lake, Minn.; paternal grandmother, Leona Saatoff, Waubun, Minn.; in-laws, Richard and Vivian Smith, White Bear Lake, Minn.; brothers-in-law, Ryan Smith, North St. Paul, Minn., Rodmen (Kim) Smith, Centerville, Minn.; nieces and nephews, Dennis, Samantha, Kateryna, Kenley and Gracie; several aunts, uncles, cousins, and a large extended family. Dave is preceded in death by his grandparents, Rint Saatoff, Evelyn Fisher and Donald Fisher; and uncle, Dennis “Butch” Saatoff.

Funeral services will be Wednesday, Oct. 31, 10 a.m. at Lord of Life Lutheran Church, Baxter, Minn. Following the funeral, burial service will be held at noon at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery near Camp Ripley in the Administration & Committal Services Building. Full military honors will be provided by the Grand Forks Air Force Base Honor Guard and the Brainerd American Legion Post No. 255 Color Guard. Visitation will be held at Lord of Life Lutheran Church on Tuesday, Oct. 30 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. with special remembrances of Dave to be shared at 7 p.m. Memorials are preferred. A scholarship will be established in Dave’s memory through the Brainerd Education Foundation for a student pursuing a music degree.

Nelson-Doran Funeral Home & Crematory, Brainerd.