David Mortensen, 64, of Alta, Iowa, passed away peacefully on Monday, Oct. 15, 2018, at the family farm.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, Oct. 19, 2018, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Mark Lutheran Church in Storm Lake. Burial will be in the Woodlawn Cemetery in Alta. Visitation will take place on Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Alta.
Memorials may be given to Buena Vista Regional Medical Center Oncology Department, 1525 W. Fifth St., Storm Lake, IA 50588; or UnityPoint Hospice, 112 W. Fifth St., Storm Lake, IA 50588; or Nokomis Township Cemetery Association, 610 Johnson St., Alta, IA 51002.
In lieu of flowers, do something kind for someone today or say "thank you" to someone, thinking of Dave. The Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Alta is in charge of the arrangements.
Dave was born on May 19, 1954, in Storm Lake, Iowa to Paul and Margaret (Michael) Mortensen. He graduated with the Alta High School Class of 1972. Dave attended Iowa Central Community College. Dave was proud to be a fourth-generation farmer, living in the home place with his wife, Deb. Dave was always a steward of the land, loving planting and harvest seasons. He received an award from the Storm Lake Preservation Society for his conservation practices. Dave also served as a Nokomis Township Trustee.
On Sept. 4, 1993, he married Deb Newton in Blairstown, Iowa. Together they enjoyed going to sprint car races, eating out, gardening and collecting things that "had a story." Dave loved classic cars, and loved swap meets and assisting the Post boys with their latest project, including a 1932 Ford, "Highboy."
Dave had quite a sense of humor. Oftentimes, people weren't sure how to take it. Dave helped several young men get started in agriculture and aided so many elderly with tasks that needed to be done. Even though Dave had many health issues, he rarely complained and commented that there are so many others worse off than him.
He is survived by his wife, Deb of Alta; sister-in-law, Ida Mortensen of Fort Myers Beach, Fla.; nephew, Brandon (Natalie) Mortensen and family of Southlake, Texas; niece, Kristin Mortensen (Jeff Tertel) and family of Philadelphia, Pa.; uncle, Ray Mortensen, Fort Dodge, Iowa; parents-in-law, Wayne and Nancy Newton of Blairstown, Iowa; brother-in-law, Don (Kelly) Newton and family of Luzerne, Iowa; brother-in-law, Dan (Carrie) Newton and family of Blairstown, Iowa; and many cousins and friends.
Preceding Dave in death were his parents, Paul and Margaret; brother, Doug; and aunts and uncles, Bernie and Wilna Johnson, Keith and Annie Mortensen, Eunice Mortensen, Rob and Elaine Michael, Vera and Virgil Ross and Gert and Johnny Ferguson.
The family wishes to express their thanks for the care provided by Dr. Glienke, Buena Vista Regional Medical Center Oncology Department and UnityPoint Hospice.