Memorial services for Jamie Daniel Coquyt, 44, of Ely, will be held at noon Saturday, Aug. 18, at Lakeview Funeral Home in Fairmont, Minn. A private family burial will be held at a later date. Visitation will be two hours prior to the time of service from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the funeral home. Following the service, there will be a time of fellowship, lunch and sharing of memories held at the KC Hall in Fairmont. Jamie passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City surrounded by his loving family. The Lakeview Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Fairmont is assisting the family with arrangements.
Jamie Daniel Coquyt was born Nov. 14, 1973, in Canby, Minn., to Dan and Pam (Pesch) Coquyt. Jamie was a 1992 graduate of Fairmont Senior High School and received his bachelor's degree in history from Buena Vista University in 1996. He later earned his master's degree from Viterbo University.
On Dec. 7, 1996, Jamie was united in marriage to Missy (Klusmeier) in Fairmont. They were blessed with two amazing children, Kaylee and Noah. Jamie began his teaching career in 1996 at Ballard Community Schools in Huxley as a high school history teacher. His passion for education and coaching grew every year, along with his dedication to his students. He served as assistant high school principal from 2003 to 2008 and then as principal of Ballard East Elementary from 2008 to 2013. In 2013, he became director of human resources for College Community School District in Cedar Rapids.
Jamie was a devoted husband, father, son, brother and educator. He touched so many lives in his short time on earth and will be missed greatly by all who were fortunate enough to know him. He loved his family very much and enjoyed spending time with them on family vacations. He especially enjoyed the family trips to northern Minnesota with cool weather and creating memories.
Jamie will be forever remembered by his wife and best friend, Missy; children, Kaylee and Noah; parents, Dan and Pam Coquyt; sister, Jody (Dustin) Benes; brother, Jeff (Tina) Coquyt; father-in-law, Bill Klusmeier; brother-in-law, Matt (Melissa) Klusmeier; nieces and nephews, Dylan and Caleb Benes, Charlotte Coquyt, Peyton, Parker and Garrett Klusmeier; and countless aunts, uncles, cousins and dear friends.
He was preceded in death by grandparents, Ray and Marie Coquyt and Lyle and Margie Pesch; and mother-in-law, Diane Klusmeier.