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Jay Gaetz

Aug. 8, 1968-june 29, 2012

Jay C. Gaetz, 43, of Rochert, died Friday, June 29, 2012 at Essentia Health-St. Mary's in Detroit Lakes.

Funeral services are set for 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 3 at the Lakes Area Vineyard Church in Detroit Lakes, with Pastor Janice Ornquist, officiating. Interment was in Senjen Cemetery.

Visitation took place from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday, July 2, with an 8 p.m. prayer service, at the new David-Donehower Funeral Home in Detroit Lakes, and continuing for one hour prior to Tuesday's service at the church.

Jay Charles Gaetz was born to Marvin and Glenaris "Pat" (Quatier) Gaetz on August 8, 1968 in Fargo. He graduated from Frazee High School in 1986.

Following graduation, he worked for the Swift Hatchery and for Savoie Dry Cleaners, both in Detroit Lakes. Jay was united in marriage to Kris Carr June 17, 1988 in Detroit Lakes. He was employed with Audubon Engineering at the time of his death.

Jay was proud of his boys, Cody, Jordan and Logan. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and his motorcycle. He enjoyed spending time with family and friends.

Survivors include his wife, Kris and his three sons, Cody, Jordan and Logan, all of Rochert; his mother, Pat Gaetz of Detroit Lakes; brothers and sisters, Debra (Terrance) Clark of Detroit Lakes, Myra Thornby of Detroit Lakes, Craig Dashendorf of Des Moines, Iowa, Cary (Mike) Byer of Frazee, Lori Danielson of Detroit Lakes and Renee (Darryl) Bergstrom of Detroit Lakes; and his father and mother-in-law, Darrel and Rosalie Carr of Rochert.

Jay's dad preceded him in death.

David-Donehower Funeral Home is serving the family. Online tributes can be shared at