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Mitchell J. Grierson, 19

Mitchell James Grierson, age 19, of Dassel, died Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013, in Winona.

He was born Jan. 17, 1994, at Methodist Hospital in St. Louis Park, the son of Pamela Jo (Moores) Boerboom and James John Grierson Jr. Mitchell was baptized at Maple Grove Lutheran Church June 26, 1994, and confirmed at Gethsemane Lutheran Church Oct. 4, 2009. He had traveled on a mission trip to Cairo, IL with the Gethsemane Lutheran Youth Group.

Mitchell made his home with his family in Maple Grove until 1997, when they relocated to Glendale, AZ until 2000. They then moved back to Maple Grove, where they resided until moving to Dassel in 2006.

Mitchell attended Highland Lakes Elementary in Glendale, AZ, Weaver Lake Elementary School in Maple Grove, and graduated from Dassel-Cokato High School June 3, 2012.

In the fall of 2012, Mitchell became a student at Winona State University and was pursuing a degree in mass communications.

Mitchell loved and lived life to the fullest. “Carpe Diem” was his motto. He loved spending time with his family and countless friends; and loved animals, especially cats.

His favorite activities included snowboarding, wakeboarding, snowmobiling, ice fishing, playing baseball, hanging out on the lake, and having bonfires with his buddies. Most of all, he enjoyed spending time with his girlfriend, Jessica.

Mitchell was a funny, handsome boy with a smile on his face and a twinkle in his eyes. Seldom did you see him without one of his favorite hats.

He is survived by his mother, Pamela (Marty) Boerboom of Dassel; father, James (Susan) Grierson Jr. of Marco Island, FL; brother Cody Grierson of Dassel; step-brother Alex Boerboom of Dassel; step-sister, Danielle Boerboom of Dassel; special girlfriend, Jessica Mattson of Dassel; maternal grandmother, Jo Moores of Brainerd; maternal grandfather, Arne (Lisa) Moores of Brainerd; paternal grandfather, Jim Grierson Sr. of Marco Island, FL; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Mitchell was preceded in death by his paternal grandmother, Sally Grierson.

His funeral service took place Thursday, Feb. 21 at 11 a.m. at Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Dassel with the Rev. Steven Olson officiating. Interment followed at the Dassel Cemetery.

Visitation was Wednesday evening, Feb. 20 from 4 to 7:30 p.m. at the Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel, and continued Thursday one hour prior to the service at the church.

The Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel handled the arrangements.