Daniel R. Braatz, 31

Daniel Ryan Braatz, age 31, of Drayton, ND, was called to heaven Thursday, April 2, 2015.

He was born Feb. 28, 1984, in Hutchinson; and baptized and confirmed at Evangelical Lutheran Church in Cokato.

Daniel graduated from Buffalo High School in 2002.

He worked as secretary for Drayton Lutheran Parish for two years, before starting school at Josef’s School of Hair Design, Grand Forks, ND. Daniel received several awards while there for his outstanding artistic work.

After graduating in 2014, Daniel worked at Olivieri’s Salon and Spa in Grand Forks, where he had many close friends and loyal clients.

Daniel was very creative, and enjoyed making all kinds of crafts and quilts, as well as gardening, spending time at the lake, and thrift shopping, where he found numerous treasures for his family members and friends.

His favorite pastime was attending various festivals, doing what he loved most – hula-hooping, and entertaining all the kindred souls around him.

There were no strangers in Daniel’s life; he was an angel who spent his life entertaining angels. He will be deeply missed by his loving family and loyal friends.

Daniel is survived by his mother and step-father, Shelley and Bruce Martinson of Drayton, ND; sister Hope Braatz (fiancé Toby Shittu) of Devils Lake, ND; brother Adam Braatz (fiancé Beth Maas) of South Haven; sister Charstyn Martinson of Devils Lake, ND; step-mother Joleene Braatz of Buffalo; step-brothers Josh Frisen, Charlie Druar and Casey Druar; grandparents Roger (Joanne) Braatz; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, and hundreds of friends.

There to meet him in heaven were his father, Mark Braatz; grandparents Clarence and Shirley Holman, and Vickie Mealey; and step-grandparents Arnold and Pauline Martinson, and Hal and Bev Clifton.

Sir Daniel Sunshine’s motto was “Leave a little sparkle wherever you go.” He found all he was destined to give in every soul who sparkles because he lived.

A memorial service took place Saturday, April 11 at 3 p.m. at Evangelical Lutheran Church of Cokato, with visitation at 1 p.m. at the church.

Arrangements were by the Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home in Cokato.

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