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Steve J. Mattson, 65

Steve J. Mattson, 65, of Eagan, financial advisor, cofounder of Northland Securities, loving husband, father, grandfather, family member, and friend to many, of Eagan, died at home Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015, surrounded by family and close friends.

Steve was born Jan. 13, 1950, and grew up in Cokato. He graduated from Cokato High School in 1968, and from St. Cloud State University in 1972, with a major in finance and economics.

Steve started his career in 1972, with the small securities firm, Juran & Moody. Over his career, Steve structured and marketed over 2,000 bond issues for Minnesota cities.

In 1996, Juran and Moody was sold to Miller Johnson; and Steve worked for Miller Johnson until 2002, when Steve and four other cofounders formed Northland Securities, Northland Networks, and Northland Trust Services. In 2004, Steve and his cofounders also founded Northland Capital Holdings.

Steve was proud to have worked with some Minnesota cities for 43 continuous years, such as Apple Valley, Prior Lake, Waite Park, Appleton, Lake Crystal, Crosby, Dassel, and many more.

He was a member of the Apple Valley Rotary for 30 years, where he served the Apple Valley Rotary Club and District 5950 in various capacities. Steve was most proud to be the cofounder of the Rotary Safe Water Plus, providing safe drinking water to small villages and Third World countries.

He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Mary; a son, Dr. Andrew Mattson (Chialing); a daughter, Chunny Daiker (John); four grandchildren; Madelynn and Leo Mattson, and Bryce and Stevie Daiker; two sisters, Susan Johnson (Robert) of Eagan, and Carol Semke (Bruce) of Cokato; and numerous loving nieces, nephews, and friends.

Steve was preceded in death by his parents, Gordy and Isabelle.

A celebration of Steve’s life was conducted with wake services Thursday, Dec 3 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home in Cokato. Funeral services took place Friday, Dec 4 at 1 p.m. at Cedar Valley Church in Bloomington, with reviewal one hour prior to the service.

Memorials preferred to: The Rotary Foundation - Annual Fund, 1560 Sherman Ave, Evanston, IL, 60201; and Hennepin County Medical Center Cancer Center, 701 Park Ave, Mail Code G1, Minneapolis, MN 55415.

The Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home in Cokato assisted the family with arrangements.

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