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Nathan Tornquist

Jay Tornquist

We created a GatheringUs memorial to celebrate the life of Jay Tornquist . Collecting your stories and memories here will offer us great comfort. As we plan virtual and in person gatherings, we will share details here. Thank you for contributing to this lasting memorial.

On Monday November 9th, our beloved dad unexpectedly passed away. In his words, he now is "singing in the greatest choir ever assembled." He was a dedicated and uplifting husband, the most loving and supportive father to his kids, the solid rock of his family, a loyal friend, a wise teacher, and the best listener in the world. He had a special way of making every individual feel seen and welcome, and could give a positive perspective...  see more
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  • Danielle Tornquist
    Uncle Jay and I shared the basketball nickname Bird (or Birdie) but it took me years to figure that out. We played some great pickup games together during holidays and summers at Camp, but I always thought people were yelling "Bert!" Like Bert...  more
  • Ben Pothen
    My senior year KMS was 7-0 and playing for the conference championship in Browerville. I was stretching with the team when Jay came up to me to share his pre-game thoughts. Full disclosure, I was always skeptical of words making much of a difference in...  more
  • Chris Duininck
    I don't recall the first time I met Jay because he made me feel as though I was a life-long friend from the very start of our friendship. I believe it's because the Love of Christ flowed freely through him! Jay was always interested in how I was doing,...  more
  • Nathan  Tornquist
    Our family had our fishing trip the year of 2007 and I was 8 years old. This was the start of some of the best memories of my life. This specific memory is one night with Pete dad grandpa and me in the boat. I was up front in the boat and had gotten a...  more