Doug Fattig, of Spring Valley, died Sunday, March 17, 2013.

He was born Nov. 22, 1951, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to Marie Sutcliffe Fattig Byers and John Fattig. He graduated from Jefferson in 1970, University of Iowa a few years later. He briefly traveled the Gulf States while working in construction. It was during this time that he met his wife, Sara, in Louisiana. After marrying Sara, he finished his formal education at Denver Seminary.

In 1987 Doug settled down in southeast Minnesota. He lived in rural Harmony for several years. He became a foster parent for at-risk delinquent youth. He took his family on many adventures, from riding dirt bikes in the Rocky Mountains, to canoeing across the lakes of the Boundary Waters.

Despite limited finances, Doug used his mechanical aptitude, determination and ingenuity to work on many impressive and eccentric do-it-yourself projects. He designed and built his own fiberglass canoes, repaired and maintained various excavating equipment, dug trout ponds, and constructed a barn to serve as an outreach to skateboarders and alternative rock musicians.

At the age of 40, Doug began suffering partial paralysis from a rare disease called PLS. He continued displaying a servant attitude while being trapped in a malfunctioning body. After a slow progression of the disease, he could no longer walk or speak. During this time, he wrote and compiled a book of short stories and essays filled with humor, wit, wisdom, and his passion for Jesus Christ. Doug spent many hours online defending his Lord and sharing the gospel with everyone. To know Doug was to know Christ dwelling in him.

He is survived by his wife, Sara; mother, Marie Byers; son, Samuel (Amy); son, Jess; and daughter, Anne; brothers, David (Janet), Larry, and Dan; and a sister, Lynn Vosatka (Glenn); two grandsons, Dylan and Levi; foster children, Jason Hanson (Lisa), Brian Grabau (Andrea), Cory Snow, Jason Elias, Erich Bergman, Adam Hayden and many others.

A memorial service was held Saturday, March 23, at Hope Summit Church in Rochester.