Michael D. Severson
Michael D. Severson
Michael D. Severson, 31, was called home to Heaven on Tuesday, Jan. 29,


Michael D. Severson was born and raised in Rochester. Growing up, he

enjoyed a close and loving relationship with his devoted father, and his

mother called him, "the joy of her life." His brothers and sister have many

loving and funny stories to tell about the years growing up together. He was

an outstanding student in school, earning several academic achievement

awards. From t-ball to baseball, basketball and football. He was a joiner

and played with all his heart. His aggression on the field or court was in

sharp contrast to his normally gentle spirit.

He wanted to play guitar almost from the time he could pronounce the

word. At 10-years-old he got his first electric guitar, and within just a

couple of months the house was filled with music. This talent grew to a

point where he could close his eyes and play the most beautiful original

music as if he was channeling it directly from another realm. Music remained

a passion throughout his life.

His only passion greater than music was his love for his son, Lyric

Martin. He was thrilled to be a father and actively engaged in his son's

care in every way that he could. Lyric was "the joy of his life." He would

have loved to be a dad caring for Lyric 24/7 if that had been possible.

He is survived by his son, Lyric Michael Martin of Rochester; parents,

Sandra (Harvey) TePoel of Rochester, and Lanny Severson of Chatfield;

brothers, Eugene (Stephanie) Gergen of Zumbro Falls, John (Tara) Gergen of

Mantorville; sister, Lisa (Corey) Patterson of Rochester; stepsisters,

Alison (Clay) McDaniel of Indianapolis, Ind., and Tracy TePoel of

Bloomington; grandfather, Henry L. Johnson of Harris; nieces and nephews,

Brandon, Devon, Zoey, Ashley, Travis, Jessica, Ben, Jora, Alex, Angela,

Levi, Carly, and Max; and his longtime friend and mother of his child,

Nicole Martin.

A Celebration of Life was held at the First Unitarian Universalist

Church in Rochester, on Saturday, Feb. 2.