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Nicholas David Jacques
September 18, 2023
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Nick, deeply loved son, step-son, brother, great-grandson, grandson, nephew, cousin, and friend, died unexpectedly on September 18, 2023 at the age of 25 years.
Nick graduated Orono High School in 2016. Followed by 4 years at Gustavus Adolphus College, where he graduated with an undergraduate degree in Athletic Training, and played all 4 years on the “Gustie” football team. Following college, he attended Northwestern Health Sciences University, and was just a few months away from completing a doctorate degree in chiropractic.
Always well organized, Nick kept himself and his surroundings pristine. As a child his dinosaurs knew where they belonged in line, his Halloween candy was meticulously categorized, and his Pokemon and Yugioh cards glistened in their display cases.
Nick was great with kids. He spent several summers at church camp, as a camper and as a counselor, and the kids were always excited when they could hear his loud voice booming... often from the other side of camp! He was a force to be reckoned with on a mission trip to Haiti, where we delivered water to the needy and helped build a hydroponic garden and fish farm at an orphanage.
He loved a variety of music, from Frank Sinatra, to rock, and country. And movies, of course, especially the superhero variety, and he could deliver lines just as well as the actors themselves. As big as he was, Nick was a softy for everything Disney. Growing up he loved watching Disney and dinosaur movies with his older and younger sisters. He continued the tradition with his niece, and nephew. Big and strong, he loved sports, he was a natural on the football field, and he particularly enjoyed working hard at becoming faster and stronger... and socializing in the weight room. He loved outdoor sports, too. We saw him once hit a golf ball over 300 yards. Nick loved spending time up North with his cousins swimming off the dock, tubing behind the boat, and evenings playing cards. The first time he went fishing with Grandpa he caught seven large Northerns... of course, that set the bar for all future events! Many holiday adventures at the farm with more uncles, aunts and cousins. Nick also loved cooking, and would circulate pictures of his latest creations. He was confident, assertive, protective, resourceful, decisive, and very competitive.
We will miss his great big bear hugs terribly, but he will always be with us in our hearts.
One of his favorite quotes, found on his social media sites, was Sinatra’s line, “I’m gonna live till I die”, and he did.
Nick is survived by his father Alistair Jacques (wife Karen), sister Sophie, mother Kristin Boyle (husband Ryan), sisters Ashley (Aaron, Sean, Rhylin), Heather (Tim), and Kelsey, as well as grandparents (Bill, Betty, Jon, Lori, Rita, Marcia, Dorothy) and many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. He is preceded by many more loving relatives.
Celebration of Life will be held on Monday September 25, 6:30 PM at Wayzata Community Church, 125 Wayzata Blvd East.
Memorials preferred to Wayzata Community Church Camp