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Chad Michael Martinson (48 years), Otsego, MN, passed away on May 24, 2022 from liver cancer, an unexpected diagnosis that robbed him of a life he loved and devastated his family and friends.

Chad was born on April 20, 1974 in St. Louis Park, MN to Ronald Martinson and Mary Farr.

He was confirmed at Word of Peace Lutheran Church in Rogers, MN and graduated from Elk River High School in 1992. He attended Hennepin Tech and graduated with a carpentry degree in 1994. After graduation he honed his skills as a finish carpenter and became an artist with a miter box.

On October 23, 1999, he married Krishona Bjork and together they had two daughters, Montana (17 years) and Matalyn (16 years), and made their home in Otsego, MN.

He eventually left construction and started Ground Solutions, a lawn care, snow removal, and skid loader company. Chad’s love of farming and operating equipment led him to start Leaning Pine Farm where he produced hay, corn, straw, and sold beef to the surrounding community. He took great pride in building a successful farming business from scratch, without a formal degree or advising, and with just enough depreciation to reduce his tax burden. The joy of farming resulted in him feeling like he never worked a day in his life. Chad’s ability to produce perfect hay made him a sought-after supplier by many horse owners. He was a progressive and intelligent farmer and frequently collaborated with University of Minnesota faculty on research projects. He always joked that he had 4 Masters and 2 Doctorate Degrees from the research he assisted with. Chad could operate any piece of equipment with precision and could fix and build anything his family broke or dreamed up, eventually. He loved auctions and winning items, which meant he paid the highest price. This resulted in him having multiple projects going on at once, but none fully completed. He was a staunch supporter of his wife and daughters love of horses and was elected to the board of the Elk River Saddle Club. He also loved cattle and helped his youngest daughter start Martinson Herefords, which has grown into a small herd of overly tame, registered show cows. Chad was a kind, honest, fun, and easy-going man who enjoyed talking, playing cards, going out for lunch, old country music, attending the National Finals Rodeo, bowling, golfing, being with friends, and was game for any adventure his family planned.

Chad is survived by his wife, daughters, parents, and stepmother Maria Martinson. Although he was an only child, he leaves behind seven siblings, Tracy Clark (Jim), Ben Farr (Jessica), Tiffany Dixon (Nathan), Heather Fering (David), Jeff Martinson (Abigail), Douglas Martinson (Kim), and Cristina Cole (Neil) and their children. He is also survived by his in-laws, who never gave him the best deer stand, Gary and Jean Bjork, Adam Bjork (Jessie) and their children, and countless friends and extended family members.

He was preceded in death by his friend and stepfather David Farr, grandparents Magnus and Mabel Martinson, Albin and Irene Miller, and Ben and Elva Farr, and brother-in-law Mark Walstrom.

A celebration of life will be held on Tuesday, May 31, 2022 at Word of Peace Lutheran Church in Rogers, MN. Visitation will start at 10:00 am and the service will be held at 1:00 pm with burial immediately after. Chad was a casual man, please come as you are to celebrate his life.

Serving the family is The Peterson Chapel St. Michael-Albertville Funeral Home. 763-497-5362.

10 Guestbook Entries

  1. Marie Reiter

    We are so sorry to hear about Chad’s passing away. Sending you love and prayers from Marie, Troy and Julia Reiter

  2. Jack and Kim Blaydes

    Our hearts ache at the loss of our friend and neighbor, I will miss the over the fence chats we had over the years, they were all special.

  3. Angel

    Came across and recognized that smile from high school. Haven’t talked with him since drafting class but he always had that smile! My prayers to your family while you process this loss.

  4. Faye E. Jacobson

    So very sorry for your loss, we will keep you and your family in our prayer.

  5. Brian Buck

    I had an opportunity to do business with Chad for many years….a good guy. My condolences to Krishona and family.

  6. Dean&JoDee Swanger

    Very, very sorry for your loss! Our prayers are with you and your family.

  7. Kara Salmela

    I am deeply saddened that such a beautiful human is gone. Sending you love and family strength as you all process such a huge loss.

  8. Susan Janoski

    Krishona and family, I’m so very sorry for your loss. Sending love and prayers of strength during this difficult time.
    May God wrap you in the comfort of his arms.

  9. Susan Janoski

    Krishona and family, I am so sorry for your loss. Sending you prayers of love and comfort during this difficult time.

  10. Madonna Monette

    Krishona and family, My deepest condolences. May you find comfort in your loving memories.


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