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Mathew J. Malek

October 29, 1988 — September 6, 2020

Mathew J. Malek

Dr. Mathew Malek, 31 of Detroit Lakes MN, was welcomed into the arms of Jesus on Sunday, September 6, 2020.

He was a loving friend, devoted husband to his wife, and a proud, adoring father to his three beautiful children.

Over the last decade, he celebrated too many joys and accomplishments to be counted. Some of the greatest of those include the births of his three children, his graduation from USD’s general surgery residency program (June 2020), becoming a new face of outstanding care at Sanford in Detroit Lakes and celebrating 9 years of marriage to the love of his life.

During his surgical residency years in Sioux Falls, he became a skilled surgeon as well as mentor to those fortunate enough to work with him.  He pushed his co-residents to strive for excellence in the operating room yet was compassionate and kind to every patient.  He leaves an example of lasting love, empathy and passion for a distinguished level of care with those who grew to know, love and learn from him during his time in South Dakota.  His legacy of excellence will continue through generations of future surgeons via the residency program he helped build. 

Mat had an inspiring faith in God, and that faith came through clear and bright in his love for his wife and children.  He loved spending time playing hockey or scuba-diving and adored watching his young children play sports.  Together with his family, he made lifelong memories of bike riding, fishing and experiencing the joys of life at the lake. 

Mat’s passion, love and selflessness is alive and well in all three of their stunningly beautiful, endlessly kind children.  If ever one needed a reminder of the kind of love he represented, they need only look to his family.

Mat is survived by his wife Danielle and their children, sons Parker and Beckett, and daughter Annistyn; father-in-law and mother-in-law Dan and Bonnie Ness; brother-in-law Wyatt Ness (Jalyn Myhro); sister-in-law Nikki Ness (Travis Elsperger, Mack and Mai) as well as many other family and friends.

A Celebration of Mat’s life will be held on Monday, September 14, 2020 at 3:00 p.m. at the World War Memorial Building in Devils Lake ND.   Visitation will be held at the Gilbertson Funeral Home, Devils Lake on Sunday, September 13th from 3:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. and will continue on Monday until 11:00 a.m.

Pallbearers will be Wyatt Ness, Travis Elsperger, Andrew Mills, Marc Lampart, Jake Hultberg, Austin Hahn, Ben Jorgenson.  Honorary Bearers are the attending and resident doctors of Sioux falls USD General Surgery Resident and the staff and his fellow colleagues at Sanford of Detroit Lakes MN.

Condolences may be sent to or directed to Malek Family at 124 Creel Ridge Road, Devils Lake ND 58301. 

Please keep your safety and that of others in mind when attending services.  We thank you so much for your many acts of kindness and prayerful support. God Bless You All.  

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Past Services

Gathering of family and friends

Sunday, September 13, 2020

3:00 - 6:00 pm (Central time)

Gilbertson-Gloger Funeral Home

509 U.S. Route 2, Devils Lake, ND 58301

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Funeral Service

Monday, September 14, 2020

Starts at 3:00 pm (Central time)

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Graveside Service

Monday, September 14, 2020

Starts at 4:00 pm (Central time)

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