Martin Haase

Martin Haase


July 11, 1931 - December 6, 2022


Pastor Martin Haase, 91, of Mitchell, SD, was called to his home in heaven in the middle of the night as he passed peacefully in his sleep Tuesday, December 6, 2022, at Firesteel Healthcare Center in Mitchell. A Celebration of His Life will be held Friday evening from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at Trinity Lutheran Church in Mitchell, SD. He will be buried Saturday morning at 9:00 am on December 10, in a ceremony at St. John Lutheran Church Cemetery, rural Dimock, SD. A funeral service of Praise and Thanksgiving will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, December 10, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Mitchell, SD. Arrangements by Bittner Funeral Chapel.

Martin was born July 11, 1931 in Hosmer, SD, to Pastor Herman Haase and his wife, Minnie (Kirchdoerfer) Haase. On August 9, 1931, he was baptized in the Name of the Triune God at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Hosmer, SD with his father as the residing Pastor. His baptism sponsors were Arthur Haerter and Carolina Sonnenfeld. Martin had three older siblings, brothers Herman Jr. and Herbert and a sister, Irene (Weybright).

After graduating from Leola High School in 1949, Martin earned a B.A. degree in English at Wartburg College in Waverly, IA. He then entered Wartburg Theological Seminary in Dubuque, IA and earned his four-year Masters in Divinity Degree and became an ordained Lutheran minister in 1957.

On June 29, 1958, Martin married Jenssine Carlin at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in San Diego, CA. He had met her there during his internship. They began their married life in Dimock, SD where Martin served as Pastor of St. John Lutheran Church, rural Dimock.

For the 48 of Martin’s 50 years of ministry, Jenssine supported him as the church choir director and often requested vocal soloist in the area. Martin was the pastor at Dimock until 1961. That year he was assigned to create a new congregation in Aberdeen, SD. He named and founded Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Aberdeen where he served for 12 years. In 1972 he became the pastor at the Lutheran Church of Dell Rapids, SD. In 1984 he became the pastor at First Lutheran Church in Mitchell, SD and served there until 1996. At, 65, he continued to be active serving as an interim minister for congregations throughout the state until his retirement in 2007.

On March 19, 2006, Jenssine passed to Heaven. After a period of mourning, Martin found love again with a widow and active Lutheran, Imy Natvig of Kimball, SD. They were married July 12, 2008 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Kimball. For the past 14 years of marriage, Martin and Imy were active members of Trinity Lutheran Church in Mitchell. They shared daily devotions. They travelled. They loved their time with family and their grandchildren.

Martin is survived by his wife, Imy Haase, of Mitchell, SD; three children: Eric Haase, Sioux Falls, SD; Beth (Hamilton) Mundy, High Springs, FL; Deanna (John) Bennett and their three sons: Alex (Megan Hazelrig), Mitchell, SD; Zach (Madison Mahlmeister) and their son, Mac, Sioux Falls, SD; and Nick, Mitchell, SD.


Friday, December 9, 2022
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Trinity Lutheran Church
1400 E 2nd Ave
Mitchell, SD 57301


Saturday, December 10, 2022
11:00 AM
Trinity Lutheran Church
1400 E 2nd Ave
Mitchell, SD 57301


St. John Lutheran Cemetery
Rural Dimock, SD

Posted by Bob and Laura Weisz on December 11, 2022
Our sympathy to Pastor Haase’s family. He was truly one of the best!
Posted by Larry/Ada Jorgenson on December 10, 2022
We send our heartfelt sympathy to you all. Martin, Jenssine, Eric, Beth and Deanna became family to all of us at LCDR during all those years in Dell Rapids. We have many special memories of your family. God's Blessings.
Posted by Cindy Lias on December 9, 2022
Our deepest sympathy to the Hasse family. He baptized our daughter Andrea. Later I babysat for his grandson Alex. He was an amazing man! Prayers of comfort are being sent.
Posted by Rachel Ketterling Hatch on December 8, 2022
On behalf of the Ketterling Family, please know our thoughts and love are with you as you say goodbye to Martin. Jensinne, Mom and Dad and Martin were very very close friends and shared a bond as pastors and pastors' wives. Your family has been there for ours in the most difficult of times and in the best. Dad wishes he could be there in person. All of our love to you.
Posted by Carm Roster on December 8, 2022
My sympathy to all of Martin’s family. I always enjoyed chatting with him when he came to purchase show tickets at ACT.
Posted by Courtney (Beidler) Dockter on December 8, 2022
Thinking of you and your family Deanna during this difficult. Prayers!
Posted by Brian and Susan Tjarks on December 8, 2022
Such a dear man! He and Jenssine were so loved by the Tjarks family! We send our love and sympathy to all the family!
Posted by Scott Brown on December 8, 2022
So very sorry for your loss prayers
Posted by Chad Strand on December 7, 2022
Pastor Haase confirmed me. So sorry to hear of his passing.
Posted by Diane moke on December 7, 2022
I have known Martin since his years at First Lutheran Church.y condolences to Deanna, Beth and Eric
Posted by Angie Nelson Rentz on December 7, 2022
Thinking of all of you during this time -
Posted by Wilbert and Marilyn Roth on December 7, 2022
You have our Prayers and Sympathy. We attended the first wedding Pastor Haase performed at Hillside in 1957. He must have done the ceremony right because the marriage lasted till Billy Rumbolz died in 2016.
Posted by Wes and Nancy Nelson on December 7, 2022
Our sympathy to the family as we remember his wonderful services of our family baptism, confirmation, and a wedding at First Lutheran. His kindness was greatly appreciated.
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