Corbin Okeson

June 13, 2002-Feb. 22, 2023


Corbin Okeson, 20, Minot, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, February 22, 2023 in his home.

Corbin Dean Okeson was born on June 13, 2002, son of Larry and Heidi (Gathman) Okeson in Minot, ND and cherished brother of six siblings. He was raised and educated in Minot, where he attended grade school at Bel Air Public School and attended Bishop Ryan High School, graduating in 2020. He furthered his education by attending St. Cloud State University, before returning to Minot, where he was currently enrolled at Minot State University in the pre-nursing program.

Corbin’s passion was wrestling, both as an athlete and later as a coach. As an athlete, Corbin placed in the North Dakota State Wrestling tournament all four years of high school and was a two-time finalist in the 182-pound weight class. Corbin was also an outstanding football player and helped lead his team to the state championship game. He was named all-conference and all state, invited to the Shrine and the Badlands Bowl. His athleticism led him to a college scholarship, where he was a member of the National Champion team at St. Cloud State University. Corbin was honored to serve as the Assistant Wrestling Coach at Bishop Ryan, where he was able to guide his younger brothers, Coy and Cade, to the state wrestling tournament. He also was active with the Little Lions wrestling program.

Corbin had a charismatic smile that could change the energy of the room. His natural sense of humor and confidence could make anyone belly-laugh with little effort. He was the life of the party and would be so disappointed that he passed while studying for an exam; although, he proudly hung his fall honor roll recognition on the fridge. He enjoyed spending time with his beloved family and friends. Corbin was both a lover and a fighter, he was quick to forgive, loyal, and loved so deeply. Corbin enjoyed hunting, fishing, dressing to impress, playing jokes and the occasional video game. He was devoted to his faith and a son of God. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him. Nobody was a stranger to Corbin.

Corbin is survived by: Mother: Heidi Okeson; father Larry Okeson; Siblings: Taylor Barstad, Jacy Barstad, Sydney (Carl) Ritzschke, Jayden Okeson, Coy Okeson and Cade Okeson; one niece Brynn Barstad; Maternal grandparents; Jan Tucker, Steve (Kim) Gathman, Miles Panasuk; Paternal grandparents; Marion (Gerry) Steen, Jeanne Monson; Aunts and uncles; Todd (Heather) Gathman, Josh (Camey) Gathman, Ryan Gathman, Amanda (Troy) Lang, Corrine (Scot) Carstensen, Lance (Julie) Okeson; Several cousins also survive.

Corbin was preceded in death by maternal grandmother Cyndy Panasuk, paternal grandfather Glen Okeson, uncle Alan Okeson.

Visitation: Tuesday, February 28, 2023 from 4 pm until 6 pm at St. Leo the Great Roman Catholic Church, Minot

Vigil Prayer Service: Tuesday, February 28, 2023 at 6 pm at St. Leo the Great Roman Catholic Church, Minot

Mass of Christian Burial: Wednesday, March 1, 2023 at 10 am at ST. Leo the Great Roman Catholic Church, Minot. The funeral mass will be livestreamed and may be accessed at the link provided on Corbin’s web page at www.thompsonlarson.com

Burial: Rosehill Memorial Park, Minot

In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred to family for a future scholarship fund.

Published by The Minot Daily News, Feb. 25, 2023.