Marcus Otterstad was born to Rev. Robert and Helene Otterstad on May 22, 1942 in Bismarck, North Dakota.
He was a 4th generation PK and a 3rd generation St. Olaf grad. Marcus attended St. Olaf with Paul Blom, our beloved former bishop. Marcus’ major was History. From there he headed as per the family tradition, to Luther Seminary in Minneapolis, MN, as had his father and grandfather before him.
When he graduated, he began his first call in 1968 as an Associate Pastor at Memorial Drive Lutheran Church in Houston, Texas.
His second call was at St. John’s in Waller, Texas, followed by Advent Houston. At this fourth call, Living Word in Katy, Texas, he helped the congregation move to its current location. He did the same at his final call, House of Prayer Houston, on Space Center Blvd, where we held his memorial service.
Marcus’ spent his last years supply preaching and helping congregations in need. Having presided over hundreds of baptisms, confirmations, weddings, and funerals, he claimed his baptismal promise on December 20, 2019. Our love to his son Opie and family.
Prior to his memorial service the choir warmed up and people began to gather:
A choir sang F. Melius Christiansen’s Beautiful Savior.