After a courageous and relentless battle with mental illness, Justin Joseph Dalziel, son, brother and friend to all, took his own life on September 9, 2023, at his home in Kansas. He was 32 years old.

Born on February 14, 1991 to Kevin and Charity Dalziel, Justin’s magnetic personality was evident early in life as he became a favorite among friends, family, teachers and anyone else lucky enough to cross the path of the lively boy. He attended Lake Leelanau St. Mary from Pre-K through 2nd grade before moving on to Suttons Bay Schools where he graduated in 2009. During his education, Justin excelled in the classroom as a student and on the field as a delightfully skilled soccer player.

Justin was a companion to those he worked with. Someone you can trust, confide in, and get wise advice from. You could count on him when times were tough, while he patiently fought his battle in the background. Justin’s knowledge was vast and it will show when anyone is lucky enough to watch an episode of Jeopardy with him. He was a talented cook and loved sharing his talent in the kitchen with friends and family. Always a staple part of holiday meals, it makes it to the table and keeps spirits high as family members grapple with what to do about a broken piece of hollandaise.

In his time away from the line, Justin has had a variety of interests, passions, and happy places. A favorite activity during summer days was hiking to the beautiful beaches and enjoying the tranquil scenery. He had an appreciation for nature and the peace it provides. It was also not uncommon for him to go on a car ride just to listen to music; Mac Miller is stationary in his car. When Justin needed to scratch the competitive itch that football once filled, he turned to disc golf where his natural athleticism could be easily noticed.

Simply put, Justin was fun. No matter where life takes you, you can find Justin smiling. This could be the most cliche thing in the world and that others might be “too cool” for, but Justin never takes himself too seriously. He found a way to make every situation fun, attacked it with joy and generally understood how his positivity and spirit could uplift those around him. Nowhere is this more evident than in the stories of those who have worked with Justin, regardless of the workplace where his dance moves preceded him. A professional kitchen was essential in the boiler room, Justin brought heart, joy and a zest for life.

Justin is predeceased by his grandfather Jerry Johnson and beloved dog Libby. He is survived by his parents. his younger sister Lindsey (Michael Van Damme); his grandparents, Dez and Diane Dalzell, Rich and Sylvia Rice, and Daphne Johnson; his uncles, Todd (Phyllis), Daisy (Lauren) Dalzell, Corey (Kat) Schick; his aunt, Jennifer (Drea) Haislip; cousins, Kendall, Keegan, Dahlia Dalziel, Allie, Maggie, Evelyn Schick, Brenden Carr and Hunter Burns.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM with a Rosary prayer at 7:00 PM on Friday, September 22 at Martinson Funeral Home in Suttons Bay, Michigan.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 23 with the family greeting friends at 10:00 a.m., also at Martinson Funeral Home. The Rev. Andrew Clark, Bayview Church will officiate.

Following the funeral service, burial will take place in St Michael’s Cemetery, Suttons Bay. Father Leonard Paul, St. Michael’s Church will officiate.

The service can be viewed via ZOOM at:

Meeting ID: 1981 983 429 and with passcode: Dalzell

Everyone is welcome. The family asked those attending the funeral service to wear bright colors (green was Justin’s favorite) to celebrate Justin’s colorful and unique personality.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Grand Traverse County, PO Box 6932, Traverse City, MI 49686.

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