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Nicholas Ryan Fraizer

November 23, 1996September 20, 2020
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Nick Fraizer, 23, passed away unexpectedly on September 20, 2020, at home.

Nick was born on November 23, 1996, in Des Moines, IA to Patrick C. and Patricia A. (Gates) Fraizer. While in Des Moines, Nick attended St. Francis of Assisi pre-school and elementary school. He and his family moved to New Orleans in 2006 where he finished elementary school at St. Andrew the Apostle School. He was a 2015 graduate of De La Salle High School in New Orleans. Nick was proud of being named the “Cavalier of the Year” during his junior year at De La Salle. He also enjoyed serving as Captain of the De La Salle soccer team.

Nick was set on attending the University of Iowa ever since the family moved to New Orleans. He became a dedicated Hawkeye and graduated with a BA in Enterprise Leadership from the University of Iowa in 2019. Nick was a member of the Sigma Pi Fraternity at Iowa.

After graduation, Nick worked with marketing of DirecTV, but like so many others, his position was eliminated as a result of the pandemic.

Nick is survived by his parents Pat and Pattie, brother Nate of Des Moines, sister Maggie of Waukee, brothers Noah and Danny of Waukee. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents Robert and Phyllis Fraizer and his maternal grandparents Charles and Mary Theresa Gates.

The family will receive visitors from 3-6pm on Friday September 25, 2020 at McLaren’s Resthaven Chapel in West Des Moines. A Catholic Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Francis of Assisi in West Des Moines at a later date. Social distancing guidelines will be observed and facemasks will be required.


  • Visitation

    Friday, October 9, 2020

  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Friday, October 9, 2020



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Ashlee Mancuso

October 9, 2020

Words don’t - can’t- describe how I feel about the loss of Nick. I was very close with him and his family for many years in high school. Nick was so bright, talented, and he was a natural born leader even if he didn’t want to be sometimes. He was the bright smiling face on an bad day. He’d always crack these stupid jokes that made you laugh even if they weren’t funny. Band wouldn’t have been the same without him. The world has truly lost an amazing and gifted person. I grieve for him, but mostly I grieve for the Frazier family. I can’t begin to imagine how it feels to experience a loss this immense. I can’t believe he’s gone. Even though we didn’t keep in touch as much as I would have liked, we still texted every once in awhile after high school ended. I wish he knew how much he was loved. I am praying for him, and for the family. We miss you, Nick.

Ashley Giles

October 9, 2020

My heart breaks for you!!! I’ll be praying for you and your sweet family for comfort and understanding at this unconscionable loss! Please also send sweet Danny my love!

Warmest regards!
(Miss Ashley formerly of woodland ELC, New Orleans)

Margaret Palmer

September 26, 2020

Dear Pat, Patti & Family:

We are so saddened to hear of the loss of Nick. Both Ross and Max called to tell us the news. We are praying for your family. May God bring you peace in the beautiful memories you all shared.

Sending our love and prayers, Joe, Margaret Claire & Family, Ross and Max Palmer

Mary Nucaro-Ganske

September 25, 2020

Dear, Pat, Pattie & family,

My deepest condolences for the loss of your son, Nick. Words bring little comfort in times of such great sorrow, but know that I am praying for God's comfort, peace and strength for you and your entire family. Lovely video tribute. May all the wonderful memories of Nick be a source of strength and joy for all who knew and loved him.

Marilyn Jerome

September 25, 2020

When I heard of Nick's passing, I was brought to tears. I cannot imagine the sadness that you are feeling as a family right now. Joe and I pray that you find comfort in the beautiful memories that you created and shared as a family, in the love of family and friends, and in the promises of our faith that Nick is in the arms of the angels at this time. God speed, Nick. The Frazier family is in our prayers.

Gerry Mullane

September 25, 2020

Nick was always there for my grandson's. What a very nice young man, polite, fun and great to talk with. I'll never forget that huge smile. God bless the family. RIP. Gerry Mullane

Sarah Runkel

September 25, 2020

Dear Pat and Family.

My thoughts and prayers are with you and yours during this difficult time. So sorry your wonderful son has moved on.

Sending love.
Sarah Runkel

Emily Anderson

September 24, 2020

Nick and I were in a few classes together at Iowa and ended our senior year together doing a group project. Every single time I walked into a group meeting or we would see each other out, he never failed to make me smile and brighten every second I spent with him. He will he deeply missed and his memory will be with me forever.

Lucas Mumm

September 24, 2020

I transferred to Iowa my sophomore year, and although I made friends when I joined Sigma Pi, it was still a very difficult transition. Nick was a shining light and the face that gives you faith in people. He was honest and open and always emanated love and compassion with me. Authenticity is tough to come across in this world, but oh golly, he had it.

Nick, I love you, man. I know you’re jamming up in heaven, homie.

Alex Carrillo

September 23, 2020

I got to know Nick over our years at University of Iowa and he easily became one of my favorite people to be around. His vibrant energy was unmatched every time I saw him and it was almost impossible to not have a good time in his presence. I will cherish every moment that I spent with him. My sincerest condolences go out to his family, your son was truly one of a kind.

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