In remembrance:

Dr. Aaron Ryan Boatz


It is with sad hearts, that Northway Eye Center announces the passing of Aaron Ryan Boatz, O.D., 45. Dr. Boatz passed away August 24, 2021 at the Mayo Clinic Methodist Hospital in Rochester, MN following a six-year battle with cancer.

Dr. Boatz was born February 2, 1976 in St. Cloud, MN. Dr. Boatz was inspired to become an Optometrist when he got his first pair of glasses as a child. He grew up attending Sartell/St. Stephen schools before studying Biology at St. John’s University. He continued his education in Memphis, TN at the Southern College of Optometry.

Dr. Boatz joined Northway Eye Center in 2003, where he practiced for almost 20 years. Dr. Boatz enjoyed building relationships and helping patients, friends and family as well as supporting various community organizations including the St. Joseph Lion’s Club. He was also a member of the Minnesota Contact Lens Society.

Dr. Boatz is survived by his beloved children, Ryan and Grace; parents Robert and Margaret, sister Caroline (Stephen) White, dear nephews Henry and Emmitt and countless additional family and friends.