Marvin A. Evenson
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Marvin A. Evenson, age 101, passed away peacefully on September 28, 2013. He was born on September 9, 1912, in his grandparents' house near Rutland, ND.
Although he did not always show it, Marvin loved his family with all his heart. He married Donna Erickson on March 17, 1938, in Moorhead, MN. They lived in West Fargo, ND, South St. Paul, MN, Billings, MT, Moorhead, MN, and Bismarck/Mandan, ND. They were blessed with four children Edwin "Kent", Karen "Kay", Susan, and Pam.
As a genealogist and historian, he would tell you he was the first child of the third child of the third child of Ole Evenson and Alis Simensdatter. He spent years researching the children of Ole and Alis and through his efforts hundreds of their descendants have discovered their heritage and connected with other family members. There are Evenson "cousins" everywhere!
As a young man, he helped work the family farm and taught at a country school. As a salesman and business man, he worked in plumbing, heating, and oil equipment businesses in Fargo, ND, and Moorhead, MN, and the stock yards in West Fargo, ND, Billings, MT, and South St. Paul, MN. In 1969, he became involved with Midwest Oil and Truck Equipment in Mandan, ND, where we remained until his retirement in 1996.
As a politician, he fought hard for the underdog and proudly called himself a democrat. He was a member of the Moorhead, MN School Board, ran for State Senate in Minnesota, and attended the National Democratic Party Conventions in 1960 and 1968.
As an almost full blooded Norwegian, he cherished his Norwegian heritage. He was an active member the Sons of Norway lodges in Bismarck, ND, and Sioux Falls, SD. He held various officer positions at the lodge level, the regional level, and was on the international Sons of Norway Board of Directors. He was honored by the Bismarck lodge as "Mr. Sons of Norway". He even liked lutefisk.
As a people person, he loved meeting new people and would strike up a conversation with anyone. Before one knew it he had made connection to someone they may have known or someplace they may have been. No one was a stranger for long. He loved dancing, including Norwegian folk dancing, bowling, playing bridge, history and cultural events, the Minnesota Vikings and Twins. He even was still swinging a golf club on his 99th birthday. He was a member of the Masons, Rotary Clubs, Westerner Corral Organization, Sioux Valley Genealogy Society, and a lifetime member of The Elks.
As a traveler, he made several trips to Norway, went to China in 2001, and of course to Rutland, ND, for UffDa Days and scalloped potatoes and ham. Most of all he loved taking trips to see his grandchildren and great -grandchildren who are scattered across the country. To them, he will be remembered for his smile, for taking them folk dancing, and for always remembering to slip a few bucks in their birthday cards (even the great grandkids!)
He is survived by his daughter, Pam of Sioux Falls, SD, his son, Edwin "Kent" (Dolores) Evenson of Longwood, FL, and his son-in-law, David Gast of Bismarck, ND; granddaughters, Jessica (John Perlich) Henry and Sarah Henry of Hastings, NE, Anne (Jeff) Toy of Gilbert, AZ, Laurie (Dean) McKenzie of Houston, TX, Lisa (Roger) Barrows of Orlando, FL, and Lydia Goldsmith Vine of Potomac, MD; grandsons, Dan (Jessica Larson) of Orlando, FL, Dan (Carlye) Gast of Fargo, ND, and David Goldsmith of Las Vegas, NV; and great grandchildren, Caiden, Kelyn, Hunter, Alexis, Jacob, Brazos, Arden, Afton, Hale, Harrison, Baxter, Hannah, Ahren, Koby, and Kaya.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Donna; daughters, Karen "Kay" Gast and Susan Henry; sister, Hazel Garcia; brothers, Orville "Bud" and Leland; and great granddaughter, Tahlin Toy.
A celebration of his life will be held at George Boom Funeral Home, Sioux Falls, SD, on Saturday, October 5, 2013. Family visitation from 1 to 2 followed by program at 2 p.m.
Published in The Argus Leader on Oct. 2, 2013
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