Dane was born August 3, 1988 in Fargo, ND, the son of Tom and Leah Tvedt.  Dane and his family moved to Moorhead in 2002 where he attended and graduated from Moorhead High in 2007.

He started working at McDonalds in 2005 and quickly rose to management. At age 19, Dane purchased and renovated a home in Moorhead. Dane and his family were SUPER proud of his accomplishments.

Dane enjoyed riding bike, fishing, hiking and listening to music.

Dane loved spending time with his friends and his family unless he was "super busy right now."

Dane left our world while trying to save another. We are very proud of our Dane and will miss him dearly. We love you Dane.

Dane is survived by his parents, Tommy and Leah (Lehse) Tvedt, Moorhead, MN; brothers, Alec Tvedt, Fargo and Ryan Tvedt, St. Paul, MN; grandmothers: Coralee Erickson, Fargo, Jean Tvedt, Moorhead, and a grandfather: Ronald Mootz (Cindy), Fargo, ND

He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Tommy A. Tvedt, Sr.

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  1. To Dane’s family –

    We want to express our sympathy for the tragic death of your son and brother. May God’s love comfort and sustain you as you learn to cope with this terrible loss. Dane must have been a very special youn man.

  2. Fargo ND
    Dear Family of Dane,
    Leah, I don’t know if you remember me, but I job coached a student from Moorhead High at the Golden Living Center when you were employed there. We would visit with you as you cleaned the dining room floor and we met Alec one day when he came to help you. I thought you two were the nicest people, and I missed you when you quit that job. I was so sorry to hear about what happened to Dane, and you have every reason to be proud of him. He was very brave in his attempt to rescue your neighbor boy, and Dane sounds like he accomplished a lot in his young life. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  3. moorhead mnTom, leah & family, I am so sorry for your loss. Dane had a smile that just shouted ” I love life!” He was such a wonderful guy who will never be forgotten. What a hero. God bless your family

  4. Alexandria MN
    Tommy and family,
    We were saddened to hear of your loss, our hearts go out to all of you. You raised your son/brother well. We know words can’t lessen your pain only time will do that for all of you. Please know you’re all in the thoughts of many and we wish you comfort.
    Dan, Pat, Erin, Jo and Terry

  5. To the family of Dane: I am so sorry for your loss. I am a teacher at Moorhead High School. While I never had Dane as a student, I had Alec. He was so proud and thought so highly of his big brother.
    What a wonderful young man you raised. May he rest in peace.

  6. HAWLEY Tom,Leah,Alec,Ryan Vicki and I are so sorry to hear about Dane.Dane was such a great young man.I will always remember the time ice fishing with Dane and Alec up at the cabin and all the fun and hard work we did together on his new home.we will never forget your son and he will always be in our prayers.

  7. Tom, Leah, Alec, and Ryan:
    We are so very sorry to learn of Dane’s sudden passing, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
    His life was very blessed to have so many people who loved him, and he touched the hearts of everyone he met, he will be missed. As you comprehend this profound loss, let yourself cry knowing each tear is a note of love rising to the heavens, may your memories of Dane give you strength, and may you take comfort in knowing an angel is watching over you.

    Gail, Jaimee,
    Nikki & Tyler

  8. Fargo ND
    To the Family of Dane, We are so sorry for your loss. We just wanted to let you know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. We lost our Son Nick suddenly in September and know some of the pain you are going through, we are so very sorry.

  9. Fargo ND
    I remember Dane as a cute, pudgy little first grader with a great smile and a great heart. I watched him grow and move on through elementary school and my lasting memories of him are of a kid who was nice to everyone, well-liked by his classmates, and who had a smile on his face and a good sense of humor. Obviously, he had grown into a great person as a young adult. His bravery is remarkable and inspiring. We lost an amazing person here on earth, but heaven gained a super angel.

  10. Wolford ND
    Dear Tvedt Family~

    I was so saddened to hear of the loss of your wonderful son, Dane, what a heroic young man he was. Your family will forever have a guardian angel watching over you at all times. I will keep your family in all our prayers thru this most difficult time and the times to come. He is in a much better place and in heaven with Jesus and many others that have made that journey to the other side. I know that my uncle Roger would be up there and welcoming another “brother” to his many groups of family. It’s like this favorite song that my uncle roger liked….Mercy Me “I can only Imagine what that day will be when I walk ……” what a beautiful song. God bless each and everyone of you.

  11. Big Lake MN
    We are so terribly sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. May God be with you now and the days and weeks ahead. Again, we are so, so sorry.

  12. I am a teacher in Rothsay. Dane was in my son, Jake’s 3rd grade class. How sorry we are to hear of your loss. What a hero Dane was – not thinking about himself, but immediately going to help a young boy. How proud, yet how sad you must be. Please know that you are in the thoughts and prayers of many…friends, family, and strangers. We praise God for Dane’s life and letting our town share in a little part of his life.

  13. Moorhead The Tvedt Family,
    I’m very sorry to hear about your loss. Dane meant a lot to everyone that knew him. I would like to share a poem that I feel describes Dane and how much he meant.
    If tears could build a stairway and memories a lane I would walk right up to heaven and bring you back again. No farewell words were spoken,no time to say goodbye, you were gone before I knew it, and only God knows why. My heart still aches in sadness and secret tears still flow, that God only takes the good ones and leaves the bad behind. We will miss you Dane.

  14. ELk River MN
    I remember working with Dane and he always was smiling and made running a shift just a little bit better at 8th street McD’s.

    I was sad and shocked to hear that he had died, but was not shocked to hear that he died trying to save someone else.

    He was someone that would help out if he could and was one of the many crew that I missed working with.

    My prayers and condolences to his parents and brothers.

  15. Dresser WII am very sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with your family at this very difficult time.

    Teresa Langeberg-Somers

  16. Leah, Tom, Alec, Ryan and Coralee

    We were shocked and saddened to hear about this terrible tragedy. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.


    Mark, Coleen, Kevin, Lauren and
    Steven Wasescha

    Tom, Lea, Alec and Ryan,
    I’ve said it before and I will say it again, what a wonderful person Dane was. He was the kind of person you wanted friends with your child. I loved when he was here at our house because he was just part of the family. Always polite and joined right in with the joking around here. It was so natural. That laugh and smile will never be forgotten. Doug and Gwamma Kreps both said they had just seen him in the last week and it was that smile and that little shrug of the shoulder they got in response along with a small conversation. “You can’t help but love the guy.” Doug said. That is so very true.
    I’ve talked to people about him and they would say ” I remember going through the drive through or going into McDonald’s and hearing the people in the back sing Beatles songs and thinking they must really enjoy themselves.
    Anyone around Dane couldn’t help but enjoy themselves!
    We will all miss him, and it is so true the passage in the Bible about no greater thing then to lay your life down for another. I know where he is right now, without a doubt.
    Love and prayers for you all.

  18. Carrington What a brave and heroic person Dane is. Now many people would do what he did. May her rest and peace and may you be comforted knowing he is resting with the lord. God Bless you all.

  19. FargoI did not know Dane personally, but I would like to compliment on what a heroic son,brother,friend etc. for all who did know him.. it makes me happy to know that we still have people like Dane that there instinct is to run to aid in help, no questions asked. Dane was taken from us that day for a reason.. a reason we may all disagree with..but I believe God thought that he or she needed danes good heart that day to help with others in heaven. You are all in my thoughts and prayers, may you have the strength to stay strong during this rough patch… for your son, brother, friend etc. is a hero.

  20. Glyndon MN
    We love and miss Dane and know our lives will never be the same without him. I know he is in a better place as his brother Alec has said. I can see him laughing and running around with joy and peace. He is our hero and will forever be in our hearts. We love you Dane! Auntie Cheri

  21. Glyndon MN
    The time you had on this earth was cut short. While you were here you gave us all you had and more. You are a hero now but can’t even accept your reward on earth. Better yet you are getting the best reward up in heaven. I can just see you laughing and jumping around with Grandpa Tvedt and Grandma Ippy. Oh the joy you must have seeing Jesus and having Him hold you in His arms. We will miss you Dane even though as Alec said,”You’re in a better place”, it’s hard for us left behind. You are our hero Dane!! We will never forget you!

  22. Fargo ND
    The Tvedt Family
    I am deeply sorry to hear of the loss of your Son,Nephew,Brother,Cousin…
    My Nephew worked with Dane and said he was a great guy.Definitely a product of a very cool Family.My thoughts and Prayers go out to you all in this trying time. God Bless

  23. West Fargo, ND

    I was so sorry to hear about your son. My prayers and condolenses are with you and your family

    Ted Nilles, Retired, CW Ins. Group

  24. Fargo ND
    Tom and Leah
    We are very sorry to hear of your son’s death. Life just don’t always seem fair.
    Don’t know if you remember Clark. He is Dan’s uncle, also Dane’s grandmother Corolee lives just a few blocks from us. I couldn’t find any addresses to send a sympathy card but want Corolee, Tom and Leah as well as Dane’s brothers to know you are in our prayers during this tragic loss. Our heartfelt sympathy. It sounds like he was one terrific young man. Someday you will be reunited in heaven.

  25. Hawthorne NevadaTommy and Leah and family, We are so sorry to hear about Dane. God be with all of you at this very, very sad time. Know that friends and family are thinking of you at this time and we are sending our prayers for you and your extended families. God Be With You!

    Gail, Cliff and family

  26. Tom, My thoughts and prayers are wtih you and your family. It’s difficult to know what to say, but I’ve read some of the newspaper articles and see that you can be very proud of your son and the great person he was. Many people will surely miss him. My sincerest sympathy, Debbie

  27. Tom, My thoughts and prayers are wtih you and your family. It’s difficult to know what to say, but I’ve read some of the newspaper articles and see that you can be very proud of your son and the great person he was. Many people will surely miss him. My sincerest sympathy, Debbie

  28. Fargo I’ve never met Dane or his family, but I want them to know they are in my thoughts and prayers. “Greater love has no man than he who lays his life down for another.” Dane instantly reacted to try to help another person in danger, which shows what a wonderful man he was. I pray that God will grant Dane’s family grace and peace at this time of terrible grief and mourning, and the joy of knowing with great pride what an example Dane was for all of us. God Bless!

  29. Detroit Lakes MN
    We were sorry when we heard of your loss.
    It sounds like he was a great young man.
    You and your family will be in our prayers.

  30. Watertown SDHe was the life of the party. He left our party a too little early for for our liking. But, I’ll bet he is on a brand new adventure exploring heaven (no doubt with a video camera in hand!) I will miss seeing your smiling face and hearing your quick wit. Good bye for now nephew…but not forever. Love you, Aunt Gail

  31. Fergus Falls MN
    Tom and Leah, I am so sorry to hear about Dane. I cannot imagine the pain that you are feeling right now. Please know that you have many people that are thinking of you and are here for you if you need a shoulder.
    My thoughts are with you now and in the future.

  32. To the Tvedt family,
    I am very sorry to hear about your son,brother, nephew ,grandson it is hard to loose someone so young and brave like he was. I am a good friend of Tammie from Fargo AG.you are all in my thoughts and prayers at this time! My brother was killed in a tree acceindt in 96 and i know how hard it is to loose a close family member. God bless you! Jolene myers

  33. MN Bless this heroic and selfless young man. He and his are in my prayers. The Tvedt family can be very proud to call him theirs. God Bless Dane’s memory. The Lord has glory for great human beings such as he.

  34. Fargo ND
    My deepest sympathy goes out to Dane’s family and the people that woked with him and knew him. I hope that God will guide you through this very difficult time and lead you in the right way. I did not know him personally but heard alot of good things from co workers that knew him. Dane was an awesome person and very well liked. I kow that he will be missed by many and i am so sorrythis happened.
    God will make sure he is okay and take care of him. May God watch over you during these times and watch over you forever. May Dane rest in Peace.

  35. Moorhead Minnesota
    Sorry about the death of your son, Dane. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Take care.

  36. Tom and family –
    Our hearts go out to you for your inconsolable loss. I remember Dane at a few “Boomerfests”, and I will always remember him with a smile, and a quiet and gentle way about him always. He was a sweet guy.

    I know words aren’t enough to help, but we will keep Dane and your family in our prayers.

    Rita, John, Jade, Michael and Denae

  37. Kenyon MnRight now, my Heart goes out to Tom,Leah,Ryan and Alex. The loss than you feel new is unimaginable especially knowing how close you all are. My memories of Dane are limited but very special. The one that stands out so much to me is the time that he and Alex stayed here for “ALMOST” a week.
    I had that goofy 3 wheel Golf cart that I let them drive but they were getting bored so they wanted to drive down the driveway with it. I let them because it ran so bad you could almost walk faster. Well it happened, Dane somehow ran it into the ditch. I had my eye on them and he was frantic trying to get it back out. He was worried uncle Dwight would be “REALLY MAD” I played the roll but was laughing my insides out. I think he read me like a book though, he knew I wasn’t really mad. I showed him how to get it out and Then it was off to the tree hut and anything else to keep occupied and busy. As I said, my Love is with you at this time as always
    Uncle Dwight

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