David B. Boggs

david b. boggs
David B. Boggs, 64, Fargo, ND passed away after a brief and unexpected illness on Saturday, September 1, 2018 under the compassionate and dedicated care of the Critical Care team at Sanford Medical Center in Fargo, ND. As Professor Emeritus of Art at Concordia College in Moorhead, he was a prominent presence in the academic and wider community who will be greatly missed. David was born in El Paso, TX on November 8, 1953, to parents Lt. Col. William Lee Boggs and Carman (Dougherty) Boggs. Due to his father's career in the military, throughout his childhood and teen years, David lived in and traveled all over the United States and around the world, including time in Germany and Africa. He then served in the military himself, returning to Europe as a Computational Surveyor. After finishing his service, David completed his Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) at Oklahoma State University in 1979. He went on to obtain his Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Painting from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. While at Oklahoma State University, David met Patricia (Pat) Bastion, the love of his life whom he often referred to as "the center of his universe." They married on December 12, 1979. David's graduate studies and early career took them on adventures to Colorado, Illinois, and Maine before settling in the Fargo-Moorhead area. David joined the faculty at Concordia College in 1985, having previously taught at the University of Illinois and the University of Maine at Machias. His early work in watercolor painting led to signature memberships he kept in the National Watercolor Society and the Watercolor Honor Society. Over the course of his successful career, David's work was shown in hundreds of exhibitions and a number of one-person shows with recognitions such as being one of twenty exhibitors for the critically-acclaimed State of the Art 2001; having work shown in the International Biennial Watercolor Invitational; and being chosen as one of thirty painters to represent the United States with work exhibited at the Kiso Kurosawa-Designed National Art Center in Tokyo, Japan. His artwork can be found in collections around the world. He retired from Concordia in 2016. Though he had an illustrious career, it was evident that David was most proud of his two children. He and Pat were blessed with a son, Sam, in December 1983, followed by a daughter, Abby, in August 1988. Beyond Pat, they were his greatest treasure; only to be matched years later by the arrival of his grandchildren, Loretta, Olin, Leo, and Lavinia. David was a talented artist, an animated storyteller, an inspirational mentor, and a loving father and friend. He touched many lives as an educator and was larger than life in every sense of the expression. He is survived by his wife and companion of 38 years, Patricia Bastion; his children, Sam Boggs (Katie Hines) of Delano, MN, and Abby Boggs-Johnson (Brent Johnson) of Fargo, ND; his grandchildren, Loretta Boggs, Leo Boggs, Lavinia Boggs and Olin Johnson. He is also survived by his mother, Carman Boggs of Oklahoma, and three siblings; Joe Boggs of California, Tamara Boggs of Oklahoma, and Michael Boggs of Oklahoma. He was preceded in death by his father, Lt. Col. William Lee Boggs, and brother Steven "Bud" Boggs. An evening to celebrate David will be held on Wednesday, September 12, 2018, at 5:30 p.m. on the Concordia College campus. The evening will consist of a gathering at 5:30 p.m. and a memorial service at 6:00 p.m. in the Centrum, with a lively celebration at the Cyrus M. Running Gallery to follow. Casual dress is encouraged (including socks and sandals just as David would do). In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Visual Arts Scholarship at Concordia College. Donations can be made by visiting cord.edu/giving and clicking on the "Learn More" button under the "Give Today" tile. Please note the donation made in memory of David Boggs in the "Comments or Gift Detail" field. Gifts can also be made by phone at (218) 299-4830.

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  1. Abby and family,

    I’m so very sorry. David was such a wonderful man. I loved chatting with him at Concordia functions. Hugs and prayers to all of you.

  2. Pat – I am deeply saddened and sorry to hear of David’s passing. If Lisa & I can do anything please don’t hesitate to reach out.

  3. Dear Pat, Abby and Sam,
    Our hearts are broken to hear of your loss. We have many favorite memories of David – his beautiful creations, his sharp wit, clever sense of humor, and a personality that touched everyone the moment you met him. We got to know David best through our gourmet dinners and then we saw David and Pat again at Mary’s wedding – it was as though we just picked up where we left off – such fun! It was one of those evenings we wished could have gone forever. His memories certainly will. And we hope they bring you much comfort in the days ahead. Love and hugs for you,
    Patti and Gary Heisler

  4. Pat, we are truly sorry to hear of David’s death. May God provide you and your whole family with strength and comfort. Please let us know how we can help.

  5. I am so sorry for your loss…
    I don’t have the words to describe the impact and positive influence David had on my life. He will be greatly missed.

  6. My dearest Patricia, Susanne and I wish you to know we are with you in spirit at this time and going forward. What struck me first when learning of David’s passing yesterday was the depth and strength of the love you shared, a bond that will support you now and will be with you forever. We’ll also hold dear David’s wonderful sense of humor. There was not a time we shared that we didn’t laugh out loud:-). God be with you, Sam, and Abby.
    Stan and Susanne

  7. Pat,
    I am so very sorry for your loss. I cannot even begin to understand what you must be going through right now, please know you are all in my thoughts and prayers. Please let me know if there is anything I can help with.

  8. Pat and Family,

    I am so sorry and saddened to hear of David’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this very difficult time.

    Angie (Kaufman) Thompson

  9. Pat, Sam, and Abby; I am so sorry for your loss of husband and father. I remember having great conversations with David at the old Clarica Christmas Parties. May God strengthen and hold you tight during this difficult time.
    Cindy Arneson

  10. My dearest friends, my heart is broken. A man so filled with life; so filled with talent; so filled with good humor; so loved by oh so many . . . taken way too early. I send you hugs; I send you caring thoughts; I send you love.

  11. I have many wonderful memories of David. A favorite: We bonded because we were both veterans, as was Gordon Lell. At Gordon’s memorial service at Concordia, the officiant asked any veterans to stand and salute. Not many did, but I was proud to stand with David. I will never forget that.

  12. Pat, You are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. May God bless you and provide comfort for you and your family in the days and weeks ahead.

  13. Pat, Sam, and Abby: we are so sorry to hear of Dave’s death. We will always remember what fun it was being your neighbors all those years ago, and the fun that Sam and Kate used to have. We will always remember Dave’s kindness, intelligence, wonderful sense of humor, and the way he never talked down to those of us who were not knowledgeable about art. And we will never forget the day he came over to calmly fix a hole James punched in our kitchen wall while misguidedly trying to wallpaper.
    You are in our thoughts. May your memories of Dave shine forever, and help you endure his loss.

  14. Pat, Sam, Abby and Family:

    We are so sorry for your loss. May you feel the love of Jesus surround you in this time of sorrow. You are in our thoughts and prayers. We will make a donation to the Visual Arts Scholarship at Concordia College in his memory.

    Chip and Brenda Posch

  15. “To me, young has no meaning, it’s something you can do nothing about. Nothing at all. But youth is a quality, and if you have it, you never lose it.
    And when they put you into the box that’s your immortality. ”
    Frank Lloyd Wright

    Keeping you, Pat, and your entire family in my heart,

  16. I was lucky enough to have Boggs as a professor while in college. He was one of the best professors that I had and changed my outlook on my art and just who I am. So I want to thank you for sharing him with all of his students. We knew he was a great one. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. Know that his infectious humor and creativity will live on.

  17. Pat, Abby, & Sam, I was so stunned & saddened to see David,s obit. I remember both of you coming to Abby’s first grade conference & he was always so interested & with his witty remarks. Pat, I would see you in church once in a while & memories of your family would go through my mind. I wish you all peace & wonderful memories of your husband & dad. My love & prayers to all of you.

  18. Dear Pat and family. We were very sorry to learn of Davids passing. Wishing you all, the very best.Dick

  19. It was an honor to know David and to be his colleague on the faculty of Concordia College. He was always warm and engaging and I very much enjoyed our interactions and appreciated his contribution to Concordia. Because I was blessed to work with Pat for a number of years, I was given the chance to view a number of David’s paintings on a daily basis in the office (a nice perk – she brought in some of his great watercolors to display in the office). One in particular brought a sense of peace to all who viewed it – I found great pleasure in being surrounded by his artistic magnificence on a daily basis. May his peace continue to shine, not only in the dear memories of his family and friends, but through his radiant presence experienced in his art.

  20. Abby and Pat,

    We send condolences to you and your family and will keep you in our hearts and prayers.

    Nancy and Jack

  21. I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. David was my professor for 4 years from 84-89. We had a unique relationship as I was a Canadian and an older student, David 6 years my senior. David allowed me to be me in exploring my artistic abilities and for that I am forever grateful. We shared plenty of time talking about art but also about sharing our life experiences…a true mentor and friend. RIP David!

    Rob Deics
    1989 Grad

  22. Had David for painting class in 1985-1986 time area and did not know about this until recently. At the time he did not care for music through Walkmans but I still brought to class anyway. Must of did good job-since was teacher for awhile.

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