David John Birk

david john birk

David’s service will be livestreamed below at 2 PM, Friday, July 15, 2022

David Birk lived his life with a level of enthusiasm, generosity of spirit, and love that earned him the respect and devotion of a multitude of family and friends. David opened his heart and home (and pool) to countless people through the years, always with a story to tell. As son Dan warmly remembers, “He had a big laugh, and an even bigger heart.” David was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting, canoeing, hiking, camping, scuba diving. He was also a loving dog owner, leaving behind his two German Shorthairs, Reba and Kali.

David met his future wife Mary Price in law school, and the two married on April 12, 1980. After graduation, David and Mary made their home in Centennial, where they lovingly raised their two sons, Dan (b. 1981) and Mike (1983-2017). David began his career practicing law at Holme, Roberts, and Owen in Denver, then established his own law firm with Dean Aarestad, before going in-house, and later forming a law firm with Joel Shock, finally ending his career in law in solo practice. David loved legal reasoning and studying the law. He also was an entrepreneur, pursuing various business and real estate interests, as well as a dedicated and accomplished historian of the European Theater of World War II, in which his own father served with distinction.

David was born and raised in Fargo, North Dakota, and graduated in 1973 from Shanley High School, where he was awarded a National Merit Scholarship. After high school, David attended Macalester College and then transferred to the University of North Dakota, from which he earned a Bachelor of Arts in History, Magna Cum Laude, in 1977and then a Juris Doctorate, With Distinction, in 1980. While attending UND, David was a member of Kappa Sigma Fraternity and the Phi Delta Phi Legal Fraternity and served as Notes Editor of the North Dakota Law Review.

David is survived by his wife, Mary ; son Daniel; daughter-in-law Ana Sempertegui; granddaughter Morgan; sister Mary Curtis (Richard); and numerous and beloved nieces, nephews, great nieces, and great nephews.

David was preceded in death by his father, Ingvald; mother, Katherine (McGowan); sisters Darlene Nelson, Shirley Johnson, Cheryl Wegner; and son, Michael Birk.

A celebration of David’s life will take place at Boulger Funeral Home and Celebration of Life Center in Fargo, ND, on July 15 at 2:00 PM, with burial at Holy Cross Cemetery to follow where he will join Michael at rest. Donations may be made in his memory to the Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer, lustgarten.org.


Celebration of Life: July 15, 2022 2:00 pm

Boulger Funeral Home and Celebration of Life Center
123 10th Street
Fargo, North Dakota 58103


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  1. I have some great memories of David at law firm Baseball Parties! And, of course, the many gatherings you all hosted at your home. Such fun times! I know you will miss him as he was a singular husband and such a good one. You are in my thoughts and prayers today as I know this is hard yet again to lose another family member and this time your soulmate. I have lots of love for you!

  2. David was a force of nature. I vividly recall meeting him in Denver when we were both clerking for a major law firm. The high brow recruits from Harvard, Yale, etc. were flown in by the firm. I had to drive 500 miles to Denver for an interview at my own expense; Dave hitch-hiked from Fargo! He was smart, unflappable, clever, witty, never really held a grudge and, yet, was entirely practical. He was jovial and a genuine pleasure to spend time with. It was just hard to be depressed in his presence. Finally, he was entirely independent and an original thinker. He also had guts–he left the big firm went it on his own; I was envious of him. He was just a wonderous human being. I wish there were more like him. We are, all of us, lesser without him. If I ever am so fortunate to arrive at the pearly gates, I know Dave will be one of the greeters–flashing a big smile, with a beer in one hand and an outstreched hand for a handshake. Condolences to the family–we all share your loss. Don’t cry, Mary; he is in a great place–I will remember him for an eternity.

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