John "Jack" Haugen


John (Jack) Haugen, 74, Fargo, passed away on Wednesday, surrounded by his family and under the care of Hospice of the Red River Valley.

John (Jack) Foyen Haugen was born on March 22, 1939 to Martin and Borghild (Foyen) Haugen in Anaconda, Montana. At age four he moved with his family back to North Dakota to a farm in Dazey where he grew up with his sister Beverly and brother Mike. He had many fond memories of time spent with family, visiting, singing, fishing with his Grandpa John, doing chores and working the fields. He graduated from Hannaford High School in 1957, attended Valley City State College, and married Joyce Brainard on October 5th, 1958. They raised four boys; Jay, Jeff, Jon and Jeremy, moving from

Valley City to Fargo in 1971. After selling insurance for a time, Jack became an entrepreneur, starting many businesses in such diverse areas as motels, gas stations, markets, restaurants, clothing stores, discount stores, education, fertilizer supply, health food, rental property, and of course Western Protection, a security company that served both North Dakota and Minnesota for 35 years.

After retirement in 2004, he enjoyed traveling with his beloved partner Shirley Haugen, spending his winters in Mesa, AZ, and summers in Fargo. His greatest joy was having the time to attend many events and holidays with his four sons and 10 grandchildren, taking great pride in all his family and their accomplishments.

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  1. Haugen family, I had not run into Jack in a while. I decided to look for him and ran across this page with great regret. I am so sorry for your loss. Jack was a great man. According to him I was his best employee. I will miss running into him. I was a personnel manager at Western Protection I was also in charge of training. Jack would light up with joy every time we ran into each other and bragged me up to whoever he was with. I will really miss him. I thank him and Russ Stabler for everything they did for me and my family. RIP Jack, my friend and employer.

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