Terence Paulson

terence paulson
Terence "Terry" Joseph Paulson, 69, Fargo passed away on Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at Sanford Health hospital from complications after heart surgery. Terry was born July 3, 1948 in Breckenridge, MN to Almond and Bernardine (Desautels) Paulson. He spent his childhood living in Lidgerwood, N.D., and graduated from St. Francis Academy in Hankinson, ND in 1966. Terry was an Army veteran serving honorably in Saigon, Viet Nam where he monitored reconnaissance photos for army movements. After returning from the war he attended NDSU earning a B.A. in History in 1974. He then earned a Law degree from UND in 1978. Terry practiced law at a number of law firms in Jamestown, ND, later attaining named partnership status. After leaving those firms, he spent his final years in Fargo. Terry was an intelligent, intense, caring individual who enjoyed sports, playing cards, working puzzles and keeping up on current events through the internet. He was also highly skilled in arguing a point, a skill he acquired during his years practicing law, and had a knack at telling corny jokes. He is survived by his best friend Joyce Ouellette; siblings; Linda (friend Tom) Camire, South Hamilton, MA; Steven (DeeAnne) Paulson, Austin, TX; Michael Paulson, Fargo, ND; Lawrie (Teddi Jo) Paulson, Jamestown, ND; Nancy (John) Darling, Mandan, ND; Lisa (John) Fischl, Phoenix, AZ; Justin (Wendy) Paulson, Fargo, ND; Daniel (Denise) Paulson, Fargo, ND; Melanie (Gary) Salava, Riverview, FL; Jacqueline (Robert) Buschette, Cedar Rapids, IA; Heidi (Rob Flaherty) Paulson, Boston, MA; numerous nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents and siblings, Rosemary and Richard. The family is planning a private gathering in honor of their brother.

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  1. I practiced law in Valley City, much of the time that Terry was in Jamestown. We had many opportunities to work together, as well as to oppose one another. Ever the gentleman, Terry was one of my friends in the profession. I’m sorry to hear of his untimely passing.

  2. Our sympathy is with all of you. Terry was a class mate of mine at the academy. Good old Frankie’s!!!! My how short life is at times. Terry wasn’t very old at all. We made a donation to the Hankinson Veterans Memorial in Terry’s name. Pat & Linda Mahrer

  3. My big brother Terry-
    One of your last emails to me had the words to the song, “I Hope You Dance.”
    I pray you are now having the time of your life – dancing, laughing and knowing you are loved.

  4. It saddens us to learn about Terry’s death. He was always a very active person who cared about others. We are sure that the Lord is taking care of him. We extend greetings to all of the Paulson clan. You have always been one of our favorite groups of people. We sometimes see Wes at Subaru and wish we could see all of you more often. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you at this time. With Deepest Sympathy.

  5. I wish to extend my condolences to Terry’s family. I only knew him for a brief time when we were both at NDSU but my memory of him was of a well-mannered, friendly person.

  6. Our thoughts and prayers to the entire Paulson family. May the Lords’ blessings comfort you at this time of loss and always.

  7. Our sincere condolences to Terry’s family. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of you. Terry was a kind, friendly person. Our deepest sympathy.

  8. I was saddened to hear of Terry’s death. I learned so much from him as a young attorney. He was intelligent and compassionate. I hope his later years were peaceful. My sympathies to the family.

  9. Terry was the office manager and “go to guy” when I first started practicing law in Jamestown at the Weiss, Wright & Paulson firm. I didn’t hear of his passing until the notice appeared on the ND Supreme Court web site. Terry was driven and hard-working and extremely articulate and I always considered him both a role model and mentor. I am so sorry for his family’s loss and my thoughts and prayers are with you. “Blessed are those who mourn for they shall be comforted.” Bob Martin

  10. Terry and I were living in the same graduate dorm at UND while he was in law school and I was in med school. I’ll always remember his wry wit and funny grin! He was a humble , self effacing gentleman and great guy to hang out with. RIP buddy.

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