Terrance "Terry" Dargen

Terrance Joseph Dargen, of Fargo, ND, passed away on November 4, 2016 at Sanford Hospital in Fargo. Terry was born on December 4, 1961 in Aberdeen, SD to Dennis and Marie Dargen. He attended O'Gorman High School, in Sioux Falls, SD, before moving to Fargo in 1978, and finishing his HS education at Shanley Catholic High School. He earned his BS in Mass Communication from Moorhead State University. Terry married Victoria (Tori) Johnson August 16 1992, they had two children, Jameson and Kaytlin. Terry and Tori divorced in 1998, but remained close supporting each other in the raising of their two children whom he considered the "lights of his life".  He spent the majority of his adult years working in the restaurant industry.  He was known for his great sense of humor, easy going personality, and giving nature. Terry was a avid reader, and long time fan of Elvis, and Bond... James Bond. He was also a big fan of the Minnesota Twins and Vikings.  Terry was active in Alcoholics Anonymous, and at the time of his death, had achieved over 3 years of sobriety, before ultimately succumbing to complications of end-stage lung cancer. Terry is survived by his children, Jameson(22) and Kaytlin(19), both of Fargo, his sisters, Patty (Todd Petersen), Sioux Falls, SD, and Karen (António Branco), Lisbon, Portugal, and his brothers, Mike (Diana) Dargen, Evergreen, Co., and Steve Dargen, Fargo, ND. His nephews, Zach, Evan, Connor, Andre, and Samuel, as well as his nieces, Melanie, Erin, and MacKenzie, and numerous Aunts, Uncles, and Cousins. Terry was preceded in death by his parents, Denny ('94) and Marie ('11). In accordance with Terry's giving nature, he had made his wish that his body be donated to the University of North Dakota, School of Medicine. His ashes will be scattered at a later date and place, upon his children's wishes. Friends and relatives are invited to help celebrate Terry's life, at 7:30 PM Wednesday, November 9, 2016 at Boulger Funeral Home and Celebration of Life Center in Fargo. Visitation will begin at 5 PM and continue until the time of the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to the American Cancer Society or ShareHouse, Fargo.

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  1. Terry, my cousin, I never knew you well but I am so glad we were Facebook buddies. I know you are in a much better place. Prayers for your beautiful family and loved ones. 🙏❤️️

  2. All my condolences to the entire Dargen family on the passing of Terry. He was a very genuine guy, and he was always so nice to me personally. Steve and Terry graduated with my older brothers, and will always consider the Dargen family as “family”. Shanley Family.

  3. Dargens,
    Terry’s soul was so deeply loved by those who knew him. Remember SO many conversations with him. GREAT conversations. Wishing you all Strength and Peace.

  4. David and I send our warmest condolences to the entire Dargen family. At Fargo Shanley, we knew him as a kind and gentle soul, always friendly. Sending prayers of comfort to you all.

  5. To each of you, my deepest sympathy on Terry’s death. Thoughts and prayers are with each of you. Aunt Nancy

  6. To Terry’s family –
    I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your brother, father and friend. I went to school with Terry all through the years until he moved to North Dakota. You are all in our prayers!! May he rest in peace.

    Carol (Barnett) Nesbitt
    Classmate, and O’Gorman Alumni Director

  7. To the Dargen~We are very sorry to hear about your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

    John and Laney Wilson

  8. Dear Dargen’s,

    You all are in my thoughts and prayers in Terry’s death, may he have eternal peace and joy with our loving God. I always appreciated his friendliness and approachability along with his warmth and hospitality, his legacy lives on in all of you.

  9. I knew Terry as a high school classmate at Shanley. I still remember him showing up for football practice on the 1st day as an “outsider”. A transfer student from Sioux Fall’s O’Gorman. Being an “outside” lasted all of about 10 minutes for Terry. He was such a natural with making people feel at ease around him. I still remember some of the hardest, gut busting laughs I’ve ever experienced occurring on account of some of his antics and jokes. I’m smiling right now thinking back to those days. He will be missed greatly.

  10. Patty, Mike, Karen and Steve. Sorry for your loss. So many of my wonderful childhood memories include your father. He was truly a gentle soul. May he Rest In Peace.

  11. When I think of Terry I have to smile! Many fond memories of him as one of the St. Mary’s & O’G gang. He will always hold a special place in our hearts. God’s Peace to You All ~ Maureen (Schneider) Deutscher, Sioux Falls

  12. My thoughts, and sense of profound loss, are with the Dargen family. Terry was a great friend. He possessed a gentle and kind spirit, and a bodacious sense of humor. He made me laugh, but more than that, he made me happy. Many of my best high school memories are imprinted with Terry’s presence.

    Terry stood by my side as a groomsman when Kristi and I married. He was the Godfather of my second daughter, Jessica. That we asked him to serve in these roles tells you how much he meant to our hearts. Time and distance separated us over the years. But, I always had the sense that Terry was at my side. He shall remain there.

  13. Terry was a beloved friend to my brother Jimmy Lee, also of the SHS Class of ’80, and I imagine the two of them are having a truly joyful reunion at this time. <3
    I worked with Terry at the Cork and Cleaver in Fargo. He was handsome and hard-working and liked by everyone, the kind of person you just wanted to be around. God's blessings and abundant strength to all of his family and friends at this difficult time. Much love from all of the Lee Family.

  14. Dear Patty, Mike, Karen, Steve and families,
    We are so very sorry to hear about Terry. We have such wonderful memories of when you all lived next to us in Fargo.

  15. My thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Dargen family. Like others, I remember Terry with a smile on my face – he had a great sense of humor and much laughter originated from and around him back in high school. He was also a compassionate person with a genuine-ness that I always admired. People related easily to Terry because they knew he cared. He was a good man and a gentle soul and I will miss him.

  16. Our prayers and thoughts are with you. Hold each other tight. Terry would want that.

  17. Dargen family, I am so sorry to hear about Terry’s death. My thoughts and prayers go out to you all. May you find strength, comfort and peace in the days ahead. God bless!

  18. Patty, Mike, Karen and Steve – So sorry to hear about Terry. Seems like just yesterday us cousins were hanging out at your folks house house near McKennan Park during one of our many visits – good memories.

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your families.

  19. Terry your best place is in our hearts now and forever as you have left fun, fond & loving memories for family and friends to cherish and keep fresh as we go forward, and we will. We thank you for that gift.

  20. My sympathies to the Dargen family at this time; Mike, thinking of you at this time with thoughts and prayers.

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