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Dan Sornsin

August 12, 2018


September 21, 2018
- 9:00 AM

Boulger Funeral Home and Celebration of Life Center


September 21, 2018
- 10:00 am

Boulger Funeral Home


Boulger Funeral Home

Dan Sornsin

August 12, 2018


Dan was born January 30, 1961, in Fargo, ND, the sixth of eight children to Earl W. and Jean Jefferies Sornsin. Dan passed away August 12, 2018.

Dan attended Nativity Grade School and graduated from Fargo Shanley High School in 1979. He attended North Dakota State University and worked at Swanston Equipment for many years.

Dan, also known as “Dan-o”, was a fan of and owned many Harley Davidson motorcycles and made several trips to the annual motorcycle rally in Sturgis. He spent many years fixing up motorcycles, cars, and heavy equipment.

Dan enjoyed NDSU sports, was a long time season ticket holder and a member of NDSU Team Makers. He made many trips to Frisco to watch the Bison win the national football championship. He was also a big fan of the Twins and Lynx and arranged group trips to Minneapolis on weekends when both teams were playing. If another team was playing that same weekend, he’d work his magic to fit that game into the weekend. Dan-o was a regular at the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks games and always caught the Sunday game with his friends. Dan was also a regular trivia player at Tailgators in south Fargo.

Dan was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his siblings: Dr. James (Karol) Sornsin, Cullman, AL, Jeanette Sornsin, Fargo, Peg Sornsin Smith, Minnetonka, MN, Patt (Chuck Parker) Sornsin, Kailua, HI, Jeff (Nancy) Sornsin, Fargo, Chuck (Susie Balsdon) Sornsin, Fargo, Dr. Beth Sornsin, Goleta, CA. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews, his aunts Marlyn Jefferies Langerud and Kathy Sornsin Boucher, and numerous cousins. Dan also leaves behind many friends.

Services will be Friday, September 21, at 10 am, at Boulger Funeral Home in Fargo. The family requests you wear bright colors as we celebrate Dan’s life together: Hawaiian shirts, Bison, Twins, Red Hawks or Harley wear or Dan’s signature – t-shirts with pockets.

In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to a charity of your own choosing.


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28 responses to “Dan Sornsin”

  1. Dale Duval says:

    So sorry for your loss, Dan was a good egg!

  2. Laurie Arcand says:

    RIP Dano. You are already missed by so many. We will miss your daily jokes, and especially your smile. Thoughts and prayers to Dano’s family and friends. 🙏🙏🙏

  3. Kevin Sittauer says:

    Thanks for always being willing to share your intellect and insight, Dan. Your presence will be missed.

  4. Jeff Hersch says:

    Sorry for your loss. He will be missed.
    Jeff Hersch, Randy Bruzik, Larry Thompson, Mike Howard, Interstate BearingSystems.

  5. Michael Graten says:

    Thank you for always making me laugh and smile. You graciously taught me so much.

    Love you Dano.

  6. Bill Sornsin says:

    Numerous cousins is right. I’m one of them and very sad to see this news. RIP Dan and condolences to Jim, Jeanette, Peg, Patt, Jeff, Chuck and Beth.

  7. Rita Myers says:

    A great life cut short. May he Rest In Peace. Our prayers are with you. Rita & Keith

  8. Charlene Hudgins says:

    Dano was one of my best friends. His loss is so great. I’ll miss him so much. Much love to his family.

  9. Lori Wolter says:

    I am always going to miss his jokes, his laugh and most of all his smile. RIP Dano

  10. Bruce Johnson says:

    You will be deeply missed by the many you touched with your humor, positive outlook and willingness to help.

  11. Sherri Anderson says:

    Nobody could tell a joke like Dano. I will miss your smiling face and your laughter my friend. Sherri

  12. Darrick Yahnke says:

    Dan was a customer of ours for many many years. It was always a pleasure to see him come through the door, you knew there was going to a new joke or 5. Dan was also my birthday buddy. I’ll miss having a drink with him every January 30th. Condolences to all family and friends, Dan will be greatly missed by so many.

  13. Mike Gunderson says:

    What a character he was. He wrenched on my bike a few times, always enjoyed talking with him. Sorry to all for your loss. Ob La Di Ob La Da…life goes on.

  14. Brenda J. Gravel says:

    Many a Friday Night spent fighting over me watching Dallas at the house on College Street. 🤪
    He did turn me on to Mentholatum chap stick, so all
    was forgiven. 👄
    You will be missed Dan.
    Rest In Peace my Friend!! 😢

  15. Kelly McNeese says:

    One of the first guys I met at Shanley and in typical Sorny fashion – a friend for life regardless of where you go or who you become. Rest well my friend.

  16. Karla Bjorem says:

    I am so sorry to hear that Dan has passed away. I worked at Sornsin Construction with him for 10 years and saw him many times since. We shared a lot of laughs. He was always there to give a helping hand to a friend that needed it. May your memories bring you comfort.

  17. John Volk says:

    I am so very sorry. I will miss my friend.

  18. Tim Krile says:

    Dano, you are and will be missed! Great jokes and conversations over the years. Condolences to the family. See you on the other side my friend.

  19. Susan Lindemoen says:

    RIP Dan thanks for the friendship a few years back.

  20. Ricky says:

    RIP my trivia friend.

  21. T-Gators trivia crew says:

    We will miss trivia battles & daily joke. IWHO, ISUEBEE, IROBV, I FUGE

  22. Dawn Gibbins says:

    So many memories of you and so many good times!May you rest in peace my friend. You always played it forward for your friends!

  23. Stacy Rognlin says:

    Rest in Peace and Fly high… you will never know how much we are going to miss you… All the trivia we have played ..that will never be the same… .. the jokes you have told us…. the stool you always sat at while playing trivia will be hard to look at, it was always the first place I looked upon walking in… A good man taken too soon!!

    Leo and Stacy Rognlin

  24. Shelly Jendro says:

    Dan my old Shanley buddy,Sorinson Construction dude R.I.P. my friend.

  25. Tiffany LaCroix says:

    I always will remember his jokes when we were at Taigaitors. Very sad for your loss. He was a great guy!

  26. Jane DuBord -Hill says:

    I am sorry to read this news, about your brother. My prayers are with your family.

  27. morrie Schwinden says:

    I am one of the friends mentioned the Governor Dan’s obit. I will miss him at the local watering holes and us solving the worlds problems. Dan was a governor in the Moose lodge, and hence we called him Governor. Definitly will miss his jokes and companionship

  28. Michael Shulstad says:

    With sympathy on Dan’s passing. I worked with Dan at Weisgram Metal Fab about 25 years ago. i knew him well at that time. He was a good person and I have many memories of him.

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