Mark David Skjei, 80, Fargo, ND passed away on Thursday, October 8, 2015 at Sanford Health in Fargo. He was born on February 23, 1935 to Reynold and Janive (Evanson) Skjei in Williston, ND. He grew up in Williston where he graduated from high school. Mark then attended the University of North Dakota, earning a degree in Political Science.
On November 13, 1954, Mark was united in marriage to Jane Dushinske in Bagley, MN. The couple made their home in Grand Forks where they started their family. After Mark finished school, they moved to Devils Lake before settling in Fargo.
Mark was a pharmaceutical sales rep for many years before becoming a realtor. He worked for Park Co, Landmark Realty, and retired from Real Estate Services.
Mark was the original “dog whisperer.” He and Jane owned many springer spaniels, and Mark enjoyed babysitting dogs for his family and friends. He loved his family and had a special place in his heart for his grandson, Richard.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Jane; sons, Kevin (Sharna) Skjei, Carlsbad, CA; and David (Nancy) Skjei, Fargo; brother, Dr. Donald Skjei, Williston; and grandchildren, Daniel, Malena, Katie, Jenny, and Richard Skjei.
He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Joel Skjei; and siblings, Roger Skjei and Lola Jean Smith.
There will be a Celebration of Life Service at 2:00 PM on Tuesday, October 13, 2015 at Boulger Funeral Home and Celebration of Life Center, Fargo with a visitation one hour prior.
In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to Homeward Bound Animal Shelter and 4 Luv of Dog Rescue.