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Loren Gaylan Brovold

September 28, 1939 — October 17, 2013

Loren Gaylen Brovold passed on October 17, 2013 at Luther Memorial Home, Mayville, ND at the age of 74. He battled digestive problems for the last 6 months of his life. Loren was born at home on September 28, 1939 in Portland, ND. He lived his whole life in Portland, ND, and attended Portland Schools. He was, most of all, an avid baseball and basketball fan of both mens and womens athletics. He kept score for the teams and often the official score keepers would verify their statistics with Loren’s. He had a fabulous memory for sport facts, and could recite scores and statistics for games many years in the past. Always a positive supporter for the team members, sharing in their achievements and disappointments. He loved children and loved to see their accomplishments as they grew from child to adult. Some of his joys were attending Minnesota Twins baseball games, at one time attending training camp in Fort Myers, FL with his brother Ronald and two uncles, Ralph Brovold and Willard Sorteberg; traveling to regional and state title games often being played by the MayPort and Portland teams; and as a country western fan also enjoyed concerts in Fargo and FanFare in Nashville. He loved family and school reunions and would look forward to them, months before the event. One highlight was a Strom reunion held in Mayville attended by relatives from Norway. He also loved watching television, especially Twins baseball, and comedies such as the Lucille Ball show and the Beverley Hillbillies. As a young person, he tickled, teased and played with his sister and her friends, which of course was annoying at the time, but now fond memories. In his daily life, Loren was loved and supported by the local communities. When one says that it takes a village to raise a child, Portland and Mayville live that ideal. As a young adult, and until his death, these communities proved to be the model of “It takes a village.” As a member of these wonderful communities, he received the Comet Attendance Award on behalf of Mayville State University for his support, loyalty and commitment to the Comet Athletic Club, and “Fan of the Year” presented by the May–Port Booster Club. He was also recognized by MSU by being awarded a Lifetime pass to all MSU Comet games. Before the Mayville and Portland schools consolidated, the Senior class of Portland High School awarded Loren a Portland Pirates letterman’s jacket. When presenting awards, Mayville and Portland loved to award their team’s favorite fan. He is survived by his brother, Ronald A (Nancy) Brovold of Rochester, Minnesota, and sister Mary K. (John) Ellis of Austin, Texas; one nephew Andrew A (Susan) Brovold of Bonduel, Wisconsin and one niece, Lisa A (Darrell) Lucht of Gillett, WI; three great-nieces: Kira Lucht and Tani Lucht; and Lauren Clara Brovold; and two great-nephews, Birk Brovold and Erik Brovold. He was preceded in death by his father, Ernest L. Brovold and his mother, Clara O. (Strom) Brovold. Comet, Patriot, Pirate, and Twins sports fans will be welcoming Loren to their Heavenly team. Visitation: 1-3 PM on Sunday, October 20, 2013 at Baker Funeral Home Chapel and will resume one hour prior to the service at the church. Funeral Service: 10:30 AM Monday, October 21, 2013 at Bruflat Lutheran Church, Portland, ND. Burial: Bruflat Cemetery, Portland, ND.
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