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Guy Bakken

June 16, 1966-Oct. 22, 2012

November 4, 2012
Minot Daily News

Guy Bakken, 46, Littleton, Colo., formerly of Lignite, died in his home on Thursday, Oct. 22, 2012, in Littleton.

Guy was born June 16, 1966, the son of Palmer and Betsy Bakken, in Kenmare. He was a person that was full of love and full of life. Guy was enrolled in elementary and high school in Lignite and graduated from Burke Central High School in 1984. Upon graduation, he attended North Dakota State University in Fargo where he was a member of Delta Upsilon Fraternity. He graduated with a degree in accounting in 1989. He went on to spend most of his career in the Denver area as a certified public accountant. While he was working in that field, he also furthered his education, attending University of Denver-Sturm College of Law, earning a master's degree in tax law in 2004.

Guy had many hobbies and interests in life. He was an avid runner with a Denver area running club and completed numerous marathons. He was very proud of completing the Fargo Marathon in 2010. Other activities included hiking, biking, skiing, running, softball and traveling. He was especially proud of his nieces and nephews, and had a unique love for the farm where he grew up.

Guy was very strong in his faith and was a current member of the Abiding Hope Lutheran Church in Littleton and a former member of the Christ Lutheran Church in Lignite.

Guy was preceded in death by his maternal and paternal grandparents.

Survivors include: parents, Palmer and Betsy Bakken, Fargo; sisters, Derenda Bakken (Dale Ermi), Brenham, Texas, and Darnelda Leary, Moorhead, Minn.; brother, Grady (Traci) Bakken, Lignite; nieces, Tess (Matt) Sobocinski, Fargo, Devin Leary, Fargo, and Kyra Bakken, Lignite; and nephews, Ethan and Corbin Bakken, both Lignite.

A Celebration of Life service will be Wednesday, Nov. 7, at 11 a.m. at Christ Lutheran Church in Lignite.

Burial will follow at Tonset Lutheran Cemetery in rural Lignite.

Visitation: There will be no reviewal, however, people may sign a guest book one hour prior to the service at the church.

Donations are preferred to Tonset Lutheran Cemetery.

Arrangements are being coordinated with Thompson-Larson Funeral Home of Kenmare.

Those wishing to sign the online register and share memories may access the online obituaries section at (



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