Retired UND Police Lt. Mark Thorpe dies at 54

Thorpe served on UND's police force for 20 years

Retired UND Police Lieutenant Mark Thorpe
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GRAND FORKS — UND is mourning the death of a 20-year veteran of its police force.

Lt. Mark Thorpe died at his home on Saturday after battling cancer. He was 54.

UND Police Chief Rodney Clark said Thorpe worked his way up through the ranks from patrol officer to training lieutenant. It was in this senior role that he served as a mentor for younger officers, Clark said.

"I think his greatest contribution was passing his expertise onto the other officers," said Clark. "He would always go out of his way to help."

Thorpe's obituary notes he was medically retired from the force in 2022.


"His family was the most important thing to him," the obituary read, referencing his four children and his wife Tracie Lill. "He enjoyed spending his free time with family and friends, coaching the kids’ soccer teams, cheering on Liverpool Football Club, playing games, singing along to his favorite songs, and watching old movies."

In a Facebook post on Tuesday, the department thanked people for "the abundance of prayers and support for the Mark's family during this fight."

"We ask for continued prayers for the Thorpe family and the UND Police Department family during this time," the post said.

In addition to his service on UND's police force, Thorpe served in both active duty and the North Dakota Army National Guard.

Funeral services are slated for 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 23 at the Norman Funeral Home Chapel in Grand Forks, with visitation scheduled one hour prior to the service.

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