Ford Cameron Gerard Dargan II, 38, of Grand Forks, ND passed away Tuesday, June 11, 2019 in Mayville, ND.
Ford "Buso" Dargan was born September 9, 1980 in Grand Forks, ND, the son of Ford and Dawn (LaDouceur) Dargan. He attended Winship Elementary School until second grade and then attended school in Thompson, ND. In high school, Ford played saxophone in concert and jazz band and participated in drama and chorus. He played football and was selected to play in the 11-man Shrine Bowl in 1999. He participated in track, excelling at the shotput and discus where he still holds the school records in both. He enjoyed his years with the Quicksilver Track Club where he made countless lifelong friends and mentored many athletes. Ford took first place in shotput and discus at the State Class B Meet his junior year and competed nationally.
Ford graduated from Thompson High School in 1999. He spent one year on a full scholarship for Division I Track and Field at Louisiana Tech where he majored in Music Education and was active in the marching band with his beloved saxophone. He moved back to Grand Forks where he earned his marketing degree from Northland Community College in 2013.
Ford worked in food service all his life and met many people and made lasting friendships at the jobs he held. His most formative jobs being the Shangri-La, Big Sioux, Texas Roadhouse, and Brick and Barley. In March 2019, Ford's dream came true when he and three of his cousins opened their own restaurant in Mayville, ND called Dakota Boys. He was looking forward to the future of the restaurant and the possibilities of expanding into catering. He took great pride in this endeavor.
Ford was incredibly hardworking gentle giant and always made time to help people in need. He had an infectious smile and laugh and people gravitated to him. He was a talented and beautifully off-key whistler.
He is survived by his mother and best friend Dawn Dargan; stepfather Marc Zahradka; maternal grandmother Olivia LaDouceur; siblings Kari (Wayne) Pankonin, Kira (Rick Fillion) Dargan, Denise (Eric) Christenson, Ashley (Nathan) Marshall and Marc Zahradka; nieces Jaimee (Matt) McLaughlin, Madison Pankonin, and nephew Riley Pankonin.
He was preceded in death by his father Ford Dargan; maternal grandfather John LaDouceur; paternal grandparents Donald (DC) and Lois Dargan; step grandparents Ron and Sue Zahradka; uncles Mike, Donavard, Shawn, Kelly, Kevin, Jeff, Anthony, Lenhard and Bill; aunts Teri and Bernice; cousins Josh, Mindy, and Brenda.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Ford’s family.
Funeral Liturgy: 11:00 a.m. Monday, June 17, 2019 in the Historic Norman Funeral Home Chapel.
Visitation: 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Sunday with a 7:00 p.m. vigil service in the funeral home chapel. Visitation will continue for one hour prior to the liturgy in the funeral home on Monday.
Interment: 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, June 18, 2019 in Calvary North Cemetery, Grand Forks, ND.
The online memorial registry may be signed at www.normanfuneral.com
(The Historic Norman Funeral Home, Grand Forks, ND)