Mark Edward Paulson

Mark Edward Paulson, of Grand Forks, North Dakota, passed away on Saturday January 2, 2021. He was 72-years old. His passing was peaceful and he was surrounded by his loving family.

Born on March 9, 1948, Mark was the eldest child of Paul and Laura Jane Paulson. He grew up on Letnes Drive, a neighborhood that he loved, and his neighbors became his lifelong friends. He attended Grand Forks Central High School, where he excelled at athletics, especially hockey, and gained a reputation as one of Central’s all-time great defensemen. Central’s team, coached by the legendary Serge Gambucci, won three consecutive state championships while Mark was on the team, and Mark was inducted into the Grand Forks Central Athletic Hall of Fame. After graduation, he attended Colorado College on an NCAA Division I hockey scholarship. He majored in Business Administration and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1970.

Mark returned to Grand Forks, North Dakota, intending to work at Froehlich-Paulson-Moore, Inc., a private insurance agency where his father was a partner. When his father died unexpectedly, he took on greater responsibility. By 1981 he was President of the company.

He married the love of his life, Trish Paulson, in 1981. Together, they had three children. As a proud father, he prioritized attending his children’s plays, concerts, sporting events, and other activities. Mark enjoyed spending summers at the lake with his family. He stayed busy year-round with hockey in the winter, skiing in the spring, golf and softball in the summer, and fishing and hunting in the fall. Mark golfed many of the great courses around the world and has celebrated several holes in one.

Over the course of his life, hockey remained a passion. He co-founded the Grand Forks Wheatkings Senior Hockey Team. He played full contact senior hockey until he was 30 and no-check senior hockey until he was 60. He also shared his love of hockey with others by coaching various youth teams. This began in 1971 at the high school level, and it ended in 2007 when his team won the Tri-State Junior Gold Tournament.

Mark was involved in many organizations throughout his life. With the North Dakota Independent Insurance Agents, he served on the Board of Directors from 1994–2000, was the President in 1997, and was recognized as the North Dakota Independent Insurance Agent of the Year in 1998. With the North Dakota Associated General Contractors, he served on the Board of Directors from 1984–1986, was Vice President of the Associate Division in 1986, and became a Lifetime Member in 2010. With the Builders & Traders Exchange, he was a member of the Board of Directors from 1995–1999, President in 1999, and became a Lifetime Member in 2015. He served on the Sioux Boosters Board of Directors from 1975–1977. He was the North Dakota Golf Association Chairman of the 1978 State Amateur Golf Tournament. He also served on the Board of Directors for the Altru Health Foundation from 1994–2000, and he was the Co-Chairman of the North Dakota North/South Shrine Football Game in 1980 and 1981.

Mark is survived by his wife, Trish Paulson; his three children, Matt Paulson, Nick Paulson, and Kate (Tyler) Piper; his sister, JoAnn (Rob) Vollrath; his nieces and nephew, Jami (Tyler) Herbst, Julie (Binh) Diep, and Brad (Meghan) Vollrath; and six great-nieces and great-nephews. He was also expecting his first grandchild, who is due in April, 2020.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Paul and Laura Jane Paulson; his brother, Jim Paulson; and his sister-in-law June (Ebertowski) Paulson.

In lieu of flowers, we will be accepting donations from those who feel moved to contribute towards a scholarship for Central High School athletes in Mark’s honor. Those interested can do so by mailing a check to the address below and including the “Mark Paulson Scholarship” on the memo line or in a note accompanying the donation. They can also give online at Under “designation” they can scroll to the bottom and select “other.” An additional field will pop up and they can type in the “Mark Paulson Scholarship.”

GF Foundation for Education

2400 47th Ave S

Grand Forks, ND 58201

A Private Memorial Service: Will be at Calvary Lutheran Church in Grand Forks, ND.

Interment: Memorial Park North Cemetery, Grand Forks, ND.

Live Streaming of the memorial service may be viewed at

The online memorial registry may be signed at

(The Historic Norman Funeral Home, Grand Forks, ND)

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