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Date of Birth: November 13, 1937

Date of Death: April 26, 2019

Gordon Wesley Hvidsten 1937-2019 Gordon Wesley Hvidsten, 81, of Surprise, Ariz., formerly of Fargo, N.D., died April 26 at Del Webb Hospital in Surprise, with his wife and children by his side. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 30, at Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Sun City West. An additional service will be held Saturday, June 22, in Moorhead. Time and place have not been determined. Gordon was born on Nov. 13, 1937, in Warren, Minn., to Alfred and Mollie Hvidsten. He grew up on a farm in Stephen, Minn., and attended Stephen High School, where he played basketball and golf and ran track, graduating in 1955. He attended Concordia College in Moorhead and graduated in 1959. He met Carol Ann Mortvedt of Fergus Falls, Minn., when the two were in high school. They kept in touch over a few years and eventually married on Aug. 26, 1961, in Fergus Falls. Gordon and Carol made their home and raised their children in the Fargo-Moorhead area until retiring to Arizona in 2000. Gordon started his professional career with Valley Service Plumbing and Heating in Moorhead. He later started Fargo-Moorhead Insulation Co. in Fargo, and purchased Kitchen and Bath Center in Fargo, which became Fabricators Unlimited. He sold the insulation company in the early 1990s and Fabricators in 2000. In addition to his work, he was a longtime member of the Fargo Lions Club, serving as president in 1993-94. He also was involved in several building and business associations in the Fargo-Moorhead area throughout his career. He was heavily involved in church life, which included Good Shepherd in Moorhead and First Lutheran Church in Fargo. Gordon was a man of few words, but he made those words count. Although he didn’t invent “dad jokes,” he certainly embraced them, much to the chagrin (or delight, depending on the joke) of the rest of us. Gordy also had unbelievable patience, which was always on display during the years he and Carol owned their lake home on Crystal Lake near Pelican Rapids. He spent countless hours teaching many kids to water ski and pulling them behind the boat, and just as many hours trying to get them to fall off -- always wearing a mischievous grin. His patience also came in handy as he fished (he taught several would-be fishermen, too), played chess, dominoes and countless board games with grandchildren; and while playing his favorite pastime, golf. He was proud of the fact that he was able to shoot his age at 80, but the hole-in-one forever eluded him. Gordon had a big heart, which was evident as he doted on his wife, children and grandchildren. After selling their lake cabin in 2016, he and Carol would spend time each spring and summer with family, attending soccer games, plays, track and gymnastics meets, softball games, band concerts -- and anything else he could fit in. He liked to keep busy, and was always up for a project or two (or three), and was always ready to lend a hand to anyone who asked -- and to those who didn’t. Because somehow he just knew when people needed help, and just what to do. We will miss his calm demeanor, which was always a guiding force in our lives, and his steady presence, which made everyone around him feel safe and secure. His words of wisdom will forever live in our hearts, and so will the dad jokes. Gordon is survived by the love of his life, Carol; and four children, Mark (Nicole) Hvidsten, New Prague, Minn.; Maria Hvidsten, Fergus Falls, Minn.; Kari (Mark) Drake, West Des Moines, Iowa; and Paul (Kimberly) Hvidsten of Fargo; and five grandchildren, who were the lights of his life: Samantha, Taylor and Mikkal Hvidsten, and Daniel and Mallory Drake; He is also survived by a sister, Jean Eidsmoe, of Austin, Texas, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; his father- and mother-in-law, Oliver and Ingeborg Mortvedt; brothers Ralph and Earl; and a sister, Lois, in infancy; sisters-in-law Lila Hvidsten and Gloria Hvidsten and brother-in-law Orin Eidsmoe.

Service Information

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 30, at Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Sun City West. An additional service will be held Saturday, June 22, in Moorhead. Time and place have not been determined.


In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Lord of Life Lutheran Church, Habitat for Humanity Central Arizona or the charity of your choice.