David Koland, known to friends as "Dave," passed away May 8, 2018, at the age of 75 years. Born in Oregon and raised in North Dakota, Dave attended the University of North Dakota, majoring in business. He put his skills to good use in many endeavors but ultimately directed them to his passion, water.
Known as the "Water Guy" by many, he was inducted into the North Dakota Water Users Hall of Fame in 2016. Most recently Dave served as general manager for the Garrison Diversion Conservancy District for 13 years, executive director for North Dakota Rural Water Systems Association for 11 years and served as president of the North Dakota Water Education Foundation. Dave also served as president of the National Water Resources Association and NWRA Board for many years. Prior to his career in water, Dave was a North Dakota legislator.
Dave was an active community member, involved in many organizations. He enjoyed golf, playing cards, and time with friends and family.
He is survived by his wife, Tudy of 44 years; his daughter, Stacey and husband, Todd Thorsell; grandsons, Tracy Thorsell (Brooke) and Jesse Thorsell; and one great-grandchild, Willie Thorsell; one brother, Gerald Koland; two sisters, Janet Houle and Sharon Koland.
He was preceded in death by his father, Louis Koland; and mother, Bessie Koland.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, May 14, at Trinity Lutheran Church, Carrington, with The Rev. Fred Grundmann and The Rev. Rick Loewen officiating.
His Visitation will be held Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. at Evans Funeral Home, Carrington. Visitation will continue from 6 to 7 p.m. with a prayer service at 7 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church.
Memorials can be made to American Cancer Society.
Online condolences may be sent at www.EvansFuneralHomeND.com.