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Published July 14, 2013, 12:00 AM

David John Heimdahl

Alexandria, MN

June 17, 1949-June 24, 2013

David John Heimdahl

Alexandria, MN

June 17, 1949-June 24, 2013

David J. Heimdahl, 64, died from a sudden illness on June 24, 2013 at the St. Cloud Hospital in MN. He was born in Havre, MT in 1949. He grew up in St. Louis Park, MN, and graduated from high school there in 1967, and received his BS degree in Business from Moorhead State University in 1971.

After graduating college, David found his true passion working with young people as Youth Director and Camp Cormorant Director at the YMCA in Fargo, ND.

At age 24 David suffered a severe traumatic brain injury in a car accident. After years of rehab and recovery, David not only survived, but thrived. He was known for his iron will to overcome, a mean racquet ball game, his kindness, his love of music, especially "oldies," and his robust (and sick!) sense of humor. David's perseverance became an inspiration to many people, and his life can only be described as miraculous. His family and friends will miss this sweet, funny man dearly.

David was preceded in death by his parents Finn T. and Alice Lien Heimdahl, nephew, Matthew Finn Andersen, and David's dog, Smokey.

David is survived by his siblings, Shelley (Gary) Grant of Havre, MT; Annie Heimdahl, Alexandria, MN; Merry McIntyre, Los Alamos, NM; Lori (Robert) Heimdahl Gibson, Los Alamos; and Peter L. Heimdahl, Los Alamos, NM; and many beautiful nieces and nephews.

A very special thanks to his sister Annie, who lived with and cared for David in the last few years in Alexandria, and to Annie's daughter Traci Harding and her family.

A memorial service for David will be held on August 12 at 1 PM at the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in Moorhead, MN, with a reception following.

In lieu of flowers or gifts, memorials can be sent to "The David J. Heimdahl Memorial Campership Fund" at the YMCA of Cass and Clay Counties, 400 First Avenue South, Fargo, ND 58103; a great way to honor David by sending deserving children to his beloved Camp Cormorant.

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