John “Jack” Hoeven Jr.

Dec. 22, 1929-Aug. 19, 2017

John Henry “Jack” Hoe-

ven Jr., 87, Chairman of

the Board of Directors of

First Western Bank and

longtime community

leader died on Saturday,

August 19, 2017 in his

home surrounded by his

loving family.

John Henry Hoeven Jr.,

or Jack as he was affec-

tionately known by family

and friends, was born on

December 22, 1929 in

Aberdeen, SD to John

Henry and Muriel (Milli-

gan) Hoeven. He was

raised and educated there

and on a farm and ranch

near Aberdeen which the

family owned and operat-

ed. He attended school in

Aberdeen and graduated

from Aberdeen High

School where he was an

outstanding basketball

player for the Eagles and

played American Legion

baseball. He continued his

education at Dartmouth

University in Hanover,

NH and graduated in 1952

with a degree in history. It

was here that he met Pa-

tricia “Trish” Chapman a

graduate of Stanford

University who was work-

ing in New York City at

the time. They were mar-

ried on February 28, 1953

in Great Falls, MT.

Following his gradua-

tion from Dartmouth he

enlisted in the U.S. Ma-

rine Corps in June of 1952

and served until his

honorable discharge as a

First Lieutenant in May of

1955. He received a Letter

of Commendation in

Hawaii in 1954. Following

his discharge, he was a

student at the University

of Montana School of Law

prior to graduating from

the LaSalle School of Law

by correspondence. He

was employed at the

Western Montana Nation-al Bank of Missoula prior

to accepting a position

with First National Bank

in Bismarck. The family

moved to Ashley, ND in

1963 when he began em-

ployment with the McIn-

tosh County Bank and to

Minot in 1964 where Jack

was employed by Union

National Bank eventually

as the President of the

bank. Trish died on

March 18, 1979.

In December of 1969,

Jack along with family

and several community

members purchased First

Western Bank. This began

a lifelong love affair

between Jack and the

members of the communi-ty and the employees of

the bank. He truly be-

lieved in the “MAGIC” of

Minot. In addition to his

responsibilities as

President and Chairman

of the Board of First

Western he was very ac-

tive in the Minot com-

munity. He was very

proud of his involvement

in Bishop Ryan High

School, Minot State

University, Minot Country

Club, Wee Links Golf

Course and Hoeven Base-

ball Complex.

Jack was very active

with the Independent

Community Banks Associ-ation, Prairie Public

Television, Minot Hous-

ing Authority, Salvation

Army, Chamber of Com-

merce, Minot Air Force

Association, Minot Area

Development Corporation,

ND Bankers Association,

North Dakota Golf Associ-ation, Norsk Hostfest, Boy

Scout Council of the Great

Plains Area, Theodore

Roosevelt Foundation,

Ninth District Federal

Reserve Board, Schafer In-

stitute at the University of

Mary, State Board of

Higher Education Chair-

man, ND Work Force

Development and Train-

ing Committee and Dart-

mouth National Enroll-

ment Committeeman and

Class Agent.

From a political per-

spective, Jack was a form-

er Vice Chairman of the

ND State Republican Par-

ty, Republican Precinct

Committeeman, Chairman

of the Fifth District

Republicans, served on

the State Executive Com-

mittee of the Republican

Party and as Treasurer of

the Kleppe Committee for

Congress, was the chair-

man and originator of the

Minot R-100 Club and

was a Presidential Ap-

pointee to the White

House Conference on Ag-

ing in 1971 and Chairman

of the Richard Nixon Ap-

pearance Committee

when he came to Minot in


Also, he was a member

of the Masonic Lodge,

Shrine Organization, Phi

Delta Theta Alumni Club,

American Legion, VFW,

Kiwanis Club, Lions Club,

Sertoma Club, Minot Y’s

Men, Junior Chamber of

Commerce, Minot Jaycees

and Elks Lodge. He was

especially proud to be a

supportive employer of

people who were also

very active in the com-

munity. He was elected

“Boss of the Year” for the

Minot Community. He

was elected to the North

Dakota Golf Hall of Fame

and the Minot Baseball

Hall of Fame for his in-

volvement in the semi pro

baseball teams of Minot

and Bismarck and his

steadfast support of the

First Western Bank Fast

Pitch Softball teams that

participated in national

tournaments. Jack married

Raziye Yusuf in June of

1984. They made their

home in Minot. Raziye

died on August 17, 2017.

Jack’s loving family in-

cludes: his children:

Becky Elder of Minot,

U.S. Senator John (Mikey)

Hoeven of Bismarck and

Washington D.C. and

Marjorie Sarah Hoeven of

Westminster, CA;

grandchildren: Matt Elder

and Alesha (Chris) Bailey;

Austin (Carole) Duffis and

Adam Duffis; Marcela

(Matthew) Samson, Jack

(Kelly) Hoeven;

great-grandchildren: Torin

Elder; Kira and Deacon

Bailey; Crew, Jax, Nash,

and Kip Samson; brother:

Dick Hoeven of San Jose,

CA; sister: Joan Bolen of

Bend, OR; sister-in-law:

Evie Aurterburn of Fort

Collins, CO and several

nieces, nephews and


Jack was preceded in

death by: his parents, two

wives and siblings: Jim

and William.

Celebration of the Life

of Jack Hoeven: Tuesday,

August 29, 2017 at 11:00

a.m. in Cornerstone Pres-

byterian Church, Minot.

Interment: in Rosehill

Memorial Park, Minot.

Visitation: Monday

from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00

p.m. in Thomas Family

Funeral Home, Minot.

Memorials are preferred

to the Trish Hoeven Scho-

larship Fund at Bishop

Ryan High School, Minot

State University or

Cornerstone Presbyterian


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