Dale A. Darras, 76, Minot, died Friday, May 9, 2014, in a Minot health care facility.
Dale Allen Darras was born July 23, 1937, in Noonan, the son of Charles and Ann (Bourdeau) Darras. He was raised in Noonan and Columbus and graduated from Columbus High School in 1955. He joined the Army, where he earned a good conduct medal, and was honorably discharged in 1957.
On June 27, 1959, he married Bertha Kostad at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Columbus. He worked in carpentry, at Miller Hardware, then managed the Mountain Iron Supply Store in Columbus.
In 1966, he obtained his insurance licenses and managed the insurance agency of Columbus State Bank. He also became an agent with Pioneer Mutual Insurance. In 1968 he was named to the bank's board of directors and, in 1972, he initiated the procedure to file a charter for a new bank. The new bank, First National Bank of Crosby, with branches in Columbus and Lignite, opened in 1977. In 1980, he was named president of Dakota Bank Holding Company and, in 1981, was named chairman of the board for First National Bank.
In addition to his insurance and bank work, he farmed near Columbus and spent summer weekends with their three daughters, Tammy, Tanya and Tina, at the cabin at White Bear Lake in Saskatchewan, where they made lifelong Canadian friends. In 1983, they moved to Minot, where Dale owned and managed an insurance and investment business.
Dale and Bertha belonged to the Ramblin' Nodaks, of which Dale was president, and the Family Motor Coach Association. Dale volunteered at Norsk Hostfest in Minot for several years, directing the parking of motorhomes. Since 2005, they have lived during the winter months at Val Vista Park in Mesa, Ariz., where they spent many hours golfing and enjoying time with friends and family.
Dale was a member of Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, the Knights of Columbus, the Eagles Aerie and the Moose lodge, all of Minot, as well as a coffee group that met daily at Dairy Queen in Dakota Square Mall. While living in Columbus, Dale was a member of the Lions, the volunteer fire department and other organizations, and served on the Columbus School Board.
He is survived by: his wife of 54 years, Bertha; his daughters, Tanya (Tony) Watterud, Minot, and Tina (Tim) Guthmiller, West Fargo; his grandchildren, Chelsea (John) Gleich, Chad and Chloe Watterud, Mercedes, Casper and Drake Westereng, and Erika Guthmiller; great-grandson, Jaxon Gleich; his sisters, Dianne (Ed) Starrett, of Chandler, Ariz., and Bonnie Reistad, Mesa, Ariz.; his brother, Gary (Sylvia) Darras, Mandan; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his daughter, Tammy Hoff; his parents; and his infant brother, Lenny.
Mass of Christian Burial: Wednesday, May 14, 2014, at 10:30 a.m. at Our Lady of Grace Church, Minot.
Interment: Rosehill Memorial Park, Minot.
Visitation: Tuesday, May 13, from 4 to 7 p.m., at Thompson-Larson Funeral Home, Minot.
Vigil prayer service: Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the funeral home.
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