Terry L. Narum

July 31, 1950-Jan. 8, 2021

Terry L. Narum, 70,

longtime Minot business-

man, died January 8, 2021

in his Zephyrhills, Florida

home. He was challenged

with congestive heart

failure for over 10 years.

Terry Lynn Narum was

born on July 31, 1950 to

Melvin and Thelma (Ebel)

Narum in Minot. He was

reared on the family farm,

rural Douglas and attend-

ed Douglas schools. In

1968 he graduated from

Garrison High School.

Terry attended the

University of North Dako-

ta, Grand Forks and gra-

duated in 1972 with a BS

degree in Business

Management. On De-

cember 10, 1972 he mar-

ried Jeanne Louise

Cochran in Grand Forks.

Terry was employed by

Tempo Stores in Minot

from 1972-1977 as Mer-

chandise Manager. From

1978 until 1995 he was

employed by Dakco Dis-

tributors, Minot, holding

positions as Marine

Manager and Transporta-

tion Manager for North-

land Sports, General

Manager for Nodak Candy

and Tobacco, and Person-nel Manager of Dakco Dis-

tributors. Terry also

farmed near Douglas, ND.

In partnership he esta-

blished Midwest Business

Consulting in 1996 and

later SecurScreen where

he served as vice

president and president

respectively from then un-

til 2011. He truly exempli-fied the North Dakota

work ethic in all of the

businesses he served.

Terry was an active

member of the Minot Cur-

ling Club from 1975-1985,

serving on the Board of

Directors from 1979-1982.

Active in township poli-

tics and rural fire protec-

tion, he was a volunteer

fireman for the Minot

Rural Fire Department

from 1977-1984.

Active in the human

resource field, Terry was a

member of the Minot Hu-

man Resources Associa-

tion, North Dakota Hu-

man Resource Associa-

tion, and the national

SHRM for over ten years.

He was honored as the

1997 recipient of the Su-

perior Merit Award and

the 1998 recipient of the

Professional Excellence

Award by both the local

and state chapters. Terry

was State Council Direc-

tor for the North Dakota

Human Resource Associa-tion in 1999.

Terry had been a

member of the Minot

Lions Club since the

1980s serving as its

treasurer from 1993-1999.

Both in 1997 and 2011 he

was declared a Melvin

Jones Fellow and Lion of

the Year in 2003. The

International Lions Youth

Outreach Award was

presented to him in 1998

and he received the Inter-

national President’s

Award for Service Recog-

nition in both 2006 and

2008. Lions Club fun-

draisers were always spe-

cial projects for Terry and

he volunteered many

hours toward those pur-

suits. Used eyeglasses

were stacked in boxes all

over his house for years as

he coordinated Lions

members in the process-

ing of these glasses to be

shipped to Third World

countries for distribution

to those in need. He at-

tained his goal of process-

ing 635,000 pairs of eyeg-

lasses in 2009 (one pair

for every citizen in North

Dakota). At the time of

his retirement, he had

processed over a MIL-

LION pairs of eyeglasses

in his garage. Terry was

able to deliver eyeglasses

on a mission trip to Brazil

in 2010. In June 2009 Ter-

ry was awarded the

Robert John LePage Ser-

vice Award by the North

Dakota Association for the

Blind for his dedication to

the needs of the blind and

visually impaired in

North Dakota.

The concept of Invest-

ment Clubs caught Terry’s

attention in the

mid-1970’s and he helped

establish four clubs,

Dakota Bulls, DART I and

II, and TIS serving as

president and records

manager for many years.

Serving as leader of

Gasman (Ward Co) 4-H

club for 15 years, he en-

joyed teaching 4-H princi-

ples. The Friend of 4-H

award 2005 was presented

to him by the Ward Coun-

ty 4-H Council.

Terry was a member of

Saron Lutheran Church,

rural Minot where he

served as President of the

congregation from

1986-1987. He was a

former member of Vincent

Methodist Church and

and current member of

First United Methodist

Church in Zephyrhills, FL

at the time of his death.

UND Sioux hockey was

Terry’s passion and he al-

ways cheered them on,

win or lose. His once in a

lifetime experience came

in April 2016 when he

saw his beloved Sioux

(Fighting Hawks) hockey

team win the National

Championship in Tampa,

FL. Whether gardening,

farming, repairing or

building something new,

Terry enjoyed challenging

projects and tackled them

with all the strength he

had. He had lived in

Zephyrhills, FL in retire-


Survivors include: wife

Jeanne, sons Kyle James

(Kristi), Jordan, MN, Kent

Lynn (Elisabeth Cher-

land), St. Peter, MN,

daughter, Katie Sue (Ka-

zunori Miyamoto),

Kumamoto, Japan;

grandchildren, Hailey

Christine and Carter

James Narum, Elijah

Morris and Leif Samuel

Cherland-Narum, and Jun

Peter and Haru Joel Mi-

yamoto; brother Randy,

Douglas, ND, and sister

Sheryl (Clyde) Eisenbeis,

Bismarck, ND.

He was preceded in

death by: his father, Mel-

vin Narum and mother,

Thelma Narum.

Memorials are preferred

to Lions Clubs of America

for their vision programs.

Memorial service and

burial will be in Douglas,

ND at a later date.