North Dakota Court System – Dean A. Frantsvog 1974-2022














Dean A. Frantsvog, 47, Minot, ND, passed away peacefully at his home on Saturday, August 27, 2022, after a courageous battle with cancer.

Dean was born on November 5, 1974 in Minot, North Dakota to Robert and Sandra (Hoffer) Frantsvog. He was raised and educated in Minot, graduating in 1993 from Lycée de Minot. He continued his education at Minot State University and earned his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice in 1997. He then earned his JD from Hamline University School of Law in 2000.

He met Sara Christianson at MSU in the late 1990s. She and a few co-conspirators begged him to print a few extra copies of the computer homework they were struggling with, and he happily complied. Dean and Sara ended up at a summer golf lesson together and were partners at the Minot Country Club hitting balls on the range. While Dean claims Sara was always after him from the start, they reconnected in 1999 when he was attending St. Paul Law School and working as a registered nurse at Mayo Hospital in Rochester. This time Sara couldn’t resist her charm and beauty. They returned to Minot and were married on October 21, 2000.

Dean began his law career at Minot with Olson, Burns and Lee, PC In 2002, Dean felt a call to public service. He was elected to the Minot town council as the youngest alderman at the time (age 27) where he served the people of Minot for 15 years, four of them as council president. In 2004, a teaching opportunity at MSU became available and Dean jumped at the chance. He taught all business law classes until his resignation in 2022 due to poor health. He also maintained the position of MSU Faculty Athletic Representative from 2010 to 2022. Dean had BIG dreams and always worked hard to achieve them. One of those aspirations was to own his own law firm. Frantsvog Law, PC was established in 2004, specializing in advising businesses and financial institutions.

Dean has achieved many accomplishments and accolades in his personal and professional life. Notable ones include: 2013 Vision Merit Award, MSU Gold Award for New Graduates, MSU Board of Trustees Faculty Outstanding Achievement Award, Attorney of the Court Licensure Supreme Court of the United States, MSU Professor of the Year Award and ND State Bar Association Community Service Award In 2018, he was very proud to contribute to the Dean Frantsvog Academic Success Center in the MSU Dome. More recently, he was surprised and honored to be a member of the 2022 MSU Athletic Hall of Fame.

Of all Dean’s accomplishments, his greatest pride and joy were his children, Quaid and Cambry. He always put them first, never missing a program, game or chance to hang out with them. He would often tell Sara How did we get to have the BEST kids His face would light up just talking about them. And while Dean was a social butterfly and rarely missed an opportunity to hang out with his buddies, his family still mattered the most. He would take any opportunity to be with his family because it meant lots of love with lots of laughs.

Dean gave his family the best life. They’ve had many amazing vacations across the United States, usually including some sort of professional sporting event, weekends by the lake, or just being home together. Often, this family time resulted in belly laughs and sheer silliness that will never be forgotten. Remember, Dean IS TikTok famous!

Dean will be remembered as a faithful man, a passionate teacher, a faithful family member, an incredible friend and an irreplaceable husband and father. He will always be known for his big smile, his biggest laugh, his generosity of time and money, and his good practical jokes. His favorite time of the year was hosting the MSU gala so he could roast all his co-workers and friends for everyone else’s enjoyment! He treasured the time he spent with those he loved and never felt sorry that life gave him such an incredibly hard hand. He loved his hometown and worked diligently to make it a better place. His blood was red and green for the MSU Beavers, and you could find him at most sporting events cheering loudly for student-athletes.

Dean is survived by his wife of 21 years, Sara, Minot: children, Quaid and Cambry, Minot; brothers, Travis (Ginger) Fargo and David Frantsvog (Shanda), Minot; sister, Becky Lee (Terry), Minot; mother-in-law, Karen Christianson, Minot; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Kim and Doug Tiedman, Minot, Chad and Stacy Christianson, Halstad, MN; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles.

Meeting Dean in Heaven are his parents, Bob and Sandy Frantsvog; brother, Robert Frantsvog Jr., stepfather, Dennis Christianson; paternal grandparents, Engvold and Ida Frantsvog; maternal grandparents, Arnold and Bertha Hoffer; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

Celebration of Dean’s Life: Friday, September 2, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. at the Minot State University Dome.

Visitation: Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m. at Thompson-Larson Funeral Home, Minot. At Dean’s request, his casket will be closed.

Burial: at Rosehill Memorial Park, Minot.

Instead of flowers and plants, memorials are preferred at the Minot State University Development Foundation.

Tribute to Minot State University: https://www.minotstateu.edu/pio/news/2022/08/Minot-State-mourns-the-passing-of-Dean-Frantsvog.shtml

Link to the funeral home: https://www.thompsonlarson.com/obituaries/Dean–A–Frantsvog?obId=25742591#/obituaryInfo


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