Evans Funeral Home

"Compassionate Funeral Service"

Carrington and New Rockford, North Dakota
701.652.3003 or 701.947.2911



David Koland

David Koland, known to friends as "Dave," passed away on May 8, 2018, at the age of 75 years.  Born in Oregon and raised in North Dakota, Dave attended the University of North Dakota, majoring in business.  He put his skills to good use in many endeavors but ultimately directed them to his passion, water.

Known as the Water Guy by many, he was inducted into the North Dakota Water Users Hall of Fame in 2016.  Most recently Dave served as General Manager for the Garrison Diversion Conservancy District for 13 years, Executive Director for North Dakota Rural Water Systems Association for 11 years and served as President of the North Dakota Water Education Foundation. Dave also served as President of the National Water Resources Association and NWRA Board for many years.  Prior to his career in water, Dave was a North Dakota Legislator.

Dave was an active community member, involved in many organizations.  He enjoyed golf, playing cards, and time with friends and family.

He is survived by his wife Tudy of 44 years, his daughter Stacey and husband Todd Thorsell, grandsons Tracy Thorsell (Brooke) and Jesse Thorsell and one great-grandchild, Willie Thorsell, one brother, Gerald Koland, two sisters, Janet Houle and Sharon Koland.

He was preceded in death by his Father Louis Koland and Mother, Bessie Koland.

**Memorials can be made to American Cancer Society**



Sunday, Noon - 5:00PM in Evans Funeral Home Carrington, continuing from 6:00PM - 7:00PM at the church


Sunday at 7:00PM in Trinity Lutheran Church, Carrington


Monday, May 14, 2018, at 2:00PM in Trinity Lutheran Church, Carrington, ND


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Name: Glenn D Johnson

Date: 5-14-18

Message: My sympathies to Dave's family.  I shared time and experiences with Dave on the board of the National Water Resources Association and respected his leadership and and enjoyed his friendship.  He was like a great vintage wine.



Name: Cary Backstrand

Date: May 14, 2018

Message: Condolences to Dave's family. Dave was a great voice for ND Water. He will be greatly missed


Name: Glenn McCrory

Date: 5/13/18

Message: Condolences to Dave's family. Will miss his humor at meetings. He was a great voice for ND Water. Thoughts and prayers.


Name: Dave and Tarryll Shomento

Message: Tudy- we are so sorry to hear of Dave’s passing. It was wonderful to see him recently. We have great memories of our Jaycee days. We hope you find comfort in your memories. Our love and prayers. Dave and Tarryll


Name: Gary Renick

Date: May 13, 2018

Message: So sad to hear of the sudden death of Dave! I recall seeing a picture with Gary Wall, Mike & Steve Lodoen only a few months ago and he looked great! Another fine Botno man has gone!  RIP Dave.


Name: Grard Gernand

Date: 5/12/2018

Message: Dave is a great leader and friend, our deepest condolences



Name: Sharon Bakken

Date: May 12, 2018

Message: Tudy and family,

So sorry to hear of Dave's passing.  Thinking of you at this difficult time.  Prayers and good memories are what will get you through this.  Take care.


Name: Judy Koland Nelson

Date: 5-12-18

Message: Cousin Dave, as I always called him, was a close relative and a great friend. We shared many happy times: going to the Boundary Waters in the 60s (I remember it was Dave and I who volunteered to paddle around the lake in pouring rain to find the trail because we were lost); crusin' around Botno; and Dave even graciously took me to the prom when my boyfriend Arlin was gone with the National Guard. His passing marks the end of an era for the "cousins" and he is already missed very much. Love and Blessings to Tudy, Jerry, Janet, Sharon and their families.


Name: Jim Shelton

Date: May 12, 2018

Message: I was very sorry to hear of the passing of Dave.   My sympathy and heartfelt condolences goes out to family and friends.  Dave will be missed.


Name: Terry Rust

Date: May 11,2018

Message: Dave hired me in the 90's for a position for rural water. I have never had a better supervisor. He was always very clear in direction, and always professional. I've always respected him. He made me a better person. Love and prayers to the family.   


Name: Jean Schafer

Date: 5/11/18

Message: Condolences to Tudy and family, Dave was always a part of my career in water whether at NDRWSA, GDCD, or the Water Ed Foundation, it's hard to imagine ND water mgmt without him. Prayers to you all at this difficult time.


Name: Tim Quinn

Date: May 11, 2018

Message: I had the enormous privilege and pleasure of working with Dave Koland at NWRA. He had quiet strength and calm wisdom.  I came to greatly admire him.  Dave helped NWRA work through some difficult times.  He will be sorely missed.



Name: LuVerne Albrecht

Date: May11,2018

Message: We are very sorry to hear about Dave's passing. He will be missed. Our sincere on condolences to the family.


Name: Mike Ryan

Date: May 11, 2018

Message: Dave was an articulate advocate for the communities he served as a  water resources professional.  I will remember Dave as a true gentleman who was both candid and compassionate.


Name: cheryll sumpter

Date: May 10,2018

Message: So very sad to hear of David's passing.  He was a wonderful man and he is at peace now and in Gods hands.  Prayers to you and your family.


Name: Stacey Knoebel

Date: 5/10/18

Message: Uncle David was always so much fun to talk with, I loved his joking around demeanor even though he tried to trick you with his poker face.  He was a good man and I'll miss him.  Much love and prayers to Tudy, Stacey and the whole family. 


Name: Rocky Hubrig

Date: May 10, 2018

Message: My condolences to Dave's family. Dave and I enjoyed many rounds of golf together, he was always a gentleman and even after he moved from Minot, I found a true friend. I was able to stop in Carrington two summers ago and play 18 with him, I am glad I did. Dave will be missed by his golf buddies from Minot, especially this one.


Name: Ken Royse

Date: 5/10/2018

Message: Deepest condolences to the family.  All of us in the water world of ND knew Dave very well and we all very much respected his abilities and leadership for water development in our State.  Just recently Dave was inducted into the ND Water Hall of Fame; an honor which is reserved only for the highest level of achievement. We will all miss him.    



Name: Glen Monson

Date: 5/10/2018

Message: Words are difficult to express feeling at times like this.  I am very sorry to hear about Dave's passing.  He will be missed by all.


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