Dorman Conradson

Posted: Sunday, December 07, 2008

Former longtime Juneau resident Dorman Herrid Conradson died Dec. 4, 2008, of cancer at the Hospice House in Rapid City, S.D. He was 65.

Born Dec. 26, 1942, in Richardson, N.D., to Herrid and Mabelle (Dohrmann) Conradson, he grew up in Taylor, N.D., and graduated from Taylor High School in 1961. He attended one year of Bible College in Fergus Falls, Minn., before joining the Navy, serving mainly at China Lake, Calif.

Following his discharge, he attended college in Aptos, Calif., before moving to Portland, Ore., where he worked in the warehouse for Meier & Frank department stores.

In 1975, he started driving north, and his car broke down in Juneau. He settled there for the next 23 years. He worked as a chef for numerous restaurants - only moving on to the next one when the previous one closed its doors.

Figuring the restaurant business was a bit too iffy, he became the cook for Children's Community Center in Juneau, where he worked until 1998 when he went to live with his sister, Mary Newton, in Long Beach, Calif., while he received treatment for cancer.

One day after enjoying a beautiful sunset looking through silhouettes of palm trees and a crystal ocean, he said "I better get out of here before I start liking it too much."

In 2001, he moved to Hot Springs, S.D., where he lived until his death. During his time in South Dakota, he enjoyed life like never before, his family said. He traveled the rodeo circuit (as a spectator) each year from which he shared great journalizing of what he had seen and done on his many drives from state to state.

His love for cowboy boots will long be remembered by those who observed him in various colors and designs. He became a collector of CDs that supported his love for music and of knives and books that supported his love for the outdoors and pioneer days.

He celebrated nine years of sobriety, and his renewed relationship with Jesus as Lord on Sept. 10, his family said. His siblings, Diane, Leonard and Mary, were with him on that day.

He is survived by his sisters, Diane Meyer, of Kula, Maui, and Mary Sullivan and husband, Wesley, of Long Beach; brother, Leonard Conradson and wife, Barbara, of Dickinson, N.D.; nieces and nephews, Joanna Meyer, John Meyer, Todd Conradson, Amber Conradson, Elizabeth Brushwyler and Tyler Newton; and great-nieces and -nephews, Kahlea Conradson, Kjell Conradson, Lenny Conradson, Joshua Brushwyler and Abigail Brushwyler.

A memorial service in Taylor is pending further notice, and may take place next summer.

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