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Don Pflaum

     Donald B. Pflaum, 76, of Cavalier, ND, passed away Monday, November 2, 2020 at Sanford in Fargo, ND. Private funeral service will be held at the United Lutheran Church Tuesday, November 10, 2020. A public visitation will be held on Monday, November 9, 2020 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the United Lutheran Church, Cavalier, ND. Masks and social distancing will be required.

     Donald B. Pflaum was born August 21, 1944 in Grand Forks, ND to Clifford H. and Lucille (Boyd) Pflaum. He grew up in Wales, ND and graduated from Wales High School. Don then attended Mayville State Teachers College, where he received his degree in Chemistry and Physics. On October 24, 1964, he married Mary(Janie) Sateren at Lakota, ND. Don and Janie then moved to Cavalier where he taught school until starting Rusten and Pflaum Construction. Don enjoyed traveling the world on hunting trips and spent countless hours ice fishing with his Grandson Scotty. He enjoyed spending time with his family and going to his grandkids activities every chance he got. He took great pride in working on projects in the garage and on the job site and was never caught sitting still.

     Anyone that got the chance to know Don knew he was a softie at heart with a great sense of humor. He was the most loving man with a heart of gold and will be deeply missed by his family and all that knew him.

     Don is survived by his wife Janie and his children: Julie (Eric) Holt, Los Angeles, CA, Lisa Pflaum, Cavalier, ND, Jenni (Jason) Rasmussen, Grand Forks, ND, Justin Pflaum, West Fargo, ND; grandchildren: Scott McColl, Aspen McColl, and Kennedy Rasmussen.

     Preceding him in death were his parents and infant sister

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My sincere sympathies to Janie and the family. I know Don will be missed. My husband and I had lots of good memories with them when living in Cavalier as a young couple.

joan m leith Nov 18 2020 12:00 AM

Lisa and Pflaum family, I am so very sorry for your loss. I know he will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him. Cherish your warm and loving memories of him and keep his memory alive. Wishing you peace, comfort in your memories of him, and brighter days ahead.

Jo Russell Nov 14 2020 12:00 AM

I was Don's Manager for the Cando Villa from the time he purchased it till June 2020. Thank you Don for being a friend to me. You will be missed!!

RON LUNDE Nov 8 2020 12:00 AM

I was sorry to read about Mr Phlaum massing away. He was way too young. He was a great teacher and mentor. I spoke to him in 2015 at the reunion. He remembered all of us. My prayers are with his loved ones

Esther K Green Nov 7 2020 12:00 AM

Janie and family,
My sympathy to you at this time. I had him as a teacher and probably gave him gray hair when I took geometry. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Terry Quam Nov 7 2020 12:00 AM

I took Geometry and Chemistry from Mr Phlaum. He was my favorite teacher in Cavalier. He treated us really more like college students. Do your work and you were good with him. He always had this kind of half smile on his face, like he knew what we kids were up to all the time but he was ok with it. Like he got a kick out of our antics. Really sorry to hear he is gone.

Cathy Currie Nov 7 2020 12:00 AM

Just want to extend my sincere sympathies to all of the family. You will have great memories and each other with God carrying you. Roberta Cox

Roberta J Cox Nov 7 2020 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Don Pflaum

Linda Hjalmarson Desrosier Nov 6 2020 12:00 AM

Sorry to hear of Don's passing. My condolences go out to his family.

Robert J. Hartje Nov 6 2020 12:00 AM

Sad news. I had "Mr." Pflaum for chemistry and physics back in 1971-72. Not only did he lay out a good science foundation but he was also the science fair sponsor and advocate. He spent countless hours helping students at local, district, state, and even national science fairs. Many of us got on the bus at 5 am to head to Grand Forks, Mayville, Jamestown, or Bismarck to participate and he was always there as bus driver, mentor, and coach. Cavalier always showed well at these events and many students received high honors. I tip my hat to you, Mr. Pflaum, for your dedication, and to all the teachers from small ND towns that encouraged students to reach their potential.

Kurt Hillman Nov 6 2020 12:00 AM

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