Brian James Dunford, 58, of West Fargo, ND, passed away on Saturday, January 8, 2022, in his home surrounded by his loving family after an unbelievable, courageous battle with Gliosarcoma brain cancer.
Brian was born on January 5, 1964, to John and Betty (Wendt) Dunford in Valley City, ND. His family moved to Langdon, ND, where he grew up and graduated from Langdon High School. He attended Jamestown College on a scholarship for Track, Field, and Football. After his time at college, he lived in Oregon for a few years before returning to North Dakota, working various jobs in Fargo, ND. He was united in marriage to Cristy McLaren, on February 6, 2004, in West Fargo, ND. That same year, he began working at Floor To Ceiling Carpet One Floor and Home as a sales rep. He moved up the ladder from sales rep to President where he worked until his health declined taking on a consultant role.
Brian was an avid sports fan, especially the Cubs and Bison. He had a love for golf and made golfing trips from Vegas to Scotland. He was a very stoic, empathetic, and easy going individual. He rarely put himself first and was always looking after the needs of others, especially his family’s. His family was the centerpiece of his life and cared for them deeply.
Brian is survived by his loving wife, Cristy; children, Dalton (Kristin) Dunford, Ryne Dunford, and Addison Dunford; mother, Betty; siblings, Brad (Terry) Dunford, Brenda (Merlin) Schill, Brent Dunford, and Bryce Dunford; nieces and nephews, Brandon, Marcus, Eric, Jessica, Justin, Samantha, Austin, and Tyler; the Mark family; and many other loving relatives and friends. He is preceded in death by his father, John.
Visitation will be on Friday, January 14, 2021, from 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M., followed by the prayer service at 7:00 P.M., at Bethel Church, Fargo, ND. Visitation will continue from 10:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M., followed by the Celebration of Life at 11:00 A.M., on Saturday, January 15, 2021, at the Church. In honor of Brian’s love for sports, family encourages attendees to wear Cubs, Bison, or your favorite sports attire for the service. A video tribute, guestbook, and livestream of the service will be available here on Brian’s webpage.