A Celebration of Life service for David George Jansen, PhD, will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, July 10, 2014, at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1710 Cherry Street, Grand Forks, ND

Dr. David George Jansen, 79, of Crookston, MN, died Sunday afternoon, July 6, 2014, at the Altru Hospital in Grand Forks, ND, following a brief illness.  Several members of his family were at his side.

David was born in Minneapolis, MN on January 17, 1935, the son of Gerhardt and Ethel (Becklin) Jansen. He received his education in the Minneapolis Public Schools and went on to attend Augsburg College in St. Paul. He later transferred to the University of Minnesota where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree while majoring in Philosophy and English. David then enrolled at Augustana Seminary in Rock Island, IL and was later ordained into the Evangelical Lutheran Church. After further study at Superior (WI) State University he completed work on his Masters Degree in Counseling and followed that with a PhD in Clinical Psychology at the University of Indiana in Bloomington. David practiced clinical psychology in several states before coming to Grand Forks in 1987. Later that year on September 3rd he was united in marriage to Marlene Rae Muir at the Wesley United Methodist Church in Grand Forks. The couple made their home in Grand Forks and created a blended family between his five children and Marlene’s three children. In 1998 David and Marlene moved to Crookston. Sadly, Marlene passed away on October 3, 2013. David continued to maintain his clinical psychology practice to the present time as owner of the Prairie Psychological Center in Crookston. He was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Grand Forks and a former member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Crookston. David was a longtime member of the Crookston Lions Club and served for many years as the organization’s ‘tail twister’. He was a diehard Chicago Cubs baseball fan and never lost faith that ‘someday’ they might win it all. Professionally, David was licensed to practice clinical psychology in several states, and was a member of the American Psychologist’s Association and the Clinical Hypnosis Society of Minnesota. He will be very sadly missed and lovingly remembered by his family and friends.      

David is survived by his 5 children: Loren (Laura) Jansen of St. Peter, MN, Lawrence Jansen of Elk River, MN, Sharon (Travis) Smith of Manhattan, KS, Dean (Carolyn) Jansen of Warsaw, IN, and Lowell Jansen of Brooklyn Center, MN; 3 step- children: Stephanie (Jim) Selby of Zeeland, MI, Stacie (Shawn) Rumsey of Holland, MI, and Kenneth “Steve” Bakke (Sara Daugherty) of Grand Forks, ND; numerous grandchildren;  a brother and 2 sisters: Harold (Betty) Jansen of Rapid City, SD, Bonnie Bies of Yorba Linda, CA; and Edith Cousins of Nowthen, MN; a sister-in-law and 2 brothers-in-law: Marcia (George) Allison of Crookston, MN; Robert (Jeanne) Muir of Danville, KY; and Ronald Muir of Fairbanks, AK; as well as many nieces, nephews, and other relatives. In addition to Marlene, his beloved wife of 26 years, David was preceded in death by his parents, Gerhardt and Ethel, and infant sister, Ruth. May God bless David’s memory.

A Celebration of Life service for David George Jansen, PhD, will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, July 10, 2014, at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1710 Cherry Street, Grand Forks, ND, with The Rev. Craig Fenske, officiating. Visitation will take place at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Crookston on Wednesday from 5-7:00 p.m., with a 7:00 p.m. prayer service and time of sharing, and will continue at Immanuel Lutheran for one hour prior to the funeral. Inurnment will be at a later date in the Columbarium at the Oakdale Cemetery in Crookston. The Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home is assisting with arrangements. The family requests that memorials be given in David’s name to Immanuel Lutheran Church.

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