Visitation will be held from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM with a 7:00 PM prayer service on Tuesday, July 17, 2018 at Johnson Funeral Service in Thief River Falls, MN. Visitation will also be held one hour prior to the funeral on Wednesday at Bethlehem Lutheran Church.
Doyle Orville Harstad was born on December 13, 1941 in Thief River Falls, MN the son of Orville and Lenora (Sorenson) Harstad. He was baptized and confirmed at Zion Lutheran Church in Viking, MN. He attended country school in Marsh Grove Township and then finished school in Newfolden, MN. In these years, Doyle worked on the farm with his parents.
On July 13, 1963, Doyle was united in marriage to Marilyn Mae Sjoquist at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Newfolden, MN and they made their home in Newfolden, MN. To this union four children were born, Gary, Carol, Kristi and Greg. From 1965 until 1976, they lived in Newfolden, MN where Doyle worked road construction. In 1970, he started G & H Sand & Gravel with Maynard Garfve as his partner. The family moved to Viking, MN in 1976 and that year following Maynard’s death, Doyle changed the name of the company to Harstad Sand & Gravel. From 1994-2012, Doyle worked at Davidson Construction as heavy equipment operator. In 2007 they returned to Newfolden where they have continued to reside. In August of 2015, for health reasons, Doyle made his home at LifeCare Roseau Manor in Roseau, MN.
Doyle was a member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church where he was active and held several offices. He was a charter member of the Newfolden Lions Club, served on the Marshall County Central School Board for many years, Newfolden Fire Department, Agassiz Rod & Gun Club, Newfolden City Council and served as Mayor of the city of Newfolden.
Snowmobiling, hunting, fishing, traveling, playing cards, visiting with family and friends and following the grandkids activities were passions of Doyle. He was always smiling, very outgoing, a people person, had a hardy laugh, had a saying for everything, was easy to visit with and had a great sense of humor.
Survivors include his loving wife of almost 55 years, Marilyn of Newfolden; children, Gary (Missy Jones) Harstad of Warren, MN, Carol (Tim) McDaniels of Roseau, MN, Kristi (Jared) Evans of Greenbush, MN, and Greg (Kris) Harstad of Plummer, MN; grandchildren, MacKenzie, Michael, Emily, Hallie, Alex, Ben (Alisha), Courtney (Kyle), Zach, Maddison, Mason, Iver and Mira; great-grandchildren, Aspen, James, Zayne, Connor, Oaklynn; siblings, Kameron (Kathy) Harstad, Larry (Carole) Harstad, Lynnet (Jerry) Swaser, Calvin (Dianne) Harstad; aunt, Virginia Field; and many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
He is preceded in death by his parents; and brother, Donn.