David Ordell Friggstad
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David Ordell Friggstad
  • November 28, 1944 - February 13, 2017
  • Mesa, Arizona

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David Ordell Friggstad passed away on February 13, 2017, following a brief illness. He was born in 1944 in Frontier, Saskatchewan to Carol and Olaf Friggstad, the oldest of seven children. He was raised on the family farm established by his grandparents, Berto and Anna Friggstad, immigrants from Norway. His childhood experiences in Frontier focused on school (grudgingly), hockey, cars, and good times with many friends. For his grade 12 school year he attended LCBI - Outlook, SK - a Lutheran residential school that Olaf had attended in the 1940's. Following school in 1963, he worked in the oil patch and then began farming in the Frontier area. In 1969, he married Dianne Halderman of Shaunavon, SK. Tragically, Dianne developed cancer, passing away in 1975. Dave worked with Olaf and brothers Terry and Lorne developing Friggstad Manufacturing Ltd., building farm machinery. Dave married Shirley Haukeness of Hazlet, SK in January 1977. Kerri Ann and Jill Marie were born to this marriage in the next 2 years. In 1980 Dave moved his family to Havre, MT, where he managed a new FML plant. By 2001, Dave was ready to leave the frigid northern climate for warmer environs. He and Shirley moved to Mesa, AZ where he worked for a time for an aircraft component manufacturer. He loved living in the desert.

Dave was the eternal optimist, always looking for the "pot of gold." The excitement of a new challenge resulted in many creative enterprises. Dave was also famous for his many legendary exploits. He was the mastermind behind countless practical jokes; his sense of humor was unmatched. All who had met him would agree that Dave was a character.

Dave was pre-deceased by his first wife Dianne and his parents Olaf and Carol Friggstad. Left behind is his loving and patient wife of 40 years - Shirley, his daughter Kerri (Joe Christensen, Jared and Molly), his daughter Jill (Dan Yeager), his grandchildren Dax and Daisy, Dave's siblings - Obert (Connie), Terry (Dawn), Audrey (Dan), Lorne (Janice), Sharon (Howie) and Doug (Tracy) and many nieces and nephews.

Mariposa Funeral Home - Mesa is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be made on their website.


Arrangements under the direction of Mariposa Gardens Memorial Park and Funeral Care, Mesa, AZ.