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“Duncan, Ian, Nicole, Caleb,We are remembering some good times spent with you and your Dad here in Maryland. Your Dad was a talented man and a good...Read More »
1 of 10 | Posted by: Heidi and Kevin Corcoran - MD

“Nicole, Caleb, Duncan, and Ian, We are all so sorry about your Dad. He was such a talented man in so many ways. The orchid he gave us is blooming...Read More »
2 of 10 | Posted by: Gretchen Mehmel - Norris Camp, MN

“Nicole and Caleb, our deepest condolences to you on the death of your Dad. What a hard time for you both, what a freeing time it is for your father....Read More »
3 of 10 | Posted by: jane gibb - friend

“We miss you but are grateful you're finally free. Ezra and Chloe send hugs and kisses every day. Rest well. ”
4 of 10 | Posted by: Michelle

“Such a sweet and soft spoken man. Always willing to lend a hand. Soft spot in my heart for him and struggling that a life ended so early. He had so...Read More »
5 of 10 | Posted by: Deb Atkins - West Fargo, ND

“Steve was my neighbor. We spent some time together outside grilling, and building fires. He was a very sweet and caring man. He enjoyed my little...Read More »
6 of 10 | Posted by: Lisa Johnson - fargo, ND - friend

“Thank you Steve for all that I learned from working with you. ”
7 of 10 | Posted by: Cody Stanley - Grand Froks, ND

“Miss you Dad. We have been laughing at lots of wonderful memories and stories. You are loved. ”
8 of 10 | Posted by: Nicole - Daughter

“We at Clay County worked with Steve and benefited from his assesssment and treatment expertise in domestic violence cases. Through his work he served...Read More »
9 of 10 | Posted by: Rick Young - Moorhead, MN

“Caleb. Our prayers are with you and your family. Please accept our condolences for your loss. ”
10 of 10 | Posted by: Bill Shaw - Phoenix, AZ

Dr. Steven Wesley Saum
Birthdate 7/26/61
Death Date 1/24/13

Steve was born on July 26 1961 in Canby, MN to Estle and Shirley Saum. His family moved to the country when he was a small boy and he spent great deal of time exploring the woods, swimming in the creek, and developing a love for the outdoors and for hunting. He excelled in sports in high school and graduated from Canby High School in 1979. He went on to play football at the University of Minnesota Morris and graduated in 1983 with a degree in English Literature. He spent the next 12 years working with adults with developmental disabilities in various capacities throughout Minnesota. In 1996 Steve earned an MS in counseling and human development at Minnesota State University Moorhead. While he was working on his PhD in Clinical Psychology, he worked as a counselor at the Village Family Service Center and Southeast Human Service Center. He received his PhD from the Fielding Graduate University, Santa Barbara, in 2006. Steve spent most of his professional career focusing on work with Adult Sex Offenders as well as Domestic Violence perpetrators. He provided program direction for the ND State Hospital Sex Offender Treatment Program and was clinical supervisor at The Village. He also worked at Solutions Behavioral Health Care Professionals, Benson Psychological Services, and was an adjunct professor at Jamestown College. In addition he served on numerous professional committees, including the Governor's Task Force on sex offender treatment and did a great deal of public speaking on a variety of mental health care topics.

Steve had a long standing love of the outdoors, including hunting and fishing, which was shared with family members and friends. He enjoyed gardening, canning, and cooking and attempting to learn the art of Bonsai. He was known for being able to take whatever ingredients he had available to him to create an outstanding dish. Steve liked to read, play guitar, do crossword puzzles, and engage in a lively conversation.

Steve always felt very strongly about advocating for the underdog and the marginalized, which he learned from his father. Steve had been on a spiritual journey that included both AA and his church. He was a member of Martin's Lutheran in Casselton, where he had been involved in dramas, making communion bread, helping lead contemporary worship, and participating in their AWEsome worship, as well as making great dishes for potlucks. Steve's last wish was to die well and die sober, which he achieved, finding peace and serenity as he approached his final journey.

Steve is survived by his mother, Shirley, (Canby) and children—Nicole (Jason) Bolluyt, Moorhead, Caleb (Kelsey) Saum, Moorhead, Duncan and Ian Saum (Casselton), Ezra and Chloe Saum (Appleton, WI) and grandchildren Nathan Bolluyt and Siiri Johnk. He was preceded in death by his father Estle Saum. He died with dignity, grace, and courage on Jan. 24, 2013.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Churches United for the Homeless in Moorhead or the Martin's Lutheran Church Pastor's Discretionary Fund.

Memorial Service: Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 7:00PM Martins Lutheran Church - Casselton, ND

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