David Thomas Hogan suddenly and unexpectedly lost his life on Thursday, December 23, 2021 in Watford City, ND The entire circumstances remain clouded, but what is clear is that David lit up the lives of those who knew him . As one of his friends recently said, “Dave was the life of the band. There was no one who didn’t smile when he was around.
Parents Michael and Rebecca Hogan and big sister, Holly, happily welcomed Dave into the world on March 14, 1991, in Newport, Oregon. Dave and his family have always joked that he was three days premature and his real date of birth should have been St. Patrick’s Day. Day, as his Irish heritage and sense of Irish pride was quite strong.
When Dave was 5, his family returned home to Idaho. Dave attended Juliaetta and Kendrick’s school, and graduated from Kendrick High School in 2009. His school-age years gave him many hilarious stories, heartwarming memories, and lifelong friendships. In high school, Dave was an avid football player and his friends were everything to him.
After graduating, Dave developed the most eclectic interests, hobbies and careers. His pursuits had two things in common: they carried him away and kept him in good company. Dave enjoyed competitive dart throwing, music and concerts, movies, fishing, hunting, cooking, and pre- and post-Columbian American history. Dave’s mother once took him on vacation to several states to allow him to investigate the latter in his own way.
Dave spent his working years logging, road building and working in the oil fields of North Dakota, alternating between these roles from time to time. Whatever work he was doing at any given time was always for – or with – a close friend. Dave was known to be considerate and to appreciate the beauty of his surroundings, and he often took photos of his job sites and sent them to family and friends. His favorite quote was: “The harder you work, the luckier you will be. Most recently, Dave lived in Watford City, ND, and worked as a derrick laborer for AWOL Well Service Pony Rig.
Dave met his soul mate and longtime girlfriend, Rebecca “Bear” Haines, in January 2015. Bear recalled, “He carried me away with a hug, his love for music and his immense love for his family and his friends.” They welcomed their first baby (furry) in January 2017, when their mastiff, Doobie, was born. Their hearts and family grew on April 7, 2020, when they welcomed a daughter, Evelyn Murphy Hogan. Before Dave had Bear and Evelyn, it seemed he only saw the world in gray tones; once he had them, it was as if he could suddenly see in color. His love for his daughters was incredibly huge and they gave him the happiest years of his life. In the spring of 2021, Dave and his family traveled to eastern North Dakota so he could return to his job in the oil industry.
Dave is survived by Bear, Evelyn and Doobie; mother, Becky Hogan; sister and brother-in-law, Holly and Casey Strong; nephews, Tristan Hensley and Jasper Strong; niece, Chesny Strong; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins; and many friends, whom Dave absolutely counted as his family.
Dave was predeceased by his grandparents, Thomas and Evelyn Hogan, and David Morton, and Muriel Morton-Luce; and her father, Michael Hogan.
A celebration of David’s life will be held at 2 p.m. on March 5, 2022 at Kendrick High School in Kendrick, followed by a reception. If you have any photos or stories to share of how Dave lit up your life, please send them to [email protected]
For those willing to contribute, the Dave Hogan Donation Account was established at Potlatch No. 1 Financial Credit Union to help David’s family with end-of-life expenses; the remaining balance will be placed in a trust for his daughter, Evelyn.
Beginning at 6 p.m. on January 29, a Memorial Darts Tournament and Silent Auction will be held in Dave’s honor at The Alibi & Sport’s Edition in Lewiston.
Thank you to everyone who loved and supported Dave throughout his all-too-short life. He usually chose the path of greatest resistance, feared nothing, and met any challenge head-on. Through the ups and downs, Drew, Matt, Jason and Tony, Andy, TJ, Jake and Jerrod, and all the other friends he loved dearly, David’s family will continue to love you as much as they will continue to miss David .
Fulkerson Stevenson Funeral Home in Watford City, ND is helping the family. Condolences may be left on the funeral home’s website at fulkersons.com.