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Dr. Jim Frisk

September 27, 1940 — March 14, 2021

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Dr. James L. Frisk, 80, of Fargo, ND, died Sunday, March 14, 2021, surrounded by his loving family, under the care of Ethos Hospice at his home in Fargo.

Jim, the only child of Malcom and Myrtle (Olson) Frisk, was born in Fargo, on September 27, 1940. Jim graduated from Oak Grove Lutheran High School in 1958. He served his country in the US Air Force, and the Air Force Reserve. On September 1, 1961, he was united in marriage with Julie Shirley, at First Lutheran Church, Fargo.

Jim loved helping people and became interested in medicine. He obtained his undergraduate degree from Moorhead State University. He later applied to the University of North Dakota. He was granted an interview for Medical School at UND and drove up to Grand Forks in a blizzard in his old Ford. The interviewers were ready to close the doors as no one was able to attend the interview due to the storm; then Jim walked in. The interviewers stated, "Anyone that determined to drive from Fargo for an interview during a blizzard, was determined enough to become a doctor." He received his medical degree from the University of North Dakota and then his Medical Doctorate from Ohio State University in 1969. He completed his residency at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee.
In 1975, Jim moved his family back to Fargo where he started practicing at the Fargo Clinic as an ear, nose, and throat specialist and a head and neck surgeon. He started in private practice in 1988 and continued his outreach in Carrington, ND. Jim loved caring for people and practiced medicine for over 45 years. He was well known for his kindness, compassion, integrity, and skills as a surgeon. It was not uncommon for him to see patients from early morning until late into the evening. He was also known to make the occasional house call.

Jim loved to fly airplanes, downhill ski, ride motorcycles, work on classic cars, and spend time in Montana and Arizona with his wife and family. Jim was active in his church, gave thanks to God, and was always a servant of the Lord. Above all, Jim loved his wife, Julie of 59 years. They had known each other since grade school. Together they enjoyed traveling, bargain shopping, dining, and spending time with their children and grandchildren. Jim was a true mentor and role model for his family.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents, Myrtle and Malcolm Frisk; and his mother and father-in-law, Helen and Al Shirley. He is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Julie, Fargo; a daughter, Laurie Corliss, West Fargo, ND; sons, Daniel (Jennifer) Frisk, West Fargo, and Matthew (Cari) Frisk, Fargo; and eight precious grandchildren, Hannah (Eric) Steuck, Nolan Corliss, and Garret, Evan, Adam, Ella, Tia, and Ford Frisk.
Memorials are preferred to First Lutheran Church, Fargo, Oak Grove Lutheran School, and Ethos Hospice.

A memorial service for Jim will be held on Saturday, March 20, 2021, at 11 AM in First Lutheran Church, Fargo. There will be opportunity to visit with family both prior to and after the service. Usual Covid precautions will be observed.

Jim's memorial service by livestream, please click on the link:

Arrangements by Korsmo Funeral and Cremation Service, Moorhead, MN.

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