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David Flom, age 85, of Midland, South Dakota, died on Saturday, December 4, 2021 at his home north of Midland.
David LeRoy Flom was born on February 24, 1936 and would become the middle child in a family of eleven children belonging to Claude and Margaret Flom. He grew up on the family farm north of Midland, attending a country school and then Midland High School. Memories included milking cows, putting up ice in the winter, his mother’s homemade bread raising on the old wood stove, his dad’s love of reading and photographic memory.
David completed one year at Alamosa College, before returning home to help on the farm, which he later purchased from his father. At the age of 25, he met and married Paula Joan Singleton. They had three children, Anita, Janet and Daniel, before her death.
In 1973 David and Lois Stotts Jensen were married, and added four children to the family: Clint, Rick, Shelly, and Carmen, and then their son, Derek.
Wherever David lived he was an active part of his community, always maintaining and working on the farm as it required. He was a volunteer fireman, EMT, Boy Scout leader, Master Mason, served on the Board of Trinity Lutheran Church, was on the Board of the Co-op Elevator and had six active teens in the four years of high school. During these years David worked for the Bureau of Land Management as a Conservation Officer, living in Eagle Butte. Then, after moving the family full time to the farm, David was the Shop Teacher at Midland High School for two years.
In 1986, David and Beth Nelson Buls were married, adding four more children to this family, for a total of 12. During the next thirty plus years, carpentry and building were a large part of David’s life, in addition to farming, of course. He built, remodeled and improved homes and commercial sites from Colorado to Florida, and taught Beth how to use a variety of power tools. His grandson, Josh, also worked with him in the construction business.
David’s hobbies included hunting, fishing, camping and photography. He and Beth liked to travel and explore with trips to the Caribbean, Ireland, through the Panama Canal and in 45 of the 50 United States.
Family, Farm and Faith were the core of David’s beliefs. He was a member of Midland Open Bible Church and had served on their Board. His family currently includes 12 children, 33 grandchildren, and 25 great-grandchildren. The memories are like the stars.
Survivors include his wife Beth; children Anita (Jim) Larsen of Hot Springs, Janet (Calvin) Gourneau of Pierre, Daniel (HaeYoung) Flom of Box Elder, Derek Flom of Rapid City, Clint (Brenda) Jensen of Midland, Rick (Ana) Jensen of Pierre, Rochelle (Norman) Schuler of Eagle Butte, Becky (Ryan) Richmond of Lakeland, Florida, Bobby (Dick Corzine) Buls of Philip, Ben (Sara) Buls of Philip, and Brad (Liz) Buls of Omaha; 33 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren; four brothers Clifford (Thi Le) Flom of San Antonio, Texas, Edward (Dixie) Flom of Stillwater, Minnesota, Claude (Willy) Flom of Loveland, Colorado, and Maynard Flom of Rapid City; two sisters Marian Ernst of Watertown, and Anna Easley of Arvada, Colorado; a brother-in-law Bill Standiford of Loveland; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Dave was preceded in death by a daughter Carmen Jensen; a grandson Jared Jensen; three sisters Ruth Owenby, Donna Mahutga, and Margaret “Peggy” Standiford; and one brother Leonard Flom.
David will lie in state at his home beginning on Tuesday until service time.
Funeral services will be held 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, December 9, at the Open Bible Church in Midland, with Pastor Randy Brock officiating.
Interment will be at the Midland Cemetery.
Arrangements are with Rush Funeral Home of Philip.