Brian Sorum

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Posted: Friday, December 14, 2018 6:00 am

Brian Donald Merle Sorum, 36, passed away Dec. 6, 2018 at Oakes, N.D. Brian was born Aug. 24, 1982 to Bradley and Jode (Bjorklund) Sorum in Hillsboro, N.D.

Brian graduated from Hillsboro High School in 2001, where he excelled in wrestling. He received his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Jamestown College in 2005.  He completed Peace Officers Training at Devils Lake, N.D.

On June 18, 2005, he married Amber Mitzel at Hillsboro. Two sons were born to this union, Jackson Bradley and Weston James. In 2006 Brian began employment as a deputy with the Dickey County Sheriff’s Department. In 2007 they moved to Oakes, N.D. Brian enjoyed his career with the sheriff’s department and continued working there until his death.

Brian had a passion for all types of hunting and fishing; from paddle fishing by Williston, N.D. to big game hunting in Wyoming. He was also very skilled at doing so, as evidenced by some of the prize mounts in his game room. Brian was known as the “duckmaster.” He also enjoyed almost all sports, grilling the best steak ever and being with friends and family. His greatest love, however, was his family. He took great pride in his sons and in watching their progress and achievements, especially in sports. One of his proudest moments was when their boys won state wrestling.

Brian had a big heart and would help anyone. He was known for being fair, just and objective in all dealings. He considered it an honor to be of service to his fellow man.

He is survived by his wife of 13 years, Amber; sons, Jackson and Weston; parents, Brad and Jode Sorum, Hillsboro; brother, Blake (Sarah Ashmore) Sorum, Hillsboro; grandparents, Don and Corky Bjorklund, Hillsboro and Merle Sorum, Fargo; father and mother-in-law, Art and Roxanne Mitzel, Jamestown; brother & sisters-in-law, Jennifer (Kevin) Sortland, Jamestown, Casey (Candy) Mitzel, Tigard, Ore. and Heather (Brent Buchholz) Mitzel, Oakes; nieces and nephews, Lola & Boden Sorum, Haley, Brady & Adam Sortland, Kynzey & Konner Mitzel and Grace Mitzel each of whom was very special to him. He is also survived by aunts and uncles; godmother Stacy Ernst; his Brothers in Blue and many friends. Brian was preceded in death by his grandmother, Betty Sorum, and great-grandparents, Arnold & Myrtle Wilson, Ansgar & Clara Bjorklund, Harry & Edith Sorum, William Talmo and Kathryn Floyd.

A gathering of family and friends will be held on Friday evening, Dec. 14, 2018 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. followed by a prayer service at 7 p.m. at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, Oakes, N.D. 

His funeral will be Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018 at 11 a.m. at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church with Reverend Austin English officiating. Memories may be shared and viewed by visiting

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