Daniel Baustian, 65, died of Pipestone on Tuesday, October 25, 2022 at Avira McKinnan Hospital and UHC in Sioux Falls, North Dakota
Visited Sunday, October 30 from 4-7 p.m. at Hartquist Funeral Home, Pipestone Chapel with 7 p.m. prayers.
Christian burial mass was held on Monday, October 31, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Leo’s Catholic Church in Pepstone with Mgr. Gerald Kose in charge.
The honorary pallbearers were Katie Baustian, Betsy Gorham, Becca Ostrat, Terry Heck, Michael Darling and Peter Bong.
The coffin bearers were Danny Baustian, Tim Baustian, Jeff Baustian, Rick Baustian, John Baustian and Joe Baustian.
The burial was at St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery, Jasper.
Daniel Paul (Bokem) Baustian was born on January 8, 1957, in Sioux Falls, SD, to his father Virgil (Budd) and Josephine (Mitzi) Baustian. Dan joined his parents and two older brothers, Jerry and Jim, on the farm located south of Beaver Creek, Minnesota. After two years at Hardwicke, Dan and the family moved to the farm in Jasper, Minnesota. And it was in Jasper where Dan was educated. Dan love farming and sports. He could do almost any agricultural work on a tractor when he was fourteen or fifteen years old. When Dan was a sophomore, he decided to try his hand at wrestling. He was doing really well in his first year with a 10-3 score. Dan’s life was changed forever on February 3, 1973. A freak wrestling accident broke Dan’s neck and left him paralyzed. Nobody ever gave up, and with a lot of hard work, Dan went back to school to complete his high school education in his wheelchair. Dan graduated in May 1975.
After high school, Dan attended Pipestone Vocational School in the Ag Banking program. After graduating from vocational school, Dan worked for a short time from his parents’ house selling golden corn from O’s. In 1979, Dan decided to embark on a new path in life and moved to Golden Valley, Minnesota, to the Courage Center. It was at the Courage Center where Dan met his new roommate, Teri Hayek, who would become his best friend for life. After the Courage Center, the boys moved into a new accessible space home at 3710 S. Chicago Ave. in Minneapolis. Here the boys lived 40 years. Soon after this move, Dan attended Minneapolis Community College where he studied computer programming. After an internship at Norwest Bank, Dan began working full time as a programmer at Norwest. One of Dan’s team projects was writing the Y2K program for the year 2000. After the merger of Norwest and Wells Fargo, Dan continued to work for Wells Fargo until his death.
During his many years in Minneapolis, Dan lived a full life and made many friends, including the boys in the Chicago house: Terry, Mike Darling, Bob Rogue and Peter Pong. Dan got the nickname “Bokem” in a house in Chicago. It started in 1982 when the boys had a Halloween party. When Dan walked into the room, everyone said, “Who are you?” Dan was wearing a Hawaiian shirt with spoiled hair and said, “I’m Bokem Dano from Hawaii 5-0,” and the nickname stuck.
Dan was active in his local parish, Holy Name Church, where he sang in the choir for many years and made many lifelong friends. Dan was a huge fan of the Minnesota Gopher and had season tickets for the men’s and women’s basketball teams for many years. Dan had many fun nights with his chauffeurs Kevin Scott and Julie Fangsens.
Over the years, Dan took many trips because he loved to travel. Caribbean cruises, trips to Miami to see friends Mike and Dottie, three trips to Hawaii. A big thank you to all the different girls who accompanied Dan on these adventures as his help.
Two years ago in August, Dunn’s family moved him home as his home was closed due to the George Floyd incident across the street. Dan lived with his mother until last February when he moved into his new home in Pipston, Minnesota. Dan and his brother Jim designed all the home modifications that Dan was so proud of. Dan was staying in his new home at the time of his death.
Dan is survived by his mother, Mitzi Baustian, two brothers Jerry (Julie) and Jim (Caroline), three nieces, six nieces, four nieces and four nieces. Dan also left behind many close friends whom he considered his family.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Walter and Francis Baustian, James and Margaret Adams, and Father Virgil Baustian.
(Hartquest Funeral Home,