David Alm was like many of the kids growing up in Forest Lake in the 1960s. His youth was spent during a time when kids could be kids and the pace of life here was not so frantic.
Alm, who died from cancer on May 11, went on to lead a productive adult life that included two stints with the United States Marine Corps and community service in North Branch where he lived as an adult. He was 51.
“It was like one big family,” said David’s cousin, Brian Alm who was eight months his junior. The two Alm families grew up right across the street from each other on 232nd St. N. and the kids were constant companions. Brian’s sister, Robin, and David’s brother, Danny, were pals from early on.
“There was the whole neighborhood,” Brian Alm said. “As kids, we’d bike up to the beach. We’d snowmobile on what was the Alm farm.
The cousins were lifelong pals. When David married Kathy Hoffman in 1990, the nuptials were at Brian’s home.
The two were a year apart in high school — David graduating in 1978 and Brian in 1979.
Four years after high school, Alm enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1982, serving four years. He reenlisted in the Marines during the first Gulf War.
In civilian life, he was an avid soccer player, coach and fan.
He was active in the North Branch community program and coached at the high school level in both North Branch and Roseville, serving as head coach for the latter high school.
David John Alm was born June 26, 1960, the son of Karen (Norum) and Lyle Alm. He was born and raised in Forest Lake .
He entered the US Marine Corp in 1982 and reenlisted in the USMC Reserves in 1990 and served in Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm. He became a lifetime member of the North Branch VFW.
On June 23, 1990, he married Kathleen Hoffman and made their home in North Branch. He was the father of Abigail Alm.
Alm was employed by CVRx in Brooklyn Center, and previously worked for MVP in Wyoming and Master Bread in Roseville.
Alm was active in sports, working with North Branch soccer. He served as a NBAYSA Board Member, NBAYSA team coach and lead soccer clinics; assistant coach for North Branch High School soccer, assistant and later head coach at Roseville High School soccer and was his daughter’s biggest soccer fan.
He is survived by his wife of 21 years, Kathleen; daughter, Abigail; parents, Lyle and Karen Alm; brother, Daniel Alm; mother-in-law, Barbara Hoffman; special cousin, Brian Alm; aunts; uncles; cousins and many friends.
He was is preceded in death by his grandparents and his father-in-law, Kenneth Hoffman.
A funeral service was Wednesday, May 16th at Hosanna Lutheran Church, Forest Lake.
Interment with military honors was at Fort Snelling National Cemetery.