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Thomas Mark Granum

August 12, 2019 | 8 comments

Thomas “Tom” Granum, of La Crosse, passed away peacefully on August 11, 2019 at the Valley View Healthcare and Rehab Center in Houston, MN after a lengthy battle with cancer.  He was born August 21, 1951 to the late Clarence and Helen Granum, and is survived by his brother James of Fountain City Wisconsin, and his sister, Ruth Stroebel and her husband Gary of Rochester, Minnesota, their daughters Rebecca and Sarah, and their families.

Tom grew up in Spring Valley, Minnesota where he graduated from high school in 1969.  He attended Austin Community College for two years and graduated from Mankato State University with a degree in mathematics in 1973.  He spent his entire working career as a land surveyor and was licensed in Minnesota, Colorado, and Wisconsin.  He worked for firms in Rochester and Plymouth, Minnesota, Leesburg, Florida, Denver, Colorado, and most recently at Davy Engineering in La Crosse, from where he retired in 2016.

Tom enjoyed working and playing in the outdoors, and loved spending time in his cabin in the woods in Fillmore County.  He especially looked forward to hunting for morel mushrooms every Spring.  He enjoyed golfing and skiing and was a Twins and Vikings fan.  He was a supporter of Native American causes, and a big fan and supporter of Wisconsin Public TV.

The family would like to offer heartfelt thanks to the staff at Gundersen Lutheran Clinic and Hospital, the volunteer drivers from the American Cancer Society, and the staff at Valley View Healthcare and Rehab Center for the care and help for Tom over the last several years.
A private celebration of Tom’s life will be held at a later date.



  1. Tom Davy

    Sorry to hear of Tom’s passing. We worked together for many years. We both got the same cancer around the same time. Mind was caught early enough so I’m still around. Wish his family all the best, he will be missed.

  2. Victor Ronken

    So sad that Tom has left this world. He was one of my dear friends during our years growing up in Spring Valley. I have many fond memories of him that will stay with me forever.

    My deepest sympathy and condolences to Tom’s family.

  3. Stefani Haar

    I was so sorry to hear of Tom’s passing. I used to help Tom with his rides. He was always so gracious and king. I hope you all find comfort in your good memories together.

  4. Jim & Charlotte Ryan

    We had a nice visit with Tom a few weeksago and were impressed with how he was dealing with his situation. We have been so fortunate to have Tom in our life for so many years. We will continue to keep him in our prayers.

  5. Sandy (Brandt) Bauer

    Sympathies to you. The Granums lived next door to us on Washington Ave in
    Spring Valley. Tom and I often talked about the future when we were growing up. We even imaged what the house we would build on the empty lot across from us would look like.

  6. Andy Luttchens

    Sorry to hear of Tom’s passing. Tom and I worked together at Davy Engineering and he was always a joy to be around and will be missed.

  7. Mark Reps

    The little drummer boy will be missed from childhood friendships we all shared in SV. Godspeed Tom. May your journey continue.

  8. Michael Simpson

    Granny was my buddy in High School. I lived with him for a quarter while attending Mankato State. He was very intelligent/witty. I morn his passing and wish we had not lost contact with each other! He was a good man and knew how to have a good time! Rest in peace!!!!!!!!!!!

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