November 12, 2014

Cavin Andersen

Funeral services for Cavin Andersen, 64, of Watford City, N.D., will be at 2 p.m. CST, Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014, at the First Presbyterian Church in Watford City, N.D., with Pastor Adrian Timmons officiating. A private interment will be held in the Schafer Cemetery prior to the services.
Cavin E. Andersen was born April 26, 1950, to Earl and Lorraine (Olson) Andersen. He was raised in Watford City, N.D. As a growing child, he never stopped moving according to his mother. Jumping, leaping, running and throwing were his focus. Anything with the word ‘ball’ attached to it caught his eye. At a young age, he learned the game of baseball, which he played through high school. During his early school days, he picked up ‘the basketball.’  Football, cross country and track and field were activities he pursued, but only as they fit around his game of basketball. Memories of Boy Scout trips and church youth group activities always presented numerous ‘good stories’. The opportunity to enjoy his Buffalo cousins on the farm was important to Cavin. He always amazed the family of his recollections of the ‘happenings’ at the family farm in Cooperstown with the many Olson cousins and family.  
Cavin enjoyed what the Watford City area had to offer. Hiking the badland trails and hunting with his dad and family friends were enjoyed.  When Herb’s Boating Center inventoried their first Hondas, Cavin was there. The day he turned 16, that first motorcycle was purchased…..a 160 Honda cc. He never stopped enjoying the open road. Vern’s ‘rec center’ brought the game of pool, which was hotly pursued by Cavin and many other teenagers.  
Cavin graduated from high school in 1968.  His next move was Valley City State where he ran cross country, high jumped in track and pursued his basketball career. The Viking team won two Conference Championships.  He was humbled when, later, inducted into the inaugural Viking Hall of Fame. Cavin was a two-time All-American in basketball and attended the nationals in the high jump. He was drafted in 1972 by the Chicago Bulls (NBA) and Indiana Pacers (ABA). He later had an opportunity with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Cavin’s basketball success was fully realized in North Dakota amateur basketball.  The Class A-KFYR and then Class B-Watford City teams achieved success with numerous state championships. Cavin was recognized with frequent MVP state tournament awards. The honor of receiving an induction into the North Dakota Amateur Basketball Hall of Fame was very meaningful to Cavin. Cavin worked in Bismarck, and later, in Watford City for many years. The great game of basketball was always his second breath.
Cavin died on Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014, at his home in Watford City, N.D.
Cavin is survived by his sister, Candace (Michael) Cox, along with aunts and many cousins. Cavin is preceded in death by his parents, Earl and Lorraine Andersen.  
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