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James Knapp

James Knapp

Nov. 11, 1931-Nov. 4, 2008

James F. Knapp, M.D., 76, of Detroit Lakes, died Tuesday, November 4, 2008 at Emmanuel Nursing Home in Detroit Lakes.

James Frederic Knapp was born to Wesley H. and Vina (Fredericksen) Knapp on Nov. 11, 1931 in Tyler, MN. He was raised and educated in Tyler where he graduated from high school in 1951. He was a 1956 cum laude graduate of Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minn., and a 1960 graduate of the University Of Minnesota School Of Medicine in Minneapolis.

James married Joann Gould in June 1957 in Roseville, Minn. He served his internship at Highland Alameda County Hospital in Oakland, Calif., 1960-61. In 1961, the couple moved to Detroit Lakes, where James joined the Detroit Lakes Clinic (now Innovis Health). He served on the staff of St. Mary's Hospital in Detroit Lakes and Dakota Hospital in Fargo.

During his career, in addition to his medical practice, he was the satellite medical director and HMO director for Dakota Clinic, Detroit Lakes; medical director for Dakota Clinic in Fargo (1988-93); served on the St. Mary's Hospital Board of Directors, and was the executive director of the Dakota Clinic Health Plan (1994-95); was a certified member of the American Board of Family Practice and a charter member of the American Board of Geriatric Medicine.

James was also a member of the Minnesota Medical Association, serving as chairman of the board (1979-82) and president (1986-87); Heart Of Lakes Chapter, Family Practice (serving as president in 1969); the American Medical Association; served on the Board of Directors of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota (1986-94; served on the Minnesota Board of Medical Practice; and the Dakota-Heartland Board Of Directors.

Dr. Knapp's community service included the Becker County Republican Party; Minnesota 7th District Republican Committee; the Fargo/Moorhead Advisory Committee for Public Radio; the Congregational Church of Detroit Lakes, where he was a past Board Of Trustees chairman; the Lake Detroiters Association, where he was president (1971-79); Toastmasters, where he was president (1965-66); the Detroit Lakes United Way and American Foreign Students where he was a past co-chairman.

Surviving James are his wife, Joann Knapp of Detroit Lakes; children, Leigh (Mark) Ota of Seattle, Wash., Pam (Willie) Black of Indianapolis, Ind., Sara (Mark) Sneed of Washburn, Wis., and Chris (Holly) Knapp of Everett, Wash.; seven grandchildren; a brother, Wayne (Carley) Knapp of Federal Way, Wash.; and a sister-in-law, Viola Knapp of Anoka, Minn. Preceding him in death were his parents and a brother, Lee.

Private family services will be held. The David-Donehower Funeral Home in Detroit Lakes is assisting the family with arrangements.