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John Bakken Froom

September 17, 1965November 11, 2020

John Bakken Froom age 55, of Minneapolis, MN passed away unexpectedly on November 11, 2020.

John was born on September 17, 1965 to Harold and Betty Froom in Duluth, MN. He was a graduate of St Louis Park High School, class of 1983 and earned his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin, River Falls in 1988. He applied his education, strong social skills and his love for sports working in sales at the Minnesota Timberwolves, Minnesota Vikings, Minnesota Zoo and Rollerblade, Inc. He was an avid reader and had a collection of history, travel and sports books and made it a daily routine to read the newspaper. He was a long-time coach and former board member of the Crystal Little League organization.

John will lovingly and forever be remembered by family and friends as a loving and proud father, and a fun-loving friend who had a great sense of humor, loved to dance and had a huge heart.

John was a passionate sports historian and fan and was a proud and loyal lifetime Minnesota Twins fan. He used his passion and extensive knowledge of baseball to coach his son’s baseball teams for many years. When he wasn’t coaching, he could be found in the announcer’s booth playing music to get the players pumped up for the game and sharing his knowledge of the players, sports trivia and love of the sport with the fans. He was the “Voice of the Orioles” as a volunteer sports announcer and color commentator for Park TV 16 for eight years for the St Louis Park Orioles football, hockey, and baseball games and was recognized for his many contributions to the sports community in 2014.

He was a talented writer and authored many Sun Post and St Louis Park Patch articles featuring local athletes and teams on their accomplishments. He also had a unique talent of knowing how to easily navigate the college recruiting and scouting process and was the big reason both of his son’s achieved their dream of playing baseball at the college level and earned scholarships.

A few of John’s proudest moments in life were having his sons be the 3rd generation to attend and graduate from St. Louis Park High School, watching his son’s play baseball at the college level and testifying in support of the Ballpark Bill that was approved by the MN Legislature in 2006 to build Target Field, the home of the MN Twins.

John will fondly be remembered for his gentle compassion and kindness towards others, he always saw the good in people. Despite his God given talent of bringing joy and happiness to others, deep inside, he was suffering in darkness, privately battling a deep inexplicable pain. He succumbed to the silent illness of depression and took his own life. We know that he is finally without pain and is now at peace in heaven.

John is survived by sons, Ryan and Kyle, the mother of his children, Nancy Froom, his Uncle Jim & Aunt Sharon Froom, his Aunt Joann Bakken, and many cousins and friends.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Betty (Bakken) Froom and father, Harold Froom, his maternal and paternal grandparents and several Aunts, Uncles and cousins on the Froom and Bakken side of the family

A memorial service will be held on Friday, November 27, 2020 at 2:00 pm, with visitation one hour prior at Kapala-Glodek-Malone Funeral Home, located at 7800 Bass Lake Rd, New Hope MN 55428. A private interment will take place at a later date.

The service will be on Livestream starting at 2:00 pm to our Kapala-Glodek-Malone Facebook page at the following link : https://www.facebook.com/Kapala-Glodek-Malone-Funeral-Home-110457957276640 This video of the service will still be available on our page after the livestream has ended for those who have missed the service.

The family suggests donations be made in John’s memory directly to NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness or NIMH, the National Institute of Mental Health.

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  • John is survived by sons, Ryan and Kyle, the mother of his children, Nancy Froom, his Uncle Jim & Aunt Sharon Froom, his Aunt Joann Bakken, and many cousins and friends.
    He was preceded in death by his mother, Betty (Bakken) Froom and father, Harold Froom, his maternal and paternal grandparents and several Aunts, Uncles and cousins on the Froom and Bakken side of the family

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Tom and LuAnn Hinton

November 27, 2020

Our deepest sympathy Nancy, Ryan, and Kyle. John was always smiling and cheerful whenever we visited during holidays and family gatherings. He was so passionate about sports and he loved his family so deeply. He will truly be missed by so many. We will miss him...prayers to all his family and friends.

Charles Hinton

November 27, 2020

John and I were best buddies when were kids, he was my cousin but more like a brother. He always loved sports. He knew all the players statistics of all the teams, I knew he would somehow be involved in sports his whole life. I am grateful we got back in touch the last few years. He grew to be a such decent and giving person. He loved he boys more then they can imagine. Love you John, will miss you always buddy!

Katie Firman

November 27, 2020

I'm so sorry Kyle and Ryan for losing your dad. I remember many memories of him at family holidays at your grand parents house. He came up to see me at college when he was working with the Timberwolves trying to get my friends to see them at an event. He was always so kind and friendly and outgoing. I'm sorry I can' make it to the service, but am sending prayers and thoughts to you.

Dan Hinton

November 27, 2020

Cousin John was such a great person. I remember many times together when our families would get together for holidays and family visits to each other's houses when we were growing up. For many years, thanksgivings dinners were spent at John's families house and my brothers and sister had so much fun playing together before we ate dinner. I will never forget those times !

I always hoped that my life would became more simple and that we would again share more times together.

I will not be to attend today due to a recent full knee replacement but will watch online live. John, I will miss your super fun spirit !!!

Anne Orvedahl

November 27, 2020

Johnny and I did a lot of things together the couple years before he left to follow Bernie out east. He would pick me up numerous times and we would go out to eat. He was wonderful company, very funny and friendly to everyone we would come in contact with. We also went to the State Fair together, which he absolutely loved!! He loved the music, the food , everything! I guess he went every year he adored it so much. He also took me to a Gopher's game where his son was doing numbers(?). It was so nice for me to meet his son Ryan. Kyle and Ryan also came to my daughter's wedding. It was so nice to see them all grown up. Johnny loved his kids so much!!!! He talked about them all the time and was so proud of their accomplishments in college and baseball. We also drove around and looked at Christmas lights one year. He was reminiscing about when his kids were little and they would do that every year and how much fun they had. He thought a lot about his kids. One night after dinner at Bucca we went shoe shopping at DSW and he found a pair of white shoes that matched his white suit and he was over the moon! He wore that suit to my niece Maddi's wedding. He danced and danced and danced some more! He was a very energetic dancer and had quite the moves. He grabbed my hand at one point and twirled me around and around. I had so much fun!! He went with me to a couple mental health type meetings and he was very engaged. He was so much fun to be with. We also went to the cemetery where so many of our relatives are buried, including his parents. He missed his folks very much and our other relatives. He would go their often. He came by to visit me often but couldn't stay long because he was allergic to my cats. He loved to go to comedy shows and movies. I grew to love Johnny and appreciate his pain his laughter and his loneliness. I am going to miss him very much!

Brett Duke

November 27, 2020

John was a wonderful friend since our early teens, and few people could make me laugh and smile about the most mundane things the way he could. I can't help but think about times spent playing and attending sports, playing video baseball, and weekends at his uncle's cabin/a friend's cabin/ my grandma's place just hanging out and laughing! His firm handshakes, hugs, smile and laughter were remarkable, and will never be forgotten. I will miss you Johnny, as will so many others.

Jim Froom

November 27, 2020

John's beautifully written obituary captures the essence of the John I knew-his talents, his generosity, and his struggles. I will miss him.
Uncle Jim Froom

Jack Richman

November 24, 2020

Thanks, John, for sharing your beautiful personality. Rest in peace.

Bente Nesheim Johansen

November 24, 2020

I am soo sorry to heat that our 3 cusin has deside too live us. I am Martha Nes (Hustveit) grandchild and we (Mother Bertha, dad Sverre and my brother Leif Ingvald) was visiting Betty and Harald in 1996.
I send from my heart, all my loving to all of you. 💖💖💖🙏
Bente💖

Marcia Oleisky

November 23, 2020

Our deepest sympathies to all of you. We have known John since Little League days when he and my son were on the same team. We sat with your Grandma and Grandpa at many, many games.
I saw John within the last year and we were so glad to see each other. He was so nice to us.

John had so many friends that will miss him so much. Our thoughts are with you.
Marcia and Allen Oleisky

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