Darwin Frauendienst was born in New Auburn, Minnesota. He graduated from the Brownton High School in 1957, and joined the National Guard in 1955 and served for 6 years. Darwin worked at Fingerhut Manufacturing for 14 years, and then farmed. He is a lay Pastor for St. Matthews Lutheran Church in Penn Township and Good Samaritan Nursing Home in Winthrop, Minnesota. He began working for Hantge Funeral Chapels in 1996. He enjoys working with his Quarter and Arabian horses and watching the Minnesota sports teams on television.