It is with our deepest heartache that we announce the passing of our family hero. Doug was taken from us unexpectedly on the family farm where he put in all of his life’s work and passion. The hardships and struggles of this occupation molded our dad into the hard working, determined, and incredibly selfless man that he was until his last breath. He passed away peacefully from a heart attack while building a fishing shack to enjoy with his family.
As a young boy growing up near Battleford he was already working like a man; self-sacrificing to support his family and farm. He took over his father’s legacy and dedicated his life to providing for others. Devoutness towards his loved ones and the land has always been an immeasurable part of his vitality with a work ethic second to none.
Doug married the love of his life, Val, in 1980. It didn’t matter what they did together (work or play); they always had the time of their life. Mom and Dad were the epitome of the love and marriage that everyone strives for. Over the past few years, they perfected their dream for future retirement at a lake property to cherish together.
Dad put his all into everything he did not only as a husband, but as a father, friend, and papa. He was unendingly proud of his three grandchildren and loved to spoil them with everything from their own snowmobile and ATV, treats of hot dogs and ice cream, thoughtful gifts, to equipment rides in the field. His heart was filled with love creating amazing vehicles and play structures for the grandkids with his incredible woodworking talents. We’ll always remember his non-traditional bedtime stories that brought a smile to everyone’s face.
The farm reigns were gradually being passed on to his son Dallon as Doug was looking forward to enjoying some of his favorite pastimes. Fishing, ATVing, hunting, trying new smoker recipes, watching Oiler games, and trips to the cabin catering to the grandkids were some of Dad’s favorite times allowing him to relax and enjoy life.
There are no words to sum up Dad’s life and character that do him justice. If you knew him you already know this. A man of few words, but great impact with a love language of helping others. He was always the first to lend a helping hand when someone was in need; expecting nothing in return, and never complained. Dad was inventive in his problem-solving skills, a jack of all trades, and a practical joker. If dad engaged you in his pranks or gave you a nickname, you were loved. The last of which was hiding shrimp in the Christmas tree for the family cat Bob to find.
Doug loved the beauty of nature and everything it had to offer; from crocuses and tiger lilies, to the crops and fruit trees that he grew with love. Reaching an age that he could fish for free without paying for a license was something dad cherished. The family traditions, values, innumerable life lessons, and his sense of humor will live on with us, and carry on his treasured memories with the utmost love and respect. It’s not how he died, but rather, how he lived that is his legacy.
Doug will be deeply missed by his wife, Val; children: Dallon Mann (Amber) - Brynley and Tessa, Teri Parrott (Chris) - Caden; sister, Peg Dunlop and family; brother, Derrick Mann (Verna) and family; mother-in-law, Olga Turuk; brothers-in-law: Wes Turuk (Sheila) and family, Wayne Turuk (Sheila) and family, Wally Turuk and family. He is predeceased by his father, Harvey Mann; mother, Betty Mann; father-in-law, Samuel Turuk; brother-in-law, Arnold Poole; nephew, Brian Dunlop.
Thanks for the wonderful life you provided for your family Dad. To know you is to love you, and we’ll love you forever to the moon and back. Thank you to everyone who played a part in this extraordinary man’s life.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held at a later date. Arrangements are entrusted to Vanessa Macnab of Eternal Memories Funeral Service & Crematorium.