DAVID ROBERT MITCHELL

Dec 04 1927 – Dec 04 2015

Dave was born in Fernie BC, and grew up on a farm in the Doe River area. A prankster from birth, riding his horse into the school (when it was his turn to light the wood heater) did not go unnoticed, throwing a chicken under the blankets of his sister and her husband’s bed (she never forgave him for that) and in the Yukon he had a reputation for stopping in at friends for bacon and eggs in the wee hours of the morning. All the shouting and commotion led to a lot of laughing and good fun.  

Dave found work on bridge crews during the early days of the Alaska Highway construction. In 1946 he married Lois Anderson in Dawson Creek. They moved to the Yukon in 1951 with Bob, Gerald and Donna in tow. Dave tried a few jobs, but settled into a career as a firefighter for DPW. When Dianne and Caren came along it was time for a bigger house. Dave loved the Yukon, the freedom, open space, endless light in the summer. He and the family made many trips hunting, camping, sledding – always eager to check out a new trail to see where it would lead.

Dave and Lois transferred to Fort Nelson in 1972. Retiring early at 54 years, Dave felt it was now time to do what he wanted. So they spent the next several years travelling and working throughout the Yukon and Northern BC, Dave trapping, gold mining and truck driving. They wintered in Arizona before retiring for good in Lumby in 1990. Dave got a kick out of everyone’s kids and their growing pains. He will be remembered by everyone as being quite a character, he will be greatly missed.

There will be an informal Celebration of Life, at the Lumby Senior’s Center on Saturday, December 12,  2 – 4pm.

In lieu of flowers, donations are asked to be made in Dave’s memory to the Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation, 2101 32 Street, Vernon, BC V1T 9Z9.


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