Donald Oaks

August 22, 1953 ~ January 2, 2024 (age 70) 70 Years Old

Donald Oaks Obituary

It is with profound sadness that we announce the sudden and unexpected death of Donald “Don” Oaks on January 2, 2024. Don’s big, loving, beautiful heart suddenly stopped while at home in Enderby, BC. Don’s passing was immediate which is a comfort to all those that loved him, knowing that he did not suffer and did not feel pain.

Don was born in Vancouver, B.C. on August 22, 1953. He is predeceased by his mother, Pearl May Oaks, father, Douglas Oaks, sister Pearl Barber, brother-in-law Jon Garthwaite and sister-in-law Barbara Oaks. Don leaves behind his loving wife Karen, his twin daughters Shayra (Luke) and Shellina, grandchildren Quinn, Rowen, Watson and Oaklen, sister Marie Garthwaite, brother James Oaks and many nieces and nephews. Don was a successful geological technician and worked at CNRL for most of his career, up until his retirement. He had a way of making a lasting impression on others and made many friends while employed with CNRL. Don had recently retired and relocated from Calgary, AB to Enderby, B.C. to enjoy the milder weather. Living in B.C. allowed him to spend his summers outdoors, touring wineries, camping with friends, exploring nature, and enjoying time with his beloved dogs, Sisi and Sadie. Don's greatest joy in life was being a father. He was proud of his twin daughters Shayra and Shelli. His daughters loved him unconditionally and will deeply miss his teasing and dad jokes. He was a one-of-a-kind Dad and Poppa.

Growing up, Don loved to play sports and was naturally athletic. He played football in high school and loved to ski, but hockey was his passion. This passion was passed down to his daughter Shelli and his grandson Quinn, whom he loved to watch play and coach, emphasizing the importance of a perfect crossover. Don became an avid runner completing many marathons including several of the Honolulu Marathons in Hawaii. He was also an accomplished cyclist who competed in cycling marathons in the USA and Europe. Don loved trying new things and his hobbies grew over the years to include camping, quadding, wine making and gardening. Don loved to work with his hands and although he would grumble at times, he managed to complete many projects around the home which often included several trips to Rona. Don loved all animals, which was obvious through the immense love he felt for his dogs and the care he provided them. Don's personality was larger than life and his sense of humor was unparalleled. His quick wit and the joy he took in teasing others always left people laughing. Don was kind, generous, and was always there to lend a hand or cheer on those he loved. He was a gift to many. He was a husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend. He was proud to be a chocolate chip supervisor, doting grandpa, corny dad, and silly husband. He brought so much to this world and his passing leaves it less bright without his light.  He will be missed by his family in ways that words cannot express. We love you Don, and we will miss your bunny ears.

A celebration of life will be held in Calgary on the May long weekend with details to follow. His friends and family are invited to celebrate his life and share stories of Don. Those wishing to donate on Don’s behalf are encouraged to reach out and support your animal shelter of choice.

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