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Obituary for Donald John Oatway

Donald John (“Don”) Oatway, a beloved husband, father and grandfather passed away peacefully at AgeCare SkyPointe in Calgary on Wednesday, January 10, 2024, at the age of 84.

Don is survived and will be forever missed by Barbara, his loving wife of 58 years; his daughters, Nola Smith of Morinville AB, Brenda (Darren) Walker of Calgary AB; grandsons Evan Walker of Brandon MB and Reed Walker of Oakville ON. He is also survived by his brother, Gerry (Rose) Oatway of Cochrane AB; sister-in-law, Eileen Lee of Ponoka AB; brother-in-law, Matt Bojanowski of Grimshaw AB; as well as many much-loved nieces and nephews.

Don is predeceased by his parents, Norton and Berna Oatway; his brother, Grant Oatway; and son-in-law, Brian Smith.
Don was born in Wilkie, Saskatchewan, the oldest of 3 boys to Norton and Berna Oatway. He moved to the family farm near Clive, AB with his parents at the age of 7.

He had an amazing 30-year career with the Alberta Wheat Pool starting in 1964 in Ponoka, and took his family to Kingman, Thorsby, Grande Prairie, and finally to Calgary where he retired in 1995.

Don remained very active following his retirement, helping on Griffith Farms for 15 years with his favourite pastime, farming. He also volunteered with the Calgary Stampede and Exhibition for over 30 years, and was active volunteering in several community organizations.

He and Barb enjoyed over 50 years of RVing, including spending 16 winters in Arizona and 2 winters in Texas, as well as travelling most of Alberta, every province in Canada, and 29 states of the USA. They also took 2 cruises, an Eastern Mediterranean cruise and a Baltic Sea cruise with their family to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary. Other travels have taken them to Fiji, Australia, New Zealand, Hawaii, Mexico, England and Poland.

In lieu of flowers and in memory of Don, donations may be made to the Foothills Lutheran Church (3104-34 Avenue NW, Calgary AB T2L 2A3) or your local Food Bank. No service by request.

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