Don Knoerr

Don Knoerr

city slicker


BC farmer


Don Knoerr passed away November 30, 2014 in Smithers, BC after a short fight with lung cancer. Don will be greatly missed by his wife of 63 years Marian, his children Sarah, Susan, Jill and Jamie, his grandchildren, Lane, Lars, Danielle and Jessie and his great granddaughter Therin. Don and Marian came to Smithers in 1951 from Wisconsin to start a new life farming in the Kitsequecla Valley building their beef business from the raw land. Don was able to fix and build anything learning by doing, reading books and from others. Don also worked in the forestry industry for many years as a faller and sawyer. Don loved politics and started early discussing world peace with high school friends. Through his farming he found a vocation in agricultural associations including Bulkley Valley Cattleman’s, the Agriculture Land Commission, and the BC and Canadian Federations of Agriculture. Don also participated on the Canadian team negotiating international agriculture trade agreements for over 10 years. When not working Don loved to play games with his family, have coffee and chat about world events. A special thanks to Dr. Scholz and all of the staff at the hospital for taking care of our dad.

A celebration of life will be held on Saturday December 6, 2014 location and time to be confirmed. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Salvation Army or the Canadian Cancer Society.

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R.A. Schrader Funeral Services


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