Donald Patrick FrizzellOctober 1, 1939 ~ June 25, 2017
Don was born in Grande Prairie, Alberta, the eldest of two sons of Harold & Mary Frizzell. He grew up in Dawson Creek where he met and married his wife, Muriel Monk.
He began his love of trucking as a youth helping his father who was a mechanic. During his high school years, he swept floors at Northern Freightways. He was called on to do just about everything connected with a trucking company and eventually became the office manager.
In 1963 he and a colleague from Freightways purchased a small moving and storage company in Vernon, B.C. During his years in Vernon, he acquired his pilot’s licence and enjoyed many years buying, selling and flying airplanes. He sold his share of this successful moving business and moved his family to Williams Lake where he had logging trucks and hauled heavy equipment.
Always interested in learning new skills, Don took the position of the freight terminal manager for White Pass & Yukon Route and moved his family north in 1980. He transferred with WPYR to Dawson City to be the fuel plant manager where he enjoyed working with his clients. Being drawn by the history and mystery of placer mining, he and his family then spent many enjoyable summers at their placer mine on Mt Nansen.
Returning to Whitehorse in 1986, he and a partner took over the Esso Bulk Station later known as Frizzell Petroleum. He was a board member of the Yukon Workers Compensation for a number of years, bought and operated Willow Printers, and then was contracted to open the Mackenzie Petroleum agency in Whitehorse.
Don led an active Masonic Life which began in Vernon and progressed to Whitehorse, Dawson City and Alaska. He recently received his 50 year jewel and certificate. He also was a member of the Yukon Order of Pioneers.
Don is survived by his wife Muriel of 57 years, 3 daughters, Cindy (Jerry), Sandra (Ralph) & Lorelea (Ssasi), grandsons Jeffry, Matthew, Chase, Conrad, Stephen & Souleymane as well as 6 great grandchildren. Predeceased by his mother, father and brother Doug.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Gizeh Shriners of B.C. & Yukon, 1501 Dogwood St., Whitehorse, Yukon Y1A 3Z9. Charitable receipt provided for $20.00 or more.
A Masonic funeral will take place on July 6, 2017 at 2:00 P.M. at Mt. McIntre Recreation Centre. A Private interment at Grey Mountain Cemetery at a later date.