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Donald Patrick Frizzell

October 1, 1939 ~ June 25, 2017

Donald Patrick Frizzell

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.

Comments (10)
  • 29 June 2017

    Don was truly a great person. Well thought of by all that new him.
    Our thoughts and best wishes to his family.

  • 1 July 2017

    Muriel, I am so very very sorry to hear about Don. He was known by many and loved by all who knew him. And who knows, maybe Bernie and Don are sitting together, having a coffee and still solving all the world’s problems! I am so glad you have your wonderful family to carry on with. Please do pass on my condolences and best wishes to Cindy and Jerry for myself and my kids. And remember to take good care of yourself. Caroline, Trevor and Leah Bell, Prince George, B.C.

  • 1 July 2017

    We are so very sorry to hear of Don’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Muriel and the entire Frizzell family.

    Having worked alongside Don at White Pass, Petroleum Division and at the Esso Bulk Plant, I came to admire the wide range of knowledge and skills he possessed. He touched many lives and will certainly be missed.

    Carter & Linda Kelly

  • 2 July 2017

    I am honoured to have our paths cross Rest In Peace Don

  • 2 July 2017

    My condolences Sandra and Ralph and to the boys. My prayers are with you all at this time.

  • 3 July 2017

    My dear, dear friend, you are greatly missed. Thank you for everything you have done for myself, daughters and late husband. Sincerest condolences to Muriel and family.

  • 3 July 2017

    Sandra and family, my condolences on your loss. Your Dad definately led a busy and varied life and I know he enjoyed his family time. Take all the hugs that are offered as they are full of love and strength. You and your family are in my thoughts.

  • 3 July 2017

    Thoughts and prayers are with u Muriel and the family

  • 4 July 2017

    He lived a full and interesting life. My thoughts are with you and yours.
    Donna Evans

  • 5 July 2017

    Our sincere condolences to Muriel and family, in the loss of one of the most sincere and humble persons one could ever meet. Although Don, whom we have known for many years, may have left us the memories of, and the positive footprints he has left on our lives and on all who knew him will last forever.

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