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Daniel Olaf Marken

October 27, 1946 - April 24, 2013


Daniel Marken was born in October 1946, in Camrose, Alberta, to Edwin and Adelaide.  He had two older brothers, John (RoseMarie) and Ron (Patricia).  In 1946, WWII was over – but no one told Dan.  His parents gave him “Olaf” as a middle name, to remind him of his Norwegian heritage.  But Dan was more Viking than Lutheran homesteader.  Dan was uncompromising but visionary, reclusive but loving, stubborn but courageous, infuriating but funny, rugged but gentle, and a genius.  Obstacles invigorated him.  Regulations were always a challenge.  Authority and authorities had to earn his respect.  Dan was not a pleaser. 

His grandchildren, however, adored him.  He pleased them mightily:  Jack, Charlie, Ben, Damon, Ebin, Zoe, Aidan, Bradley, Liam, and Shane.  Dan’s grand love further embraced his grand-nieces and nephews Zak, Jake, Max, Haakon, Astri, Erik, Leif, Luke, Anna, and Bennu.


If machines and technology have souls, Dan understood them perfectly.   He taught industrial instrumentation at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, he worked as a private technology consultant, he devised inventions ahead of their time,  he graced the acres near Winlaw with buildings, art, and a home.  If your car or computer ever stalled, they relaxed and purred again as soon as Dan came close.


On Wednesday, April 24th, in Nelson, B.C., though, Dan Marken surrendered peacefully to his final foe – cancer.  His beloved partner, Inger Ulstein-Bruaset, had been his fierce ally through the entire fight.  Dan’s daughters and their mother, Sandy, Kristen (Josh), Mali (Patrick), and Kaley (Rob), have holes in their hearts, as do his step-children Duane (Kelly) and Stacy.   His nieces and nephews ache – Erik, Siri (Brett), Kristian (Leonor), Liv (John), Kari (Oguz), and Paul (Susanne).  Dan’s mother and father, his four grandparents, and his brother John passed ahead of him. 


We all ache.

But Dan can make you believe in Valhalla.


Dan’s family is extremely grateful to the caring staff at Kelowna General Hospital and Kootenay Lake Hospital in Nelson.   In a private ceremony, the family will commit Dan’s ashes to the ground of his beloved acres near Winlaw.  


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From: Thompson Funeral Service Ltd. Staff

Thompson Funeral Service Ltd. Staff send our condolences to family and friends. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

From: Sheila Dennis
Relation: I didn't but, see below

Last night I saw a car stop in the back alley near my Calgary home. I saw a lady get out and look at my crab apple tree closely. She drove away. I found a photo of a man and three little girls pinned to my back fence, under the branches of that tree. It looked like the photo was taken in my back garden as I see the spruce and old pathway. Even though I never met Dan I knew instantly who this was and I found his obituary this morning. He and his family had lived in my house for 17 years I understand and sold to a young couple in the early ’90s. I bought the house in 1995 and have lived there ever since. It’s unusual to find a house built in 1910-1911 still standing and not demolished for huge infills but there are still a few left in our neighbourhood. I have loved this house as I think Dan and his family did. There have been a few changes inside but the soul is still there. What a unique and thoughtful way for a tribute. My condolences to his family.

From: Don Carlgren
Relation: friend

Dan, you were an amazing friend to Carol and I. You were our Kootenay father. I looked up to you and thought of you all the time. When I heard of your passing I knew I had lost a dear friend. Every time we look at or think about our house we will be reminded of what a caring person and wonderful friend you were. We simply could not have done some of the things we have without you.
You will be missed more than you can ever imagine. You touched me deeply.

Godspeed my friend
Love, Don & Carol

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