Don was born May 9, 1940 in Nanaimo, BC, the only child to Stan and Nellie Wilson. They moved to the Battle Heights area in Saskatchewan in 1950 where he attended Glen Horne School. Don later worked on the power lines being installed in Battle Heights and Smokey Burn, for various farmers and bush camps, the E.B. Campbell Damn and the community pasture. He then moved back to BC working in road constructions and was back and forth between BC and Saskatchewan over the next few years.
In Carrot River on December 2, 1966 Don married the love of his life Diane Miller. They returned to BC, living in many different places while working back in road construction. During this time their daughter Angela was born in Vanderhoof, BC in 1969, and their son Vernon was born in Quesnel, BC in 1972. In April 1973 they settled down back in Battle Heights and started farming with Don’s parents and there they farmed and raised cattle over the years. In 1987 Don took over the Petro Canada bulk plant in Carrot River where he had the opportunity to work with his son Vernon. When he retired in 2001, Vernon took over managing the bulk plant. Don had rented out his farm land but later started farming with Mike Isaac, enabling him to remain involved with farming which meant so much to him. Don was a farmer at heart and also loved his international tractors and threshing demonstrations. He was very involved with the Battle Heights Community Club and the Pasquia Place and Pasquia Trust Boards in Carrot River.
Don was so proud of the work and success of Pasquia Place and how much the residents enjoyed it there.
In retirement, Don enjoyed curling, camping and gardening. He started many plants, especially tomatoes in his greenhouse; he loved his tomatoes! In 2008 Don and Diane enjoyed an Alaskan cruise trip with Neil and Mary Brooke. They loved their camping trips and a highlight for Don was the special family camping weekends at the farm.
Family was just so important to Don. He took special interest in each child and grandchild and loved spending time together and visiting; and Don was so excited to meet and hold little Corbyn.
Don and Diane moved to town in August 2017. It was very hard for him to leave the farm, but he enjoyed their place they had designed together and the company they received there.
Don had many health issues over the years causing him to be hospitalized for lengthy periods of time. We would like to say a special heartfelt thank you to Merne & Sue Fast, Len & Kathy Andres and Menno & Ethel Classen for their kindness shown by way of opening up their homes to us and meals and also for them and many others visiting Don in the hospital and at home.
Don was predeceased by his parents, Stan & Nellie Wilson and his brother in laws, Ken and Don Miller. Left to forever cherish Don’s memory are: his loving wife Diane; his daughter Angie (Terry) Dyck; his son Vernon (Colleen) Wilson; grandchildren, Aaron Dyck, Amanda (Brandon) Holmes, Rebecca Dyck (Cole Cragg), Cody, Jessica and Jasmyne Wilson; great grandson Corbyn Holmes all of Carrot River; sister in laws, Edith (Pete) Epp, Rose Miller and Stella Miller, numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and special family friend Bill Crawford.