Harold Dean Mortensen 2
- Born: 27 Feb 1933, Gull Lake, Saskatchewan, Canada
- Marriage: Mary Lorraine Schriver
- Died: 23 Oct 2017, Swift Current, Saskatchewan, Canada at age 84 164
Another name for Harold was Dean.
The following article on the Mortenson Family comes from th e History Book "Praitie Profiles" (1979)
HAROLD DEAN MORTENSEN
by Dean Mortensen
I was born in 1933 in Gull Lake, Saskatchewan. The first school I atte nded was Mount Royal where I attended for three years. The teachers we re Ruth Johnson (MacAuley) and Mrs. Thompson. Then I attended Kemmel H ill in Antelope for four years. The teachers I can recall are Miss Ste ele and Miss Clemintine Smith. Our method of travel to Antelope was ei ther a saddle horse or a one-horse two-wheeled cart. I took the last y ears of schooling in Gull Lake, where I graduated in 1950. I then liv- ed in Swift Current working in lumber and pipe line business until 195 9 when my family and I started farming on the George Dunmire farm nea r Ante-lope Lake. I married the former Lorraine Schriver and we hav e a family of four sons. Our oldest son, Richard married Vicki Peter s of the Verlo district. They live in Gull Lake and have a daughter, T oni Daylene. Our second son, Michael married Linda Haubrick of Moose J aw and Hodgeville. They lived in Swift Current and have a son, Reggi e Michael. On February 19, 1979 Michael was killed in a gas field acci dent. Randall, our third son married Paige Mallette of Saskatoon and i s attending University there. Tedrick, our youngest son is completin g his high school in Gull Lake.
Noted events in his life were:
• Obituary, 23 Oct 2017, Swift Current, Saskatchewan, Canada. 164 Harold Dean Mortensen
Harold Dean Mortensen
February 27, 1933 - October 23, 2017
Dean passed away peacefully on October 23, 2017 at The Meadows in Swif t Current at the age of 84. Dean was a husband, father, grandfather an d great-grandfather and will be greatly missed by all and especially b y his loving wife Lorraine.
He was born on February 27, 1933 to Claritt and Mary Mortensen in Gul l Lake, Saskatchewan. He started attending school at Mount Royal schoo l and after 2 years attended the Kemmil Hill School at Antelope and gr aduated with his Grade 12 from Gull Lake High School.
On one family trip to Gull Lake when he was small he spotted a prett y little girl with ringlets in her hair and was immediately smitten. I t was several years before he met her but he thought of her often. H e married that little girl, Mary Lorraine Schriver (Dolly to him) Sept ember 27, 1952 and they recently celebrated their 65th Wedding Anniver sary. They shared 65 years of love and Lorraine will miss him dearly . In addition to his wife Lorraine, he is survived by, sons Rick and h is children Toni (Lonni Holt, Arissa) and Travis; Randy (Paige) and th eir children Leah (Mitchell Japp, Logan, Maryn and Esmae) and Derek (C arolyn); and Ted (Tanya, Dylan and Madison); grandson Reggie (Anita, M egan and Tyler); daughter-in-law Linda Mortensen (Dave Peters); his si ster Karen Carlson and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predecease d by son, Michael George, parents, Claritt and Mary Mortensen, brothe r Howard "Bud" Mortensen, sister-in-law Irene Mortensen, brother-in-la w Art Carlson, father-in-law Cliff Schriver, mother-in-law Mary Wilso n and stepfather-in-law Ken Wilson.
After they were married Dean and Lorraine lived in Swift Current wher e Dean worked for the Revelstoke Sawmill, Dominion Oil Field Supply, a nd the South Saskatchewan Pipeline. In 1959 Dean and Lorraine took ove r her grandparents' (George and Blanche Dunmire) farm near Antelope La ke. The first years were tough going but they worked hard and buil t a successful farming operation. All four boys were raised here and t he family still owns the farm today. When Dean started a job or task h e believed finishing it well before leaving it. One of Dean's favourit e spots was a hill on the farm where he liked to park his truck and th ink. He was honest and hard working. In the early years he enjoyed hun ting and fishing. He tells of a day when he brought home a tree for Ch ristmas. Rick was small and when he saw it coming he said: "Hey Mom, D ad shot a Christmas tree".
Over the years Dean had a variety of off the farm jobs as well - fro m selling cars and cheque writers to starting a company to build larg e screen TVs. He was part owner of the Dairy Queen and Arctic Cat Recr eation in Swift Current in the 1970's. In the 1990's he and Danny Down ey started a purebred Black Aberdeen Angus business that brought hi m a lot of pleasure travelling to auctions and working together.
In 1966 eight of Dean's hunting and fishing buddies joined together t o build a resort on a piece of his farm land along the shore of Antelo pe Lake. This served as a wonderful weekend getaway for families. Fish ing, campfires, horseshoes and dances in the hall were highlights at A rrowhead Lodge, resulting in many favourite memories.
A proud community member, Dean was always there to help. He was a lon g time member of the BPO Elks #164 in Gull Lake and was the exalted ru ler for 2 terms. He enjoyed leading 4H, coaching the boys ball teams a nd watching hockey. After moving to Swift Current in 2012 he becam e a member of the Prairie Pioneers Kiwanis Club.
After many winters of renting houses in Gull Lake they built their ow n house in town in 1987. They eventually moved into Gull Lake full tim e in the early 1990's. In 1998 they took their first trip to Yuma, Ari zona and bought a park model trailer that they enjoyed going to for 1 4 years. Dean really enjoyed getting out of the cold Saskatchewan wint ers. He also loved going to iHop for brunch with friends, taking a da y trip to Algadones, Mexico to barter and practise his Spanish and h e always took visitors for a date shake. He also enjoyed watching th e Yuma Scorpions baseball team.
In 2012 they sold the house in Gull Lake and moved into Riverview Vill age Estates in Swift Current.
Family was always the number one priority for Dean. He loved family ge t-togethers and any chance to spend time with family and friends. He a lso enjoyed watching sports and was an avid Blue Jay, Rider and Mapl e Leafs fan. He had a heart of gold and was always there to help anyon e who needed him. He will be missed.
A memorial service was held on Friday, October 27, 2017 at 2 p.m. in t he Chapel of Warren's Funeral Home in Swift Current, Saskatchewan. I n memory of Dean Mortensen donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundatio n of Saskatchewan (1738 Quebec Street, Unit 26 Saskatoon, SK S7K 1V9 ) or the Canadian Cancer Society (1910 McIntyre Street Regina, SK S4 P 2R3) would be appreciated. Warren's Funeral Home were entrusted wit h the arrangements. For further information call 306-773-8831 or 1-800 -267-6606 or visit our website at www.warrensfuneralhome.com and expre ss your sympathy to family members in our book of condolences.
• Family History, 1979. 80 Taken from the Antelope District History Book "Family Profiles". Th e text of these photos is detailed under "Research Notes".
• Canadian Voter List, 1974, Gull Lake, Saskatchewan, Canada. 28
Harold married Mary Lorraine Schriver, daughter of Clifford Schriver and Mary Dunmire.