Donald "Don" Elmer Moylan

June 17, 1945 - October 21, 2023


Obituary For Donald "Don" Elmer Moylan

Don Moylan lost his battle to cancer on Saturday, October 21, 2023. As he said, it was a rough few weeks, but a great 78 years. Tell a good joke to your buddies, give a bone crushing hug to those you love, and help a neighbor as these were things he did so well. Don, or Donny, will be travelling his last highway (in a Peterbilt) but has likely stopped in a big open field to lean against a haybale and feel the sun on his face.

Don was a quiet, gentle, straight-talking man with a great sense of humor. He had a passion, some say obsession, for antique tractors (preferably red), trucks, horses, and classic cars, but might be tempted to also purchase anything antique or cowboy themed. He would happily spend hours in his shop tinkering, fixing, and shining everything until it was pristine. He also owned way too many cowboy boots and hats. Don and Sylvia spent their life together dancing the jitterbug and singing to old country songs. Their home base started in the Webster community but for many years they travelled through small town America heading to their Yuma home, learning the history, playing cards, and meeting the locals.

Don originally came to the Grande Prairie, AB, area as a young man where he settled with his wife Bev (nee Childers) and they raised their family in Clairmont, AB. When he met Sylvia (nee Sallis) later in their lives he joined her family, and she, his. Don will be lovingly missed by his wife Sylvia; kids and grandkids: Gavin (Alden) Moylan, Joshua, Lucas, Zachary, Evelyn, and Sybil; Keltie (Brent) Haugli, Camden, Colby, and Marley; Lynnette (Scott) Peebles, Morgan, Kali, Terrick; Hayley Sallis, Kennidy (Nathan), Zoey, and Neko; Elton (Kathy) Sallis, Thalia, and Ezrah.

Don’s work ethic and love of horses started with his upbringing in North Bend, SK, on the farm with his siblings: Patricia (Don) Jenkins, Bill (Lorna) Moylan, Kenneth (Del) Moylan, Clinton (Mary Black) Moylan, Jean (Bob) Ottenbreit, Marilyn (Peter) Morris, and Mick Sarmaga. It was a simple upbringing, but they enjoyed teasing each other and fondly remember a supportive community. His parents Bud and Vera; brother Clinton and sister in-law Lorna Moylan; as well as brothers in-law Donny Labrecque, and Donald Jenkins pre-deceased him. He had a large family with many nieces, nephews, and extended family; as well as many friends who were like family members to him.

Don had a few careers and was a millwright by trade, but he was a truck driver at heart. He bought his first big truck when he was a young man and could be found driving truck still last year. He also had great memories and laughs with his coworkers during his years in the auction and heavy equipment business. He could tell you where to find all the hidden gems on the road and always had a good story to tell about it.

His family is honoring Don’s very clear wishes by not holding a funeral or memorial service. We will be joined in remembering him by the many friends he made over his travels and years in the community. You made his life richer, fuller, and brought him many laughs, so we thank you for that. We also want to extend our gratitude to the doctors and nurses who cared for him in his last few weeks.

Memorial Donations may be made to Frenchman Butte Museum Society, Inc. (Box 114 Frenchman Butte, SK, S0M 0W0), or to Webster Community Hall (RR2 Site 9 Box 15, Sexsmith, AB, T0H 3C0).

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  • November 14, 2023

    So sorry to hear about Don's passing! Tim and I so enjoyed his morning visits in Yuma! Thinking of you all at this difficult time.

  • November 03, 2023

    Gavin, Keltie & families My sincere condolences for you on the loss of your dad. Wishing you peace, comfort, and lots of love at this time of sorrow. Kyla (Cameron) Wilson

  • November 02, 2023

    Our sincere condolences to all Donny's family. Always enjoyed our little visits over the years.

  • October 29, 2023

    I say this with great admiration and respect what a loss of a kind and happy man. Not very many people walk through our lives with just memories that make you smile. My Dad will be happy to see Donnie. Take peace in knowing he was one of a kind and genuine.

  • October 29, 2023

    To Slvia & family, my deepest sympathy to you all. Don was such a wonderful guy-his smile kindness and jokes always uplifted all who was ever around him, he will missed by everyone who knew him. My love to you all, Levola

  • October 28, 2023

    Our sincere sympathy to the family. Thinking of you. Calvin & Donna Conrad

  • October 28, 2023

    Rest in Peace Donnie. Just a very nice man and a life well lived. Agnes Miseck, Terryl Miseck.

  • October 28, 2023

    Our deepest sympathies to all of Donny's families and friends. I had the pleasure of working with Donny at auctions and consider it an honour to have known this special man.

  • October 27, 2023

    Sylvia we are so sorry to hear of the loss of your wonderful husband. Please accept our heartfelt condolences. With love Dale, Laurie and Lindsay. Dale says: "Remember when Donny and he were right that one time!"

  • October 27, 2023

    Sylvia and family. It's been many years since I last saw Don but always enjoyed catching up . I worked with him at All Peace and will remember him for the fun loving good guy he was. All our love and sympathy to you all. Brad and Leanne Beaupre

  • October 27, 2023

    Deepest sympathy to all of your family at this time .All our love Jack, Kathy & family


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