Gary Louis Dogterom

Passed away on July 1, 2019

Gary Louis Dogterom, 62 of Spruce Grove, Alberta, passed away of a brain tumor on July 1, 2019 in Edmonton, Alberta.

Funeral services will be held July 5, 2019 at St. Andrew’s United Church in Spruce Grove, Alberta with Reverend Bill Doyle officiating. Burial will be at a date to be determined in Stirling, Alberta.

Gary was born in Lethbridge, Alberta to Grace and Louis Dogterom. He went to McNally School then graduated from Lethbridge Collegiate Institute (LCI). He earned his Bachelor of Education from the University of Lethbridge and completed his Master of Education in English Literacy later in his career. Gary was a secondary school English teacher and worked in Okotoks, Swan Hills, Lacombe and Stony Plain. After retiring, he still enjoyed substitute teaching.

Volleyball was a large part of Gary’s life, while at U of L he played for the Pronghorns from 1975-1979. From there, he continued his love of the game by coaching and refereeing for over 30 years. His longest coaching tenure was at Lacombe Composite High School where he coached in the women’s program for almost 20 years. His teams won consistently at the provincial level and he was thrilled to be able to coach his daughter during that time as well.

He enjoyed many sports and could be found lane swimming in the mornings, golf in the summertime and playing pickup hockey in the winter.

Music was an important part of his life. In high school Gary played the trombone in the high school band as well as in their jazz band. In 1974 the band travelled to Toronto for the National Stage Band Competition placing 2nd. Later in life, he enjoyed playing trombone and piano with his children and introducing them to his favourite bands.

He was a member of the United Church, currently attending St. Andrew’s in Spruce Grove. As part of the church he participated in the choir, was board chair, and played many bridge games.

Gary was predeceased by his father Louis Dogterom (1920-2008), mother Grace (Dogterom) Wurzer (1927-2002) and stepfather Lorne Wurzer (1915-2001).

He is survived by his children: daughter Katherine (Eric) Dogterom and son Wyatt (Kristin) Dogterom; grandchildren: Barrett and Madison (Wyatt and Kristin); siblings: Linda (Kevin) Joncas, and Cheryl (Laurence) Turner along with many nieces, nephews and extended family.

The family would like to extend our sincerest thanks to the doctors and nurses at the University of Alberta Hospital, units 4A4 and 3C4.

If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Gary’s name may be made to KidSport (11610 60 Ave, Edmonton, AB T6G 2E1) or a charity of your choice.


  • Memorial Service Friday, July 5, 2019


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Glenda Johnson

July 11, 2019

I am so saddened to hear about Gary. It's been a few years since we both taught at LCHS but I will always remember his quiet sense of humor and his great smile. As an excellent teacher and a passionate coach, he had a such a positive impact on so many lives. I really appreciated his reading program as I saw the benefits when students in my classes would use the techniques he taught them. My condolences to family and friends as you deal with this difficult time.

Deb Strachan

July 6, 2019

I am so sorry to hear of Gary's passing. He was a remarkable teacher, coach, and colleague. His love of English literature was a gift to many. He will be missed. My deepest sympathy to Katie and Wyatt.

Dale Soltek

July 5, 2019

Prayers and condolences to Gary's family from the Soltek family.
My best memories of Gary came when we were young boys.
I remember spending summers with his family, running through the fields and barns at the Dogterom farm, playing football with some of Gary's pals, and swimming away countless days at the Henderson Pool

I was so proud of my cousin, watching him play hockey and baseball on allstar teams in Lethbridge.

When we had a 75th surprise party for my mom, Gary showed up in a Corvette...well of course he let me drive

Gary wasn't perfect, certainly none are, but I am grateful to have had him in my life, and I know he influenced many with love, hope, encouragement, and sharing God's love

Ron Thompson

July 4, 2019

Enjoyed teaching with Gary for a number of years in Lacombe. There was no doubt of his love and concern for his students. We often shared stories in the staff room of raising children as I am a father of 8. What a wonderful man! He will be missed.

Nita McKenzie

July 4, 2019

Our family was saddened to learn of Gary's sudden passing. Although it has been many years since Gary and his family lived in the Lethbridge area, we have fond memories of the early growing up years. During one summer, Jamie & Gary decided that our families must be related since they spent so much time together. They surprised Mum & Grace by addressing them as Auntie Dena and Auntie Grace! Luckily we were able to recall those happy years and share many laughs during a brief afternoon visit last summer. Please know that we share in your sorrow and extend our heartfelt condolences to his family.
Love, Nita, Don, Linda & Jamie

Mick Madge

July 4, 2019

I has been such a pleasure to sing with Gary in the St. Andrews Choir. Gary joined the base section and we had many laughs wondering if we were an asset. I will miss him as a fellow baritone and dear friend.


Lauraine Weir

July 3, 2019

My sincere condolences to the Dogterom family on your loss.
Gary was a true gem at Lacombe Composite High School - whether he was taking part in staff/student activities, in the gym coaching or in his classroom teaching Shakespeare or innovative, spiffy ways to help you read. There are many fond memories of Gary, and his family, during those LCHS days but I will remember most his great smile and the quiet unassuming way of an incredibly dedicated and professional colleague. In sharing his talents he truly helped and inspired others to "Be the Best you can Be."

Corvin Uhrbach

July 3, 2019

Alison and I were saddened to hear of the passing of Gary. I had the privilege of being his colleague at Lacombe Composite High School during Gary's time in Lacombe. Gary was a dedicated teacher as well as a role model to the students in his classes and the teams that he coached. Alison and I want to extend our condolences to his family during this difficult time. Cherish the memories of this man who touched so many lives in a positive way!

Dave Dogterom

July 3, 2019

Donna and I send our deepest condolences and sympathies to the family. Hoping you all find peace in your memories of Gary. With love...Dave & Donna Dogterom ❤

Kathy McTaggart

July 3, 2019

My sympathies to the family, sorry to hear this sad news. Gary was first my teacher and then a colleague. I remember him most as a teacher, he had a passion for English and I fondly recall reading Shakespeare in his class. Amazingly he was able to help me 'like' poetry. I still have "My Top 20 Poems" booklet that I put together while in his class. He made so many students better people.