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First Memorial Funeral Services

1155 Fort Street, Victoria, BC

OBITUARY

Maynard H. Dokken

November 27, 1930July 25, 2020

On July 25th, 2020, our father left this world, on his terms. He was a tower of strength and we are so incredibly grateful to have had such an extraordinary man as our dad.

His laugh was enormous and went on forever. It carried across the room and sometimes further, bringing smiles even to those who did not know the tall, mighty looking man sitting next to his petite wife who gazed at him adoringly, in admiration and amusement. He was surrounded by his brood of six laughing children- sometimes embarrassingly all dressed in the same outfit to make sure no one was lost on a family trip.

He was the dad who could be phoned at any time of the night to pick us up from anywhere, with all of our friends, and drive everyone home. “Thank you Mr. Dokken” they would say, and he would reply with a smile “well, you’re welcome!” as though he had not been woken in the middle of the night before trying a big case the next morning. Nothing was more important than his family and he always made us feel his unconditional love.

His Saturday chili con carne was famous with the many friends who filled our happy home, as were the waffles that he made in his waffle iron by the dozens for those who were still hanging around the next day.

Having been raised on a farm in Saskatchewan, our father enjoyed the simple life, yet he made sure our mother had a life of beauty. Despite his career success as a Queen’s Counsel and President of the Saskatchewan Bar Association, dad remained humble. He enjoyed chatting with anyone and everyone and saw what was good and interesting in each person, without judgement.

It could not have been easy for him to lose his own father when he was only a young child, yet he honoured his memory and that of his mother, by living a good life. He read the only set of books they owned, the encyclopedic Books of Knowledge, in their entirety, from cover to cover, by the age of eleven and his lifelong love of knowledge never stopped.

He met our mom Aileen on a hayride in 1947, after which mom went home and wrote in her diary “Today I met the man I’m going to marry! His name is Maynard Dokken.” And so they did, in 1955, before moving to Melfort to build their life. They made many lifelong friendships there. Together they would open six law offices across the province while dad simultaneously and passionately served as Crown appointed counsel for the Indigenous communities of Northern Saskatchewan.

Thank you Dad. Thank you for giving us the most wonderful life. Thank you for showing us what it means to have a respectful, loving, fun-filled life partnership, as you had with mom. Thank you for your unwavering love and for letting us know that the most important thing in life is to be true to your beliefs, to love and to be kind. You have many, many friends who will miss you beyond words, along with your children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and all those to follow. You and mom will live on through all of us.

Mom loved to sing while you played the piano, her beautiful soprano voice so clear and lilting. At times you would join in with your gorgeous baritone voice. And then the two of you would dance. And now you are dancing together again and we hope mom is singing one of her favourite songs with you:

Lilacs in bloom, fragrant perfume Shows me the waiting has ended Springtime is here, soon you’ll be near When all our heartaches are mended Close in my arms, fond embraces Once more in happiest places Jeanine, I dream of lilac time Your eyes, they beam in lilac time For you and I, our love can never die Jeanine, I dream of lilac time

Survived by: Aurora Dokken (Lawrence House, Frazer House, Michael House, Nealia Knight nee House, Iselin Knight, Francis Knight, Fenton House, Ziru House, Stephanie House) Maynard Dokken (Mikiko Fujisawa), Dennis (Danny) Dokken (Julie Chant, Donovan Dokken, Anabel Dokken) Allanna Kliman nee Dokken (Brian Kliman, Morgan Lee Hiscox nee Kliman, Stephen Hiscox, Jesse Kliman, Jessica Kliman nee Greenside, Quinn Kliman) Aarrynne Dokken-Isgar (Stephen Isgar, Henry Dokken-Isgar, Namarra Dokken-Isgar) Nammarra Dokken George (Bert Barr, Mackenzie George, Aaron George, Ava George)

Pre-deceased by: Lien Dokken, Ruth Kneeland nee Dokken, Campbell, Roy Kneeland, Aileen Dokken nee Connelly

Cremation July 29th, Private Celebration of Life

Services

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Mac George

August 7, 2020

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Mackenzie George

August 7, 2020

Always will remember grandpa spending entire days with me when I was pretending to be sick from school. It felt like we spent hours just talking despite me being about 10.
A life well lived by a great and strong man.
Love you.

Tanya Smithson

August 6, 2020

“Well if it isn’t Tanya Smithdaughter”...and his laugh erupted. Each and every time. The joke was perpetual. I always laughed because he knew how to laugh the best.
The biggest man, the biggest laugh, and the kindest heart and the gentlest soul.
I was so blessed to be a part of the family and celebrate life like no other!
Xoxo

Frazer House

August 5, 2020

Grandpa was a great big man with a great big laugh and a great big interest in the world and everyone in it. He loved a little bit of light mischief too. I often remember him sneaking baked goods that he wasn't supposed to have - and sharing one with me to form a conspiracy. Grandpa could be counted on to have a view just as much as he could be counted on for his tremendous charity of spirit. I'll always be grateful to Grandpa. Love forever.

Quinn Kliman

August 5, 2020

Grandpa had the best stories about Saskatchewan and Mexico. He always lit up when talking about Nana and how tough she was. He loved that woman more than anything and now they are both together again.

Ruth Ilnytzky

August 4, 2020

Our sincere condolences on the loss of your dear father, grandfather and great grandfather.
With our love,
Ilnytzky family, Victoria

Ava George

August 3, 2020

He had a way about him that made you feel like the most fascinating person in the room. He was always so attentive and laughed with you always. A laugh that no one could ever forget. We are all better for having known his kind heart, and having learned from his wisdom.

maureen connelly

August 3, 2020

To Aurora, Maynard jr, Danny, Nammara, Aarrynne and Alayna, and your families. Our thoughts are with you as you begin to say a gentle good-bye to your Dad, knowing he is now with Auntie Eileen. May they not create too much ruckus in their reunion. Uncle Maynard, his smile, his huge laughter, was bigger than life in my little eyes as a child, and as we and our families grew over time. Remembering too your family’s singing and your mom’s sparkling eyes. The crazy motor home trip around Cape Breton (when we lost Danny) etched a just one family memory in a blur of tartan, ice cream and song. You are blessed, for all times, to have such wonderful fun caring parents. Be together and stay together.
With my love and heart-felt thought for each of you,
your cousin Maureen and family

Tami Traynor

August 3, 2020

Maynard has passed on, but his thoughts, hopes, and dreams live on in his children and grandchildren.
May his memory be eternal. Your Dad truly loved his family. 💛

Tami Traynor

Leslie Corman-Sharples

August 2, 2020

“Yes...dear”, a sleepy Mr. Dokken replied to Aarrynne (and I) on many occasions, late at night as he drove us home from whatever shenanigans we had gotten into. He was calm in his slippers and housecoat when other parents would surely not be so patient...he never passed judgement and was always a such a loving father to his children and to the rest of us who were lucky enough to be welcomed into the Dokken household. You will forever be loved and missed.

FROM THE FAMILY