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SOPER, Trent Milton

June 23, 1959 – Calgary, AB
July 24, 2014 – Calgary, AB

Trent Milton Soper, professional athlete, wildlife biologist, rancher, businessman, passed away on July 24th, ending a courageous battle with cancer.

Trent was a formidable physical presence, with a will to succeed equally as strong. He also possessed a poet’s soul and loved nature from his earliest days. He cared deeply for the natural world, and devoted much of his working life to the study and protection of animals.

Trent was born in 1959 in Calgary, attending Ernest Manning High School, where he graduated with Letterman honours in football, basketball and track and field. A ferocious competitor, he approached physical fitness with incredible intensity and excelled at every sport, but it was in football that he found his true passion. He moved to California and then Oregon to attend university and play football. He broke records as a college running back. In 1982 Trent Soper became the number one draft pick of the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

After his professional football career was cut short due to injury, Trent completed a Wildlife Biology degree at the University of Montana and embarked upon a long and successful career in environmental management.

In the 1990’s, Trent began to develop a ranch on beautiful property west of Calgary near Water Valley. For over twenty years, the Dogpound Ranch, named for the river that runs through it, was a joyful home to horses, cattle and his beloved Border Collies.

Trent crammed much into a busy, productive, but all too short life. Motorcycle touring, SCUBA diving, photography, music. His interests were many. Taking after his father, he was an avid traveller with a passport full of stamps from interesting lands. Affable and kind-hearted, Trent collected friends wherever he went and cultivated his friendships with fierce loyalty.

The family, father Roland Soper, brother Phil, sister Liz, their spouses and children, are grateful to the caring and talented professionals at the Foothills Hospital’s Tom Baker Centre and the Rural North Palliative Team, the endlessly compassionate staff at the Foothills Country Hospice in Okotoks, Alberta, and the dedicated nurses from Didsbury Homecare, particularly Kathy Hutcheon, who cared for Trent with equal amounts of compassion and good humour.

A celebration of Trent’s life will be held in September. Details will be available here and on Facebook (

In Trent’s memory, please donate to Spider’s Cure for Kids, Alberta Children’s Hospital,, or the Foothills Country Hospice, Condolences may be forwarded through

In living memory of Trent Soper, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Park Memorial, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Calgary, AB, T2S 2L5, Telephone: 403-243-8200.

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  1. Laurie & Glenn Skene :

    Dear Mr. Soper, Phil, and family,
    I just heard through my Dad (Bob Hall) of Trent’s death and wanted to pass along my sincere sympathy and condolences to you all. I hope that all the memories of Trent, knowledge of his successes and accomplishments in life, as well as all of the good times spent with him and his family will help to comfort you.
    Best regards,
    Laurie (Hall) & Glenn Skene

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  2. Roly, Phil, Liz and the “entire” family (and Brees),
    Words truly do fall short of expressing my sorrow in the loss of such a wonderful and very loving man. Someone so special as Trent can never be forgotten nor replaced, he shall remain forever in my heart. May your precious memories and love for Trent fill your heart and give you strength and peace in the days ahead. Please accept my heartfelt condolences, I am thinking of you all. God bless each of you!!!

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  3. Fawdry Cliff and Connie :

    Roley, we are so very sorry and shocked, we are so sorry for your loss, we live so close but seem too far away. We hope you are doing well, please accept our condolences, we are so deeply sorry for your huge and hurtful loss. Our thoughts and prayers reach out to you and your family. If you need anything do not hesitate to ring our bell….

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  4. John Blavatsky :

    Mr. Soper, Phil and Liz,

    I am very sorry about your loss. Trent was a wonderful friend and lived life to its fullest. Always positive, the way he lived is an inspiration for everyone. Our thoughts are with you.

    Blavatsky family.

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  5. Unit 47 nurse :

    I was a nurse on unit 47 at the Foothills hospital and was Trent’s nurse during a brief stay he had with us. He was truly a remarkable man and left a strong impression on me. I can only imagine how much he is missed.

    He was a great example of how it is to live with love and die with love. May we all be as lucky.

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