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STAUS, Donald Dale

June 16, 1958 – Thunder Bay, Ontario
November 27, 2018 – Calgary, Alberta

It is with deep sadness that the family of Donald Dale Staus announces his death on Tuesday, November 27, 2018 at the age of 60 years.

Don was proudly born in Thunder Bay, ON, where he served in the naval reserves, completed his geology degree at Lakehead University, and began his career as a petroleum geologist in Calgary, AB. At the age of 25, he met the love of his life Ute while working at TransCanada, and together they married and had three lovely children, who were his proudest accomplishments. He was the pillar of his family, was fearless in the face of adversity, and always stayed optimistic through life’s challenges. He was loyal, loving, and selfless, and would do anything for those he loved, especially for his family and friends. His love for the great outdoors was cultivated in the bush of Current River, Thunder Bay, which he carried out through the activities of fishing, camping, hunting, target shooting, and hiking. His other endless interests included mechanics, scuba diving, classic rock music, cooking, gardening, traveling, history, and collecting treasures throughout his many adventures. At the end of the day, he simply enjoyed spending quality time with his family and friends. Anyone who knew Don knew his witty sense of humour, belly-laughing jokes, and his ability to tell captivating stories. Over a decade ago, he miraculously survived an emergency aortic dissection, thanks to the skilled hands of his surgeon, Dr. Jehangir Appoo. Because of this experience, he proudly advocated for the raising of resources for the Association for the Rehabilitation of the Brain Injured (ARBI), which offered survivors a sanctuary of hope, compassion, and intensive rehabilitation. He also fundraised for the state-of-the-art trauma, hybrid operating room at the Foothills Medical Centre, the first operating room of it’s kind in North America, treating patients with severe traumatic injuries. Don was larger than life, and shined bright as a husband, father, son, uncle, and brother. It will be hard to fill the void his absence has left in this world. His belief in God reassures us that he is resting in heaven with his beloved family members who have passed before him, including his uncle Sonny Bell, uncle George Staus, and Granda Bell.

Don will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 33 years, Ute; children Connor Staus of Calgary, Kaela Dyck (John Dyck) of Calgary, and Monika Staus of Calgary; mother Joan Staus of Richmond, BC; siblings Kim Staus (Stephanie Staus) of Oliver, BC, Carol Anne (Doug McKinley) of Delta, BC, Manfred Eggebrecht (Yvonne Eggebrecht) of Calgary, and Siegfried Eggebrecht of Kelowna, BC, Cheryl Turgeon of Spiritwood, SK, Michelle Turgeon of Saskatoon, SK, and Meagan and Tyson Walter of Saskatoon, SK; mother-in-law Martina Eggebrecht of Kelowna, BC; nephews Jack Eggebrecht, Ryan McKinley, and Colin Staus; and nieces Lucy Eggebrecht, Amanda McKinley, and Martha Staus.

Funeral Services will be held at Foothills Alliance Church (333 Edgepark Boulevard N.W., Calgary, AB) on Wednesday, December 5, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. Graveside Service to follow at Queen’s Park Cemetery at 1:30 p.m. Reception to follow immediately after at Rundle Hall which is located at Foothills Alliance Church. There will be a live stream of the service and the family will be posting the link on social media. Condolences may be forwarded through

In living memory of Don Staus, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Crowfoot, 82 CROWFOOT CIRCLE N.W. CALGARY, AB, T3G 2T3, Telephone: 403-241-0044.

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  1. Dear Ute and family:

    There are never the right words that can ease the pain of your loss. Don was the glue of the family making sure the west coast was connected through the prairies and beyond.
    Please accept my sincere condolences. My thoughts and prayers are with you

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  2. Herb & Terry Betschart

    Don’s life was all about his beloved family. He was proud of his wife Ute and his children and would talk at length about them. One of his passions was target shooting with his friends at the Swiss Rifle Club where he excelled with his marksmanship. Don was always available to lend a helping hand wherever help was needed. I will miss him at our weekly pistol shooting practice sessions followed by a lunch where we solved the world’s problems. Don my friend, I will miss you…. may you rest in peace.

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  3. Mary Ellen Neilson

    Dear Ute and family,
    Don was an important part of the ARBI family, and we are saddened to hear of your tremendous loss. All of you are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Mary Ellen Neilson,
    Executive Director, Association for the Rehabilitation of the Brain Injured

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  4. Dear Ute and family, I was heartbroken when I heard this very sad news. Don was a larger than life figure, and we had many spirited conversations about so many different subjects, and I always learned from these discussions. He was a family man through and through, the pride and love in his eyes when he spoke of you, Ute, and the kids, it was remarkable to witness. Don also stood by us during one of the toughest times in our lives, I can never forget that. Our deepest condolences to everyone, we will miss him terribly.

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  5. My interactions with Don at ARBI always demonstrated his passion for others and his drive to do something positive. My thoughts and condolences to the family.

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  6. Lee Wahl and Sabina Wahl

    Ute my condolences to you and your family. Don was an amazing individual. So happy and up beat. He loved you and your family so much. The world will be a quieter place without him around.

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  7. Christina Heikoop

    Terrible news about Don. My deepest condolences to your family.
    Don was one of a kind and will be fondly remembered.

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  8. Don is My cousin because my mom Linda Staus my married into the STAUS family.
    “Donny” was there when my mom married, & when she was passing. During many conversations threw those years although we weren’t always close there was a bond of respect.
    Since this last summer we had intense conversations, always ending with the warmth and new appreciation for one another.
    I reached out to “Donny” Don once again on the 3rd anniversary of moms passing, not knowing that he himself had gone home.
    I believe that Don is in many conversation with those before him and defiantly mom.
    I’m going to miss you “Donny”, and only the understanding you could give me of topics that we shared.
    Love and respect
    Kaie aka “Kathy”

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  9. Dear Staus Family,
    I had the pleasure of renting office space downtown and working with Don over the past four years. He would often come in and talk about his great family and tell me stories about the navy and life growing up in Thunder Bay. I enjoyed the conversation and appreciated his entrepreneurial spirit and his words of encouragement towards my own business. A true role model and friend I am proud to have known.

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  10. Gabriele Martin

    There are so many unique and incredible things about this man. Don had a huge heart filled with immense generosity–he made way for once in a lifetime dreams to come true. And, if he wanted to make sure the unknown territory you were about to walk into could hold some danger–he had no qualms of letting you know that you could count on him to make sure the danger would need to get through him first! The joy is knowing I will see him again and each time I head out to fish, sometimes in a sundress, I will treasure it more with the realization that moments do not last forever. Dearest precious Ute; and Connor, Kaela & John, and Monika, Mother Joan & his siblings, Don was a man truly blessed by God. For it was God that chose each one of you to be Don’s breath of life–his passion, his excitement, his gift, his love and his reason for all. Blessed beyond for it remained so right up to his final breath.
    Love from my heart, Gabriele Martin.

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  11. Louie and Coreen Toneguzzi

    Our deepest sympathy on the passing of Don. Louie and I will miss Don’s trips to Kab Lake. We will remember him fondly. May great memories of Don comfort you during this time.

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  12. David Bryn Miles

    Don was a very Good Friend of Mine, he would phone me about every two weeks to talk about the old days and find out if anything was new! I will miss those chats! I will miss Donny! My Condolences To Donny’s Family!

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  13. Joan and family
    I was so sorry to hear about Don’s passing. We kept in touch through Facebook over the years, and shared many special memories. He will be missed.

    Lark and Bill Susak

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  14. Dear Ute and family:

    Don stayed in touch with many of his geology friends from university and he, and his stories, will be sadly missed.

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  16. Our condolences to all of you,, gonna miss those 1 hour calls from Don ,, we would catch up on families , economics ,fishing and of course politics ..

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  17. Rhonda Berry-Hauf

    I was shocked and very saddened to hear of Don’s passing. He was a remarkable man. He will be greatly missed by many. My deepest condolences to you all.

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  18. To all of Don’s Family
    I was very saddened to hear of Don’s passing. Don was in my life as a friend and a business associate. I will miss him and our conversations that we had on a regular basis.
    To all of Don’s Family our condolences. You are in our thoughts.

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  19. Bob Glover & Pauline Schmidt

    Bob and I are saddened to hear of Don’s passing, our thoughts and prayers are with you. Vertigo Theatre won’t be the same without his presence.

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  20. So sorry to hear this tragic news. I worked for Don for a few years at Culane and totally enjoyed his banter and stories. He will be missed. Thoughts and prayers to you Ute and your family. Sincerely, Kathy Adamo

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  21. Walter & Sharon Nussbaumer

    I always find it difficult to find the appropriate words at a time like this. In the period of time I knew Don, he was always with a smile and spoke constantly about his family and his past history in Thunder Bay and about his time with Sea Cadets and his time with the Canadian Navy, one of the many things we had in common. Target shooting with the Swiss Rifle Club was also one of his fondest pastimes as was the weekly lunch meetings with fellow shooters where discussion subjects were endless! Don your presence will be missed by all who had the fortunate opportunity to meet with you and enjoy your honesty and outgoing personality. Our heartfelt condolences to Ute and family.

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  22. Tom and Carolyn Field

    Such sad news. Ute, our thoughts are with you, Connor, Kaela, Monika and Don’s Mom Joan. I met Don when I started at Transcanada Pipelines in 1984 and he was finishing a summer student term before returning to Lakehead to complete his geology degree. Twenty years later I started work with Don again, this time at two oil and gas companies he ran, Culane and Carrick, for a total of 11 years. I got to know him very well through the ups and downs of those companies. I know he was extremely proud of his family and he spoke often of them. Despite his dedication to those companies and others, there was never a doubt that he considered his family his greatest success and number one priority in life.

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  23. Monica O'Connell

    Our deepest condolences on the loss of Don. The times I spent with him were always entertaining, educational and inspirational. Don made a point of taking the time to make me feel good about myself, he complimented me on my accomplishments and made my children feel like they were special and important. Don will be missed. I send my love to Ute, Monika, Connor and Kaela.
    May the memories held deep in your heart help to comfort you.
    Monica, Stephanie and Justin, Callum and Alex and Jillian and Steven

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  24. Don and Deb, Jenna & Kaitlin Foley

    My heart is heavy as I ponder the fact that I will never be able to visit with Don again. He was such a kind and generous friend. He always had time to get together for a lunch even when I knew he was pressed with a huge workload trying to cover all the bases at his company. He was passionate about his various interests, his work and most of all his family and friends. He lived life in a big way and gave it his all and then some. He was always so proud of his children and their accomplishments. His love for Ute and his children was always front and centre in conversations. Don worked hard at maintaining his friendships as they meant so much to him. His sense of humour and brilliant mind will be so missed. I’m just so thankful for the 35 years I was able to hang out with Don. Just know Ute that we will always be there for you and your family.

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  25. I never had the pleasure to meet Don but he was a good friend of my husband Michael and would phone and chat with him about the good old days. Upon Michaels passing last year Don called and we had a very nice conversation. His words left a great impact on me. My sincere condolences to Donald”s family

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  26. Dear Kaela family , Our deepest condolences on the loss of your father , Our thoughts and prayers have been with you all , may peace and love of your father comfort you ,and you will hold loving memories close . Kaela your Bethany Family has been praying and holding you close to our hearts ,… May god hold you in the palm of his hands … love you .. Bethany sisters ….xoxo

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  27. Dear Kaela and family,
    thinking of you in these difficult times.
    please accept my deepest and most heartfelt condolences.

    Ana Escalante

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  28. I’m so sorry for your loss of Don- he is quite unforgettable- a generous & giving soul.

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  29. Gary and Susan Insley

    Ute and Kids,

    We offer our deepest condolences at the passing of your husband and father. Donald was an unique man in many ways and we were extremely happy to have Ute and Donald at our wedding in May. I was proud to have served with Donald in the military and to count him as a friend. He has left a legacy of love, friendship, wonderful sense of humour, and knowledge. He will be deeply missed.

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  30. Tammy and Eric willerth

    So sorry Ute to hear of your loss. Praying for you and your family through this difficult time.

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  31. Don was a giant among men, and his untimely and far-too-early passing will leave an equally giant void in the hearts of his family and his friends. I met Don in 9th Grade in Thunder Bay, a couple of skinny nerdy kids, and we lived only a couple blocks apart. In those days we disagreed on just about everything but his brilliance and decency shone through our differences. I count myself extremely fortunate to have gotten back together over the past number of years with Don and we would have dinner at Hy’s when he was in Toronto for conferences. And he would talk, and talk, and talk; about friends and Thunder Bay, and politics and God and religion and geology and firearms, but above all about his family, his wife and children of whom he was so inordinately proud. I will miss him deeply and profoundly, and extend my heartfelt condolences to his wonderful family. God bless his memory and his family and all those who knew him.

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    We are very sorry to hear of Don’s passing. My husband, Doug Parker and I attended Lakehead University with Don and appreciated knowing him throughout his career. He was a fun loving guy. Don will be missed. Please accept our heart felt condolences.

    Barbara D’Silva and Douglas Parker

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  33. I am very sorry for your loss Ute and family. I have known Don a long time from teaching his kids Tae Kwon Do, to receiving my first job as a Geologist with Culane Energy ( for which I am incredibly grateful). Don you will be missed.

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  34. Dennis and Jacky Price

    Dear Ute, Connor, Kaela (and John), and Monika,

    It was with tremendous sadness that we heard from Connor that your beloved husband and father had so suddenly passed away. Please accept our deepest and most heartfelt sympathy for this tragic loss. As many have said, words help so little at such a difficult time, but know that they come from deep in our hearts and we share your grief.

    As others have mentioned, Don was a leader and a giant of a man who gave his all in whatever he did, whether for his family, his work, and the many causes he championed. A man of integrity, courage, determination, and generosity, he repeatedly overcame incredible challenges.

    Our hearts are saddened that we too will now never have the opportunity again to meet Don for coffee, lunch or dinner, or share just one more bellicose joke.

    Don, you were passionate about life, whether it was the daily grind with your companies, geology, politics, fishing, shooting or music. Your perpetual optimism was infectious and endless. Those of us who were privileged to be your friend, know just how proud you were of Ute and your children, and how important they were to you.

    Over the course of time from when we first met during our children’s Tae Kwon Do classes, you and Ute grew to be close friends. You always held our family with the highest of affection, have been a wonderful friend, and we will always love and fondly remember you for that.

    We are placed upon this earth for such a short time and our life is a precious gift. Don, you made the most of that gift despite the many insurmountable challenges you were forced to face and overcome. In the too short life that was granted to you, you achieved and gave back more than many of us can dare to hope for or achieve in several lifetimes! Your incredible generosity to your community, to your friends, and to the ARBI (Association for the Rehabilitation of the Brain Injured ) will stand as a legacy that will impact and bless many lives for years to come.

    At the end of our day, all any of us can ever hope for and aspire to, is to live a good life as a decent and loving person, and in that regard you have been an inspiration and an example to us all.

    Yours was a life well lived. You have blessed so many by your presence here on this earth. You leave a legacy of inspiration, generosity and three incredible children to follow in your footsteps and honor your memory.

    You are truly loved and will never be forgotten. Jacky and I will miss you more than we can say. Sleep easy our dear friend…your job is done and you have earned your rest. BTW, Jacky hopes that they have Kit Kats in Heaven.

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  35. I’ve known Don for over 30 years, we attended Lakehead University in Thunder Bay and both ended up in Calgary after graduation. Over the years Don and I worked together on various projects and at different companies. His passion for the projects was the difference that allowed for the ventures to be successful. When Don believed in a project he would go full bore and strived to control 100% of it. He loved the huge potential plays with the biggest payoffs. Don tackled issues head on and was always optimistic of the outcome. He was not afraid to work in different places with different geology dealing with different problems. As Don was larger than life, so were his projects that he promoted.
    Don was a leader and treated his employees well. Since Don was an avid outdoorsman, we enjoyed many fun corporate Christmas parties in the mountains that included interesting treks such as dog sledding or snowmobiling tours. Salmon fishing off the west coast was also a trip to remember.
    Don and I had countless morning coffees where we would solve the ongoing corporate issues or just recap our weekends or gripe about politics. Don and I would also enjoy attending the annual geological convention and taking field trips to various sights in Alberta and the States.
    Our families grew up together and my kids refer to Don as “uncle Don”. His many stories and belly laugh jokes would entertain them to no end.
    Don had many interests and was involved with many worthwhile organizations but by far his greatest passion and love was for his family; whenever he spoke of them his face would light up and you could tell how proud he was of all of them. We will miss Don dearly.
    Ute, Kaela, Connor and Monika and extended families; our deepest condolences go out to you at this time.

    Love from the Fawcett family; Earl, Elaine, Travis, Troy, Trenton and Michaela.

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  36. Having shared an office wall for neigh on 16 years with someone, one gets to know a person quite well, the ups and downs, and the things that made our friend, colleugue and “roomy” tick.
    In the early days of Culane, we were the only ones in the office, and often, in those days at the end of the day, we’d gathering the reception area, Don lying down on the couch and me in a chair. It was almost a surreal scene out of movie, patient and shrink talking. We both found it quite relaxing, therapeutic and insightful, away from the stress of the day, just some quiet time before facing rush hour traffic home. Other times Don would come into my office for a chat about whatever. Again therapeutic for both of us.
    His love and desires for his family and especially his children, Kaela, Connor and Monika was always front and centre and very obvious. He spoke with great pride of all their achievements, no matter how trivial. A truly great father.
    One outstanding feature that best described Don to me was his extremely going and generous nature. He really had a heart of gold and was one of the “GOOD GUYS”!
    As they say in Germany to fishermen, “Petri Heil”, or in Scotland , “Tight lines” in your newest adventure!

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  37. I was very sorry to hear that Don has passed away and wish to extend my condolences to his family. I met Don through working for him several years ago and always enjoyed his friendship. Don was very supportive when I lost my wife and I will always remember him for that.

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  38. Alexander Chaykowski

    Ute: I just found out this evening about Don. I was shocked. You might remember me and Olga. The 4 of us went to supper on a number of occasions a number of year sago. I’ve personally kept in touch with Don over the years, but haven’t seen him since last fall. I’m shocked. My sincerest condolences to you and your family.I know what your going through, because Olga passed away in July 2017. I’m still not over her.

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