Arlan Clayton Dokken passed away on Saturday, March 16th, 2019 at the age of 83. He was born on October 17th, 1935 to Selmer and Alma Dokken in North Rolla, BC. Arlan was the youngest of six children, and the last surviving Dokken child.
Farming had been ingrained in him from a young age, and after graduating from South Peace Secondary and attending Fairview College, he went back to the family farm. Throughout his life, Arlan endeavoured to farm in any spare time he had; he was an entrepreneur and a farmer at heart.
Arlan married Charlene Love, and they had two sons, Bruce (Gillian) and Steven (Maya) Dokken. The Dokken house was welcoming to all family and friends, especially to Arlan’s nephews Grant and Ken Miller. Arlan was a playful and doting grandpa to his four grandchildren Thomas, Amelia, Hannah, and Nyssa. Arlan valued hard work, but at the heart of it all, was his family.
Arlan was proud of his Norwegian background, and especially enjoyed Christmas lutefisk and lefse. He loved to play cards, dance, joke, and enjoyed travelling the world with his wife.
Arlan liked to be involved and contribute to his community, while keeping a low profile. During his lifetime, he was a member of the Dawson Creek Tourism Board, South Peace Historical Society, the Dawson Creek Hospital Board, the Peace Haven Board, Sheep Growers Association, the Grace Lutheran Church, Chapel Hill Board, Sons of Norway, amateur theatre clubs, and was a dedicated Kiwanian for over 30 years. Arlan had an innate ability to bring people of varying perspectives together. Arlan’s willingness to help, his kind nature, and gentle soul were obvious, and shone through in everything he did.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 23, 2019 at 2pm at the Grace Lutheran Church, Dawson Creek, British Columbia. Reverend Marilyn Carroll will officiate.
Expressions of sympathy may be made by donation to the North Rolla Lutheran Church Cemetery, RR #2 Dawson Creek, British Columbia V1G 4E8 or the South Peace Hospice Palliative Care Society, #3-929-106 Avenue, Dawson Creek, British Columbia V1G 2N9.