Gary Robert Jassman, resident of Spirit River, AB, formerly of Fort MacLeod, AB, passed away on Wednesday August 15, 2018 at the Mazankowski Heart Institute at the age of 67 years, with his beloved wife and children by his side.
Gary was born December 27, 1950 in Lethbridge, AB to (Robert) Bob and June Jassman. The youngest of 2 sons, he grew up on the family farm near Fort MacLeod, AB. In 1977 Gary along with his parents, brother Jim and family moved north and settled west of Spirit River in Happy Valley. Soon thereafter, he met and fell in love with Yvonne Foote and they were married in June 1980. Gary and Yvonne were blessed with son Travis in 1983 and daughter Chanley in 1987.
Gary loved to work the land, took great pride in his cattle, and was always willing to lend a helping hand, but above all he cherished his family. He was so proud of his son and daughter and all of their accomplishments, Gary’s grandchildren; Emily, Rylee, Olivia, Korbyn, Chloe, and Alicia always held a special place in his heart.
When he wasn’t in the field or tending to cows, Gary enjoyed family gatherings and was always the life of the party, tobogganing, camping, sitting around the fire at the farm, going for crop and calf tours on rainy days and spending time with his grandchildren.
Gary will live on forever in the hearts and memories of his wife of 38 years, Yvonne; son Travis (Jennifer); daughter Chanley (Leo Doucette); grandchildren Emily, Rylee, Olivia, Korbyn, Chloe, and Alicia; his mother-in-law Mary Foote; sister-in-law’s Bernice (Mark) Shmyr, Diane Danylchuk, Judy Jassman; brother-in-law Duane Foote (Kari) and numerous nieces, nephews, neighbors and friends.
Gary was predeceased by his parents (Robert) Bob and June Jassman, his brother Jim Jassman and father-in-law Gerald Foote.
Celebration of Life for Gary was held on Friday August 24th at 2pm at the Centennial Hall, Spirit River.
Donations in Gary’s memory may be made to the Mazankowski Heart Institute, 11220 – 83 Avenue NW, Edmonton, AB T6G 2B7.