Dean Vaughn Ganson

To my husband — Dean:

What the. stars do to celebrate a summer sky,

or what the. rising sun does for a sleepy earth.

or what a brilliant rainbow offers to color the world..

that’s what loving you does for me.

I was so blessed to have you in my life.



Dean Vaughn Ganson, was born May 15, 1962 in Terrace, B.C., and was taken from us, tragically, on August 27, 2004. Dean was vibrant and full of life — he loved the great outdoors, and was born to be a trucker!

From the time he was 2 years old. Dean’s ambition and great passion in life was to follow in his dad’s footsteps, learning everything he could about the logging industry. He would often be seen as a “little boy” passenger in his dad’s truck; with duties expanding to “grease boy” and “junior mechanic” by the age of 12 years. The last few years of his life found him in his dad’s backyard building his own “Mack” semi!

Dean was known best for his love and commitment to his wife Tammy and their 5 children. Whenever possible, you could find “daddy” wrestling with the kids, reading a story, horseback riding, as well as teaching life lessons. He was involved with parent associations of his kids’ schools — volunteering many hours to make their school years a success.

Dean was a devoted member of the Seventh-Day Adventist church; dedicating his time and talents to both the church and church school (Spring Creek Adventist School). His role as school board chairman was much appreciated, and he is greatly missed by all.

Dean will be sadly missed by his wife Tammy; children Alexandria, Lane and Zizi; stepchildren Dustin (Burns) and Colby (Burns); parents Don (Carole) and Dawna; parents-in-law Tony & Anne (Oucharek); brothers and sisters Andy (Debbie) Gray, Donette (Clay) Mayheiw, Dane (Kathleen) Ganson, Donelle (Kevin) Clarke, sister and brother-in-law Anthony (Doreen) Oucharek, Alicia (Lyndon) Mattheis; a host of uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews, cousins and a multitude of friends.

Tammy and the Ganson/Oucharek families wish to extend their sincere appreciation to their neighbours, friends and the entire Terrace community for all the support and kindness shown throughout this tragic time. Thank you for the flowers, food, cards, phone calls, visits, spoken words of encouragement, thoughts and prayers. A special thank you to several local businesses for your generosity, understanding and financial support.

Although not a moment passes that we don’t think of Dean and treasure all the memories he’s left us with — we take comfort in the assurance that Dean, along with his friend Richard Brown, is safely resting in God’s hand. We, eagerly, await Christ’s soon return when we will be reunited to spend eternity together.

“For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore, comfort one another with these words.”

1 Thes. 4:16-18.

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