DEETON, Turk (Cameron Oliver)

March 6, 1942 – May 2, 2018


We are heartbroken to announce that our beloved Turk passed away peacefully at the Dulcina Hospice in Calgary on Wednesday May 2, 2018. Born in Galt, ON to Nettie and John Deeton, Turk was raised in Ayr, ON, moving to Cochrane in 1965. It is here that he met his love, Vicki and raised their family.

Turk spent 32 years keeping our highways maintained, working for Alberta Transportation and Carmacks. Turk loved carpentry, and upon his retirement in 1997, he was able to spend a lot of time building furniture, decks, shelves, you name it! And he could fix anything. Turk loved people and loved to talk. He will be forever remembered for his infectious smile, charm and quick wit. Turk and Vicki enjoyed exploring the world together and he loved to travel with his Family. Turk most of all enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and took special pride any time he could cheer them on or fix or build something for them.

Turk will be dearly missed by his wife Vicki; his children, Owen Deeton and Marni (Jason) Evans; grandchildren, Shontana(Danny Dewitt) and Shayla Deeton, Griffin and Natalie Evans, Darci(Cole) Bertram and great granddaughter Aurora Dewitt; and his sister Marilyn Drewett and her family.

The family extends special thanks to the Cochrane Home Care Team.

A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, May 11, 2018 at 1:00 pm at All Saints Anglican Church ( 404 – 4th Ave N, Cochrane, AB) with reception following at the Cochrane Legion (114 Fifth Ave, Cochrane).

Memorial donations may be made to the Cochrane Lions Club (109 Fifth Ave, Cochrane, AB T4C 0A4).


View Turk’s Photo Tribute here:


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  1. On 04/05/2018 at 2:55 pm Clint Buckler Said:

    So sorry for your families loss. Prayers and wishes of strength moving forward.

  2. On 04/05/2018 at 3:35 pm Tim Beattie Said:

    So sorry for your loss. Will always remember Turk for making everyone laugh. You are all in my prayers. Tim

  3. On 04/05/2018 at 8:20 pm Terry Tennant Nelson Said:

    I am so sad to hear of your loss. Turk was a true friend to everyone who had the good fortune to meet him. May your memories help you through this difficult time.

  4. On 05/05/2018 at 5:35 am Pat and Charlie Crutchfield Said:

    We are so sorry to hear of Turk’s passing. It was always such a pleasure to see him as he always had a smile on his face.
    Thinking of your family at this time of loss.

  5. On 05/05/2018 at 7:40 am Dave and Pat Buckler Said:

    Vicki and family so sorry to hear about Turk may his smile and joy of life carry you through this hard time and the years ahead he was always so happy to visit and have a few laughs whenever you met him.Hold the memories close as they will help you in the coming days.

  6. On 05/05/2018 at 8:28 am Moe Klotz Said:

    Love and prayers to Vicki and family. Turk was one of a kind and very special to all. He will be missed.

  7. On 05/05/2018 at 5:47 pm Emma Hughes Said:

    Vicky and your whole family. Please accept our condolences on your loss. Turk was a kind, funny and warm gentleman who will be long remembered for his infectious joy of life. He will live on in your beautiful, crazy family. With much love Emma & Tony Hughes, Jamie Max and Oscar. XXXXX. Steve and Jan Hughes have also asked us to pass on their condolences at this sad time. XX.

  8. On 06/05/2018 at 7:41 am Joanne Kloppenburg Said:

    So sorry for the loss of a great , fun loving man , he will be missed by many , my condolences to you all .

  9. On 06/05/2018 at 7:46 am Debbie Gibson Voykin Said:

    We are so sorry to hear about Turk – he could always make you laugh – always had a great time at legion with him and Dad. I will never forget when he made me try the smelly cheese having a few beers next door. Are thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time. Xoxo

    Debbie, Gerry, Renee and family

  10. On 06/05/2018 at 8:54 am Teresa Hogarth Said:

    Our deepest sympathies to Vicki and family, Turk was truly one of the “good ones”.
    Teresa and Chub Hogarth

  11. On 06/05/2018 at 8:57 am Teresa Hogarth Said:

    Our deepest sympathies to Vicki and family, Turk was truly one of the good ones.

  12. On 06/05/2018 at 9:07 am Scott Thompson Said:

    Very sorry to hear of Turks passing. Know that your family is in our thoughts at this sad time.

  13. On 06/05/2018 at 9:25 am June & Gary Rowan Said:

    Vicki & family, we are so sorry to hear about Turk. He will be deeply missed along with that smile and crazy laugh. A true gentleman he was.

  14. On 06/05/2018 at 12:54 pm Dan, Jodi, Colton and Mitchell Said:

    Much love to all of you at this time. Turk always had a smile on his face and a special laugh and we feel blessed that he touched our lives. Our condolences to you at this very difficult time XO

  15. On 06/05/2018 at 1:10 pm Pete & shirley Said:

    Our deepest condolences on the loss of Turk. He was a kind loving man & I know you will all miss him deeply.

  16. On 06/05/2018 at 1:20 pm Nanette Farrell and Family Said:

    So sorry about Turk’s passing. He will be greatly missed. Our condolences and lots of love.
    Nanette, John, Jackson and Lucas Farrell, Ron Deeton

  17. On 06/05/2018 at 2:03 pm Sandra McMorland Said:

    Oh so sorry to hear this news. Our family weeps for yours.

  18. On 06/05/2018 at 3:56 pm Donalee Smith Said:

    My most sincere condolences to you and your family Vicki. Thinking of you.

  19. On 06/05/2018 at 4:09 pm Derek and Leigh-Ann Postowski Said:

    Vicki and family. Our sincere condolences for your loss. We have so many fond memories of Turk. He will be missed by many. Thinking of you all. ❤️

  20. On 06/05/2018 at 5:20 pm Vicki Koersen Said:

    We are sorry to hear of your loss. Please accept our condolences.

    Vicki and Alex Terrick

  21. On 06/05/2018 at 6:05 pm Golda Said:

    My deepest condolences to Vicki, Owen, Marni and family members. Many hugs and prayers

  22. On 06/05/2018 at 8:16 pm Kim Cohoe Said:

    Dear Vicki,Owen,and Marni,and family. First of all what an amazing picture. Turk will always be remembered for his great smile,laugh,and kind words.Cochrane is still small when you hear we have lost a wonderful cochranitte. Sending you my warmest embrace, sending you my heart filled condolences.

  23. On 07/05/2018 at 6:45 am Heather Craig Said:

    I am saddened that our little community has lost another of its most loved citizens. Turks’ smile always made you smile when you spoke with him and he always had a moment to visit and inquire how you were. I know you Vicki and the family are devastated however I hope and pray that you will take comfort in your memories of happier times together and knowing he’s no longer in pain. Take care and my deepest sympathies to all of you.

  24. On 07/05/2018 at 12:50 pm Mona Sylvestre Said:

    My condolences Vicki and family. So sorry that Turk had to leave. Cochrane will miss his smiling face.

  25. On 07/05/2018 at 5:07 pm Keith and Pat Raby Said:

    Vicki and family, our deepest sympathy to you in the loss of Turk, his great smile and cheerful face will be missed by all who had the privilege to meet him. Our thoughts are with you.

  26. On 08/05/2018 at 7:53 am Jeff Walker Said:

    Our deepest condolences to all of the family and friends who lost such a wonderful man. We didn’t know Turk well enough but he always left us with a smile every time we saw him.
    Love from Jeff, Michelle, Rhys and Britton Walker.

  27. On 08/05/2018 at 9:09 am Garry Roberts Said:

    Our sincere condolences on Turk’s passing. I first met Turk in 1980 and since that time never saw him without a smile and a grin on his face – and a joke to share. He put everyone in a good mood and we will miss him. Anne and Garry

  28. On 08/05/2018 at 5:30 pm Shirley and Alan Shaw Said:

    So sad to hear Of Turk’s passing, I know how broken hearted you all must be. I just remember Turk being ready for a laugh and his smile would light up a room.
    Our thoughts are with you.
    Shirley and Alan

  29. On 08/05/2018 at 5:57 pm Lyle &Ginny WILSON Said:

    So sorry for your loss Tirk was loved dearly. All our Love Lyle and Ginny

  30. On 08/05/2018 at 5:59 pm Lyle &Ginny WILSON Said:

    So sorry for your loss Tirk was loved very much by all. God bless.

  31. On 09/05/2018 at 7:50 am Ted and Sharon DEJONG Said:

    We are so sorry to here about Turk. We are in Mexico at this time. We send our sincere condolences. Ted Sharon and family. Frank and family

  32. On 09/05/2018 at 2:34 pm Tina Thring(Hardy) Said:

    So sorry to hear about Turk. Now he and Ted will be able to have coffee again! Know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and I will call to check on you.

  33. On 09/05/2018 at 2:43 pm Denny and Audrey Williamson Said:

    Vicki and family,
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  34. On 09/05/2018 at 2:46 pm Tina Thring(Hardy) Said:

    Vicki and family
    So sorry to hear of Turk’s passing. Know that my thoughts and prayers are with you. Will call to check in with you. Tina

  35. On 10/05/2018 at 6:34 am Rose Janke % Gerry Oatway Said:

    Vicki and Family,
    Our deepest Sympathy in the loss of Turk. Truly a remarkable man. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. May your wonderful memories help you through this time. He will be missed by his family and friends. Thinking of you all.

  36. On 10/05/2018 at 3:38 pm Cathy Sherba Said:

    I’ll be thinking of you Vickie as you try and move forward. All the best.

  37. On 10/05/2018 at 3:55 pm Roberta (Perkins) Robertson Said:

    Vicky, My prayers and condolences to you and your family. I have many fond memories of Turk, he was always teasing. Roberta

  38. On 10/05/2018 at 4:34 pm Etty Jansen Said:

    Dear Vicki & Family,

    So many fun times and lots of laughs to remember. I am so saddened to learn of Turks passing. I am not able to attend the memorial tomorrow but my deepest sympathy, thoughts and prayers are with you.


  39. On 10/05/2018 at 4:34 pm Fred Lee, Alberta Transportation Said:

    Vicki, our sympathies go out to you and your family. Turk must be the funniest Maintenance Shop Foreman Alberta Transportation has ever had. He never missed an opportunity to make fun out of any situation, good or bad. He got along with his Operations Engineer and then District Transportation Engineer, Tas Kollias (who is Greek) really well. We remarked that had the Turks and Greeks got along like our Turk and Tas, we would have had total world peace. The truth is, Turk was so dedicated and committed to his excellent work serving the public well, and warm, helpful and respectful to the people he worked with inside and outside government, the Greek boss couldn’t have been more happy with him around. Turk helped and developed many young highway maintenance workers under his wing into excellent supervisors and managers who are still in the highway business with the government and our contractor partners, serving the motoring public. His hard work, dedication and quick wit had earned him the respect of his peers and will be remembered by all of us who had the good fortune to work with him. Fred Lee, for all your friends at Alberta Transportation.

  40. On 10/05/2018 at 11:44 pm Terry & Dorothy Cowell Said:

    Our sincere condolences. May you and yours find comfort in the memories you made throughout the years. Turk will be missed.

  41. On 11/05/2018 at 6:46 am Al and Sandra Ohlhauser Said:

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family during this difficult time. Hugs.

  42. On 11/05/2018 at 8:19 am Michael Kerfoot & Janet Riganti & Family Said:

    Dear Marni, Jason, Griffin & Natalie,

    We are so sorry for your loss of such a great father, and grandfather. The obituary that you wrote gave us insight into this remarkable man. A life well-lived and a model for living life to its fullest. How fortunate to have had him in your lives. May the memories you hold bring comfort & strength!

  43. On 11/05/2018 at 11:03 am Wendy Kelly Said:

    I have incredible memories of Turk; his jokes, his laughter, the twinkle of mischief in his eye and his incredible memory. I am so grateful for the opportunity to catch up with you last fall at the rodeo.
    May the incredible memories of his joy comfort you through this difficult time.

  44. On 11/05/2018 at 6:05 pm Brad Nelson Said:

    To Owen, Vicki, and Marni. Turk was a legend in my mind. I grew up with a father who immigrated from Scotland, and therefore hockey never entered my consciousness. My friendship with Owen introduced me to Hockey Night in Canada and a teen to cheer for. Turks’ beloved Leafs. Life has its chapters, and some of my earliest were under the influence of Turk and his family. I hold those memories dear and hold those who remember Turk in my heart at this time. Keep your stick on the ice Turk. You are remembered and missed!

  45. On 12/05/2018 at 1:48 pm Glen & Liz Boles Said:

    Dear Vicki and Family,

    Our Condolences and Sympathy to you and your Family. Memories of Turk are precious always his
    great smile and always had time for a chat. this is a very difficult time for you Vicky and Family, our prayers are with you. Blessings, Glen & Liz Boles

  46. On 14/05/2018 at 8:21 am Deb and Richard Oldfield Said:

    Vicky, we are so sorry for your loss. Prayers and condolences to you and your family.

  47. On 19/05/2018 at 9:15 am Warren and Gret Davidson Said:

    Our heart felt sympathy to you Vicki and all your family. Our prayers are with you all. My Gods love give you his peace.
    Gret and Warren

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