Kenneth Gauthier

April 28, 2023
In loving memory ~
On Friday, April 28, 2023, Kenneth Gauthier passed away at the East Kootenay Regional Hospital at the age of 78 years. Ken was born in Cranbrook and spent his childhood years here.
Ken followed his older brother Jim to Canal Flats in his late teens. He worked in different sawmills as a surveyor’s helper on local highways and on surveying the flood line for the Mica Dam. Mica Dam later became Kinbasket Lake. He spent a few solitary summers in fire lookouts on the tops of mountains between Cranbrook and Golden. Ken was involved in the forest industry all his working life and retired in 2009 as the Manager at Crestbrook Industries.
Ken met his wife, Diane in Canal Flats and married in 1966. They welcomed two sons to their family. Ken became a forest ranger and in 1969 moved to the Kettle Valley/Rock Creek area of the Okanagan. In 1972, the family moved to Creston where he started with Crestbrook Forest Industries. He was then transferred to Cranbrook in 1974. Ken started out as a layout/timber cruiser and worked his way to becoming Woodlands superintendent. His career in the woods spanned 45 years from 1964 to 2009. That job took him to many places – all over Canada, the US and Denmark, Finland and Sweden. His love of Canadian history and his own family’s early history took him from coast to coast in Canada and all the way to Alaska.
Ken leaves behind his two sons: Mark (Michele) and Lee (Tiffany) as well as five grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. He also leaves behind his two brothers, Jim and Mike. He was predeceased by his beloved wife Diane and his sister Jean.
A Celebration of Life Tea for Ken will be held at a later date. Condolences may be left for the family at
Condolences may be left for the family at
Mark Memorial Community Funeral Home
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