Following recent heart surgery, Donald Lewis Llewellyn sadly passed away earlier this week and we offer our condolences to his entire family and many friends around the world. Known internationally for his exceptional life-long dedication to the sport of Waterskiing and in particular to Three Event Competition, he was the father of two of the most talented athletes in the history of Waterskiing, Jaret and Kreg. His innovating role in Canada where he was involved with the National Team for over 10 years was admired by many and in particular in the area of coaching. The fruits of his enormous contribution can be clearly seen in both his achievements and those of his sons and National and International level.
The following notice was published this week in the Newspapers in Don Llewellyn’s home town of Innisfail :
With deepest sorrow we announce the sudden passing of Donald Lewis Llewellyn. Don leaves to mourn his loving wife, best friend and partner Christine, his two sons Donald Kreg and his wife Krista, Lewis Jaret, his wife Britta, and his dear grandson Dorien Lewis.
We want to thank his lifelong friend Rollie and his wife Connie Evans and his skiing buddy Bruce Dodd.
Don was born on January 17th 1950, and lived his life in the Town of Innisfail in Alberta, Canada. He partnered with his father in the family business of Llewellyn Electric, established in 1937. He was a Master Plumber for 47 years. Don had a special passion for hard work and serving his community where his customers were his friends. He touched everyone he met with his wonderful sense of humor and compassion for anyone needing his helping hand. It was common for him to work a full day and then work a few more hours if someone needed his help.
Don loved all sports and was talented at many. He was a lifelong member of the Innisfail Eagles, where he played for twelve years. Don coached minor Hockey for fifteen years.
His love of waterskiing continually grew as his sons Kreg and Jaret took on the world at competitions around the globe becoming World Champions and World Record Holders. Of late he was following his grandson Dorien become the new generation of World Champions. Don and Chris traveled to most international competitions with their boys to lend a hand and their support wherever needed. The water ski community became another family he loved to spend time with. Always ready to drive the boat, build a jump ramp, or anything that was needed.
Don’s life celebration will be held on Saturday, April 19 at 2.00 PM in the Innisfail Arena. (address 5804- 42 Street, Innisfail, Alberta, Canada)