Kenneth Arthur Esau
1928 - 2010
Kenneth Arthur Esau was born in Rosthern, Saskatchewan on August 15, 1928. He went to be with his Savior on Saturday, November 27, 2010 at the age of 82. He was predeceased by his wife Doreen, parents William and Aganetha Esau, step-mother Vonda Esau, brothers Harold, Vergle, Willie, Lorenz and Elgin Esau, son Larry Esau, and grandsons Travis and Adon Thiessen. He is survived by his son Elvern and his wife Kathy, son Bradley and his wife Lynn, daughter Donalda, daughter Dolores and her husband Walter, daughter Darlene and her husband James, daughter Kathleen and her husband Scott, 34 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, brother Maynard and his wife Carol, sister Delphine and her husband Jim, and many nieces and nephews.
On November 27, 1949 he married the love of his life, Doreen Tallman. For the first two and one-half years they lived in Meadow Lake. On May 30, 1952 Ken and Doreen took their two sons, Elvern (1 ½ years) and Brad (6 weeks), and moved to Dawson Creek, BC and later to Clayhurst BC to farm.
In 1953, a third son, Larry, was born to their family. In 1954, their first daughter, Donalda, was born. She was followed by three more daughters: Dolores in 1961; Darlene in 1962; and, Kathleen in 1963.
Their farm had very humble beginnings. Ken started by renting 100 acres of improved land and homesteading a half section of raw land. During the winters Ken put in long hours hauling ties and lumber. In 1956, he purchased a sawmill. For the next five winters the family moved to the bush to saw lumber.
By 1961, they had enough improved land so that the farm was able to support the family without extra income. Ken was active in farming up until 2009. He said that this land was the land of opportunity, and in it their dreams were fulfilled.
Ken once said that he modeled his life after Matthew 6:33 – “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you.” His life was a reflection of the desire of his heart to put God first in all that he did. In doing so, he has left us a legacy of faith.
In April 2010, after the passing of his wife of 60 years, Ken moved into the Rotary Manor in Dawson Creek. We are grateful for the staff at the Manor that looked after him and the good care that he received.
The day he left this world for his heavenly home was November 27, 2010. This day was special for two reasons. First, on this day Ken’s greatest hope to be with his Lord and Savior was fulfilled. Second, November 27 would have been his 61st wedding anniversary. He didn’t spend it alone for he was reunited with Doreen on that day, never to be separated again. Ken was a blessing to each person in his life, and he will be greatly missed.
A graveside service was held on December 4, 2010 at 11:00 am at the Clayhurst Cemetery, Clayhurst, British Columbia, followed by a memorial service at 2:00 pm at the Alliance Church, Dawson Creek, British Columbia.
Expressions of sympathy in memory of Ken, may be made by donation to: ‘The Gospel for Asia’ 245 King St. E. Stoney Creek, ON L8G 1L9, ‘The Samaritan’s Purse’ 20 Hopewell Way NE, Calgary, AB T3J 5H5, or ‘Sagitawa Christian Camps’ Box 61, Moberly Lake, BC V0C 1X0.