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Douglas James Franko, 62 years, of Quill Lake passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Saturday, March 3, 2018 at Humboldt District Hospital. Doug was born on September 12, 1955 at Quill Lake to John and Ruby (nee Friesen) Franko. He grew up on the family farm, actively helping as soon as he was old enough to, and attended school in Quill Lake. When he finished school, he took a job surveying with his uncle. Doug worked a variety of jobs over the next few years in Saskatoon including at Robin Hood and selling life insurance. On August 17, 1974, Doug married Connie Hiebert. Later, he began working as a grain buyer, working for various companies and in numerous locations throughout Saskatchewan over the next few years. Missing the farming lifestyle, he started farming back at Quill Lake in 1988 and then in 1989, the family made the move to the farm where they have lived and farmed ever since. They operated a mixed farm, at times having over 100 head of cattle. Not one to sit idle, Doug also continued to work for various grain companies including Alberta Food Products (now Bunge), Northeast Terminal, and Parrish & Heimbecker. While farming was his number one interest, he enjoyed many outdoor activities including, snowmobiling, fishing, hunting and camping. He golfed for many years in the summer and was an avid curler in the winter months. In his younger years, he was a volunteer fire fighter and was presently on the Board of Directors at Accent Credit Union. Doug enjoyed a good game of cards and visiting with family and friends. He liked going to auction sales, but could also be found bidding online and searching kijiji for great buys. He had a loyal companion in their German Shepherd, Zena (aka Beaner) and they were often seen walking the farm together. Doug’s greatest joy was becoming a grandpa; he adored each and every one of his grandchildren and loved spending time with them. He will be lovingly remembered and sadly missed by his wife of 43 years, Connie Franko of Quill Lake; three children, seven grandchildren and one grandson, due this spring: Theressa Franko (Scott Hiscock) and daughter Meagan Spatt of Blackfalds, AB; Corry (Brad) Binsfeld and children Ryan, Allison and Jaxon of Muenster; and Adam (Janelle) Franko and children Madison, Emily and Owen of Luseland; his mother Ruby Small of Saskatoon; two brothers and one sister: Dwayne Franko and Brenda (Sherman) Francis, all of Saskatoon and Randy Franko of Quill Lake; mother-in-law Agnes Hiebert of Saskatoon; and numerous in-laws, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. He was predeceased by his father John Franko; father-in-law John Hiebert; sister Melanie Franko and grandson Dylan Binsfeld. The Funeral Service for Doug was held on Saturday, March 10, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. at the Quill Lake Community Hall, officiated by Rev. Brenda Curtis. Interment will take place at a later date in the Quill Lake Cemetery. Memorial donations in Doug’s memory may be made to the Humboldt District Hospital Foundation or the Quill Lake Curling Club.
Humboldt District Hospital Foundation
Box 1740, Humboldt SK S0K 2A0
Quill Lake Curling Club
Quill Lake SK S0A 3E0