Don Litle

May 15, 1935 ~ August 31, 2023 (age 88) 88 Years Old


Donald Perry Litle passed away on August 31, 2023, in the Edmonton U of A Hospital after a lengthy battle with complications from a major stroke.

Don was born in Fort Macleod, Alberta, on May 15, 1935, and throughout his life he always gave it his best. At age 16, he left school to make his own way hiring on as a truck driver, and at the age of 20 he got on with Banister Pipelines and never looked back. From then on for fifty years he lived pipeline, his world was the right-of-way. He travelled the line from northern Alberta to the Arctic, and south to the US border. He worked on the TransCanada pipeline from Northern Alberta to the Maritimes. Getting that pipe in the ground was a hard job. He could work 12 to 24 hours a day, seven days a week through 40 below winter weather and the hot dusty summer days. He worked in rain-flooded ditches, and for him it was all in a day’s work. He was a family man and always took his family along with him when he could. His kids went to schools across Canada and grew up knowing how big their country was. There was a time (in the first Trudeau era) when the oilfield suffered, so Don did as many Albertans did. He turned to the land. True to form he set up a huge hog operation, and for approximately ten years of his life he was in Bashaw, Alberta. The oilfield came back in a big way. The hog operation was dissolved, and Don was on the road again doing what he loved. Like Johnny Cash, Don walked the line, laying pipe from Fort McMurray to the US border, and from southern BC into Manitoba. He finally retired at the age of 75 and settled in his hometown of Fort Macleod. It was a well-earned rest. He spent his winters in Arizona meeting up with old pipeline buddies, and he always drove there and back because he loved the open road.

Don is survived by his wife Dianne, daughters: Kyleen, Dawn (Ray Tait), and Kelly, and sons Curtis (Marion) and Darryl (Deni). Don was predeceased by his son John. He leaves six grandchildren: Niki (Chris), TJ (Angela), Alysha (Gordon), Ryan, Dayris, Dayna, and six great-grandchildren: Chris, Gemma, Paige, Charlie, AJ, and Rowan. He will be greatly missed.  

A Celebration of Don’s life will be held from 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm, on Saturday, September 30, 2023, at the Fort Macleod Royal Canadian Legion.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

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Celebration of Life
September 30, 2023

2:30 PM
Royal Canadian Legion-Branch #46
159-23rd Street
Fort Macleod, AB T0L 0Z0


Heart and Stroke Foundation
100 - 119, 14th Street N.W,, Calgary AB T2N 1Z6


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