Darwin Luft

It is with profound sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Darwin Laurie Luft, of Calgary, Alberta.
Darwin was born October 27, 1955, in Didsbury, Alberta. He passed away August 31, 2020, at the age of 64, at his summer home in Vernon, British Columbia.
Darwin spent the majority of his childhood in Olds, Alberta, where his parents owned and operated an autobody repair shop and where he honed his great love of tools and all things DIY.
He graduated from Olds Junior Senior High School in 1973, and went directly into the School of Engineering at the University of Calgary.
Darwin’s long career in engineering in the oil and gas industry began with Dome Petroleum in Estevan, Saskatchewan followed by positions in Calgary, Grande Prairie, Rocky Mountain House and back to Calgary. Dome was eventually purchased by Talisman Energy, from which Darwin retired in 2011 as VP of Mergers and Acquisitions.
He enjoyed all things sports, including scuba diving, skiing, cycling, golfing and working out. He approached his hobbies with the same boundless exuberance as with the other aspects of his life. He had logged a thousand kilometers on his bicycle this summer alone. He and his wife Sandra have travelled the world together in their retirements, visiting 50+ countries over the years. Darwin took up underwater photography while diving and when given a digital camera by Sandy for their 25th anniversary, he turned to digital travel photographs to capture the highlights and cultures of the places they visited. If interested, his photos can be viewed at www.imagesbydarwin.smugmug.com. He was also a member of Apega, the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta.
Darwin will be greatly missed for his energetic personality, business sense and laughter that was truly infectious. He was always available to lend a helping hand and a kind heart to anyone who needed it. He was known to his neighbors as the one who shoveled the walks in the winter, and repaired the lawn mowers in the summer.
He is survived by his wife Sandra, whom he married in 1985. They spent 35 happy years together, until his passing; and by his sister, Brenda (Cy) in Enderby, British Columbia. He will also be deeply missed by his cousins Randy (Vancouver, Washington), Lynn (Auburn, California), Kevin (Didsbury, Alberta), Darin (Yellowknife, NWT), Kristi (Didsbury, Alberta) and Stacey (Didsbury, Alberta); as well as nieces and nephews, Ben (Sylvan Lake, Alberta), Bonnie (Port Moody, BC), Luke (Comox, BC) and Alyssa (Ottawa, Ontario).
He was predeceased by his parents Don and Jane Luft of Olds, and numerous aunts and uncles.
Given the current Coronavirus situation, Darwin’s family have decided to forego a celebration of his life for the moment. A memorial to Darwin has been created and can be viewed at darwinluft.inmemoriam.ca Expressions of condolence can be left there as well.
For those wishing to make a tribute to Darwin’s life, donations can be made to the Alberta Heart and Stroke Foundation, at www.heartandstroke.ca . …

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  1. Dear Sandy and all those who loved Darwin,

    I am so incredibly sorry to learn of Darwin’s passing. I had the great privilege of working with him in Red Deer (Dome) and then again in Calgary (Talisman). I truly thought the world of him and threatened that I would leave Talisman if he ever did. I left not long behind him. He was a wonderful leader who wasn’t afraid to challenge ideas and change that didn’t make sense, defend people and the things he believed in, was always incredibly candid and real, and lit up everyone’s world with that crazy, contagious laugh of his! He always made time for people and always demonstrated they were his highest priority.

    He received that great underwater camera from you, Sandy, when we were working together and he was so thrilled with that gift. In viewing his amazing images, I can totally understand why as he clearly had great passion and talent for photography and capturing true beauty. He always spoke of you with the greatest admiration, respect and deep love.

    I can only imagine how painful his passing must be for you. Please know that you shared an incredibly special relationship and that he adored you. I’m so glad that you had so many travels, adventures and TIME together after both of you retired. Those memories are so precious!

    Sending you a huge virtual hug and my deepest condolences.

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