Harlan James Moen was born in Swift Current on August 9th, 1945 and passed away in Campbell River on March 27th, 2022 at the age of 76.
Harlan is predeceased by his mother, Thelma Hendrickson, his step-father Chris Hendrickson, his father Olaf Moen, his sisters Doreen (Dode) Petrie (Ray Petrie) and Shirley Johnson (Johnny Johnson), and his brothers Donald (Bud) Moen (Nora Moen) and Robert Moen.
He is survived by his partner, Cheryl Collison, his sister, Ona McDonald (Jack McDonald) his sister-in-law Gerry Moen and his ex-wife Marsha Moen. He is also survived by his children Lynn Moen (Steve Schroeder), Angie Moen (Pat Hogue), Trent Collison (Lisa Collison), and Nicole Collison (Kevin Brooks) and his grandchildren Regan Homeniuk, Jamie Homeniuk, Aidan Collison, Sarah Collison, Torin Brooks and Thomas Brooks.
Harlan’s family, including nieces, nephews and extended family, were so important to him. He also had so many friends across the country who he kept in touch with over the years. Next to his family and friends, his biggest love was Canada’s North. He ventured up to the NWT to Inuvik in 1971 to work in the transportation industry with his own company, JoMo, and then later with Trans North. He continued to work in the North for many years, working in Tuktoyaktuk for Dome Petroleum’s Canadian Marine Drilling and then eventually landing “south” in the Yukon in 1987 after many trips up and down the Dempster highway. He and Cheryl built a wonderful life south of Whitehorse on Marsh Lake. Harlan owned a number of businesses, from running the bar at Jake’s Corner to Harlan’s Tours on the lake to running a coffee truck on the hi-way and eventually U-Brew Yukon, where he met so many great people. He and Cheryl retired from U-Brew Yukon in 2002 to spend more time exploring the Yukon and the rest of Canada and especially loved the time they spent travelling across the country in 2004.
Harlan loved being on the lake, cruising and fishing, hunting moose with friends and having a cold beer while telling stories around the fire. He and Cheryl also spent a number of years ‘boondocking’ in Arizona, climbing through the many mountain ranges around Bouse with their Chevy Tracker called Rose. They managed to meet some fantastic people while travelling in the U.S. and always looked forward to the next season where they could catch up with friends and discover a new place to explore.
Harlan’s spirit and love of life and people was contagious and he had an amazing ability to make people feel important and appreciated when they were around him. He was a unique and fascinating individual who was so loved and will be so missed by so many.
The family would like to request that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.
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