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David William Evan Organ, P.Geol.

Life member David William Evan Organ, P.Geol., a strong supporter of APEGGA and a participant in the colourful history of Western Canada’s petroleum industry, passed away late last year. He was 77.

The Calgary resident became a P.Geol. with APEGGA in 1971 and was a Nominating Committee member in 1975 and 1976. He was active in a number of other professional and industry groups as well, including the Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists, where he was a past president, life member and emeritus member, the American Association of Petroleum Geologists and others.

From 1951 to 1989, Mr. Organ served in various line and staff positions with the California Standard Company/Chevron Canada Resources. In 1969 he was appointed chief geologist at Chevron, a position he held until his retirement.

Born near Paulson, Man., he graduated from Brandon College with a bachelor of science degree in geology in 1949, then obtained a master’s in geology from the University of Manitoba in 1952.

Early in his career, Mr. Organ worked in one of the early oil exploration hotspots in Western Canada, Elkhorn, Man. He met his wife-to-be, Doreen, while working for Cal Stan on its Frobisher Silurian test.

The two married in 1954 and have three daughters and six grandchildren.
Mr. Organ is remembered by his many friends and family not only for his professional knowledge and contributions to geology, but also for his ready wit and humour, his honesty, and his friendly and unassuming nature.

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