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
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
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.