Jespersen, Egon Marius

April 26, 1942 – June 1, 2022
at the age of 80 years:     

This week the Jespersen family said goodbye to a great a man.  Egon Marius Jespersen passed away on June 1st, 2022, at the age of 80 years.  Egon was born on April 26th, 1942, in Fyn, Denmark, the second of three children to Christian and Clara Jespersen.  At the age of 11 he immigrated to Canada with his family, travelling by sea to Halifax and by train to Salmon Arm.  Shortly after their arrival his parents bought the acreage on which Egon lived throughout his life.

In the family tradition he worked hard, as a boy picking apples, raising family pigs, tending mushrooms and for many years growing strawberries.  He was instrumental in transitioning the Jespersen Solvang strawberry farm to Christmas trees.  In 1968, he founded Jespersen Drywall which, along with the Christmas tree farm, continues to be a vibrant family business in the Salmon Arm landscape.  His hard working life added much to the community.

Hunting was a passion which he passed on to his children. His happiest times were spent with them in the wilderness.  He was always the first to volunteer to take visitors for a drive and show them the country he loved so much.  Egon always had a story to share.  He was a generous friend and contributed his time over the years to many local community and fundraising events.

He was a business owner, farmer, avid hunter, and loving father, husband, grandpa, and friend, and known to many as Chief.  Egon is survived by; his wife Sally, children Kris (Monja), Ed (Robyn) and Ashley (Devin), seven grandchildren; Klaire, Dax, Ryker, Boden, Marek, Call and Atlin; his sister Tove, brother Jesper and several cousins in Canada and Denmark.  

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Salmon Arm Fish and Game Club.  Those wishing to celebrate Egon’s life and share a story or memory are invited to visit the family’s We Remember page.

He will be missed by many.


  1. Please accept our deepest condolences for your loss of Egan. We have known him for many years and have enjoyed his company and his honesty in all his business deals and his great workmanship and of course having the odd beer with him. Rest in Peace and will think of you often.

  2. So sorry to read of Egon’s passing. Our class reunion of 1960 is to be held this Sept. and I was looking forward to catching

    Condolences to the family.

  3. So sorry to hear the news. Condolences to you all.

  4. My sincerest and heartfelt condolences to the your family.
    May you be comforted at this time by your love and the precious memories you share.

  5. Condolences Jespersen family, Egon will rest in peace now and may your loving memories keep him close to your hearts ❤

  6. so sorry for your loss Kris and Ed.

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