Denis Lawrence Peyre, of High Prairie, passed away peacefully in his sleep at his home on July 18, 2016. He was 73 years old.
He is survived by: his wife of 42 years, Jackaline [nee Fisher]; son Brent Peyre; daughter Trisha [Robert] Graham; granddaughters Carys and Emerie Graham; and brothers Lorne [Karen], Wayne [Liz], and Jim [Maryann]. He is further survived by nieces, nephews, relatives and many friends.
Denis was born on April 10, 1943 in High Prairie, to Edmond Peyre and Violet Ersson. His early years revolved around the family farm, where his lifelong love of agriculture and quality farm equipment began.
Denis attended the University of Alberta, graduating with a degree in Business in 1973. That May he has hired by John Deere and started training at their Parts Warehouse and Sales Division in Edmonton. Four months later he was transferred to Ontario as a territory manager near Lake Simcoe, north of Toronto.
When the opportunity for a John Deere dealership in High Prairie came about in 1975 he decided to go for it. Denis and Jackie made the move back to their hometown where the community openly welcomed back their local boy, knowing that he would be committed to providing them with the best quality of service possible.
Peyre Farm Equipment Ltd opened its doors August 1975. In 2005, he amalgamated Peyre Farm Equipment with his brother, Wayne, and added the High Prairie dealership to Deerline Sales’ Barrhead and Westlock line up.
In 2009, Deerline Sales merged with Martin Equipment/Martin Motor Sports forming MMD Sales Ltd. with the John Deere side operating as Martin Deerline. Last August, Denis celebrated his 40th year with John Deere and opened the impressive new High Prairie location of Martin Deerline. He had said he was proud to have been able to ‘operate in the same environment for 40 years, although it would be great to be starting in year one again’.
Denis towered over most at 6’6” with intense eyes, a powerful handshake and deep voice. He was a keen listener, observant and a thinker – always able to see the ‘Big Picture’. He loved fun and his booming laugh was infectious.
Family, community and friends were very important to Denis. His door was always open and was the kind of guy you could go and talk to for advice. It didn’t matter the type of person you were; Denis had the gift to deal with all and make everyone feel important and heard.
‘No matter how full your life may seem, there’s always room for a couple of cups of coffee with a friend’.
On July 25, 2016, family and friends attended a celebration of Denis’s life at the High Prairie Rodeo grounds. It was a beautiful day in remembrance of a wonderful man who will be greatly missed by many.
Memorial donations may be made to: High Prairie Health Care Auxiliary Society, Box 535, High Prairie, AB TOG 1E0.
Funds will be used for equipment or projects supporting the new High Prairie Health Complex.