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Memorable Manitobans: David K. “D.K.” Friesen (1910-1991)

Business executive.

Born at Altona on 26 July 1910, son of David W. Friesen and Sara Klippenstein, he was educated at the Mennonite Educational Institute. He joined the family business of D. W. Friesen and Sons, building it into a national printing establishment before his retirement in 1985. He established the Altona Echo and helped to establish the Co-operative Vegetable Oils Limited (now CSP Foods). He was also involved in radio station CFAM and its affiliates in Golden West Broadcasting, Altona Credit Union, and other local businesses. He also served on the boards of the Lower Red River Valley Water Commission, Manitoba Development Fund, and Manitoba Motor League.

On 4 July 1937, he married Mary Theresa Stobbe (c1917-2001) at Altona and they had three daughters and two sons. He was President of the Altona Chamber of Commerce and served as Mayor of Altona (1969-1975). In 1964, in recognition of his community service, he received a Manitoba Golden Boy Award.

He died at Altona on 11 February 1991 and was buried in the Altona Cemetery.

Sources:

Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“9 Golden Boys and Golden Gal,” Winnipeg Free Press, 9 November 1964.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 13 February 1991, page 39.

Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by John M. “Jack” Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

Obituary [Mary T. Friesen], Winnipeg Free Press, 31 October 2001.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 26 June 2022

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