McKENZIE, Dean Morrison
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A kid from the village; the jazz poet.
Dean McKenzie, 72, passed away peacefully on Monday, February 4, 2013, at the University of Alberta Hospital.
Dean was born in Yorkton, Saskatchewan, on June 15, 1940, the son of the late Earl and Irene McKenzie (nee: Dean). A move to Hubbard, Saskatchewan as a boy led to his great fondness for the prairies, as expressed in much of his writing. He earned his degree in Education from the University of Alberta in 1963 and, as a teacher at M.E. LaZerte for 25 years, inspired countless students until he retired in 1996.
Known among Edmonton's arts community as "The Jazz Poet," Dean shared his poetry in many of the city's venues. His writing has been featured in books, CDs, public radio and award-winning short films. The muse and a guitar accompanied him through life.
He was predeceased by his parents, brother- in-law Bryan Kujaneck, and many relatives and friends.
Dean will forever remain in the hearts of his wife Elana Aaserud of St. Albert, Alberta; his former wife Bea McKenzie; his daughter Trish (Adrien) Lemoine and son Todd McKenzie; step-daughter Kara Aaserud and step-son Graeme Aaserud; sisters Maureen and Linda McKenzie; seven grandchildren Skye, Jasper, Jake, Chelsea, Kate, Evan and Everleigh; many cousins, nephews, nieces; constant companions Falkor, Fax and Focus; and countless friends, poets, artists, musicians, teachers and students.
A Celebration of his life will be held Friday, February 22, 2013 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Chateau Louis Hotel & Conference Centre at 11727 Kingsway Avenue N.W. in the Grand Ballroom.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Kidney Foundation of Canada at 202, 11227 Jasper Avenue N.W., Edmonton, AB, T5K 0L5.
Published in The Edmonton Journal from Feb. 14 to Feb. 16, 2013