Kirk Nelson Memorial Fund

Kirk Nelson lived every day to the fullest.  His sense of adventure was evident in every aspect of his life, leading him to play just as hard as he worked.  His charisma and joy of life made him a magnetic personality who touched the hearts of many.

Enjoying the great outdoors was central to Kirk’s happiness, and growing up, spent countless hours in guiding camps with his dad and brothers, exploring, hiking, horse-back riding, and fishing. As a teenager, sports kept Kirk in and out of trouble while he was a force on the Sexsmith Secondary football field and on the lacrosse team. He tried saddle bronc riding and was regular feature in Wild Horse Race events at local rodeos.

Kirk had a very strong work ethic with many careers from drilling to becoming a Journeyman Welder.  Based on a solid foundation of partnership with family and friends, Kirk and his wife Marla built Sundown Oilfield Services. Even in business, Kirk’s passion for horses was evident through his chuck wagon, heavy horse, rodeo, and polo sponsorships.

Kirk lived for his family. Marla was Kirk’s one true love and together they built a home and family that Kirk cherished. He revelled in his children, Jayden, Chet, Macie and Aimee and sought every opportunity to make their life as full and adventurous as possible. Instilling the value of family and friends was important to Kirk. Horseback riding, boating, hiking, camping, fishing, traveling, sleigh rides, campfires and music were some of his favourite ways to spend time together.

Polo became Kirk’s passion later in life, following the death of his uncle Murray Sutherland. This marked a new chapter for Kirk encompassing family, friends, horses and fun. His natural abilities and horsemanship were evident, as he quickly became an influential player on the Western Canadian Polo circuit. The friends Kirk made through this sport became an extension of his polo family and offered him the opportunity to play across Canada and in Mexico. He believed strongly in the future of the Prairie Polo Club, dedicating time to teach the game to his children and others.  Before his untimely death, he began working on a plan to build new polo fields in Evergreen Park.  His family and friends hope to continue his legacy and make his vision a reality; to enhance the sport of polo in our area for generations to come.

You can make a difference in your community – not only for today but forever. When you make a donation to the Kirk Nelson Memorial Fund, we invest that gift into a permanent endowment fund and the original gift is never spent. Earnings from your gift are distributed to support your community. Donations can be made online here –  or by calling the Community Foundation of Northwestern Alberta at (780) 538-2820.


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