Louis Taylor Latimer
It is with great sadness that the Latimer family announce the passing of Louis Taylor Latimer on December 21, 2010, following a brief illness.
Louis is survived by his loving wife Jean, their children Linda (Doug Henderson), Gary (Jacci), Marlene (Ian Harvie) Nancy Latimer, Bryan (Annette) and Elaine (Greg Urwin), 22 grand children and 14 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his sister Mary (Jim Buzzard) , brother Marvin (Mary) and sister-in law, Jeannie Latimer and predeceased by two brothers Carroll and Norval.
Louis was born on February 13, 1923 on the family farm near Bowden, AB. He attended the Nesbit School and at the same time started his business career by trapping weasels, muskrat and coyotes until he had enough money to buy a Shorthorn heifer, which started a fabulous career of breeding purebred seedstock in four breeds, Shorthorn, Polled Hereford, Gelbvieh and Angus.
Louis married Jean Winter on December 3, 1945. Their marriage was a partnership in both love and business. Together they raised six children and successfully built the Remitall herd.
In 1954, Louis and his brother Carroll formed a partnership that continued for twenty years. When they dissolved their partnership in 1976, he formed a partnership with his two sons, Gary and Bryan.
During the period 1960 to 1972 Louis & Jean, Carroll & Jeannie purchased the John Deere business “GreenLine” in Olds.
Louis was very active in the Olds Agricultural Society, and twice had the honor of being President. Louis was active on many different boards, including the Calgary Stampede, Canadian Hereford and Shorthorn Associations.
Louis has received numerous awards during the years including: Hall of Fame at NILE Exhibition 1979 (Billings, MT); Canadian Livestock Man of the Year 1987 (Denver, CO); American Shorthorn Association " Builder of the Breed" (Omaha, NB); Canadian Hereford Association Honor Roll 1988; Alberta Angus Association Breeder of the Year; County of Mountain View Family Farm Award. Honored as a Pioneer by the Beef Improvement Federation on July 3rd, 2008. The Remitall name and its bloodlines are known world-wide and have made great contributions to the cattle industry.
Louis strongly believed in his family and attended many 4-H shows, Junior Livestock shows, hockey, soccer games and many other events to show his support. He was always willing to share his knowledge of life with both his family and friends.
To celebrate Louis’ life we will gather at the Trans Canada Theatre in the Fine Arts Building, the new CLC Center immediately south of the Olds College, 1:00 PM December 29, 2010.
In lieu of flowers please send donations to the Canadian Cancer Society, or Olds Health Care Centre or charity of your choice.