John Deyholos was an Alberta Land Surveyor
John was born and raised in Manitoba. He moved to Calgary and
received his training as a land surveyor at SAIT. He was respected
in his profession and was a past president of Alberta Land
Surveyors’ Association. John was also very active in the Church of
Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. John had a unique personality and
a great sense of humour.
John worked for the Department of Highways for many years and
established his own company, Frontier Survey Services Inc., in
During his career, he served on the Association’s Registration
Committee, Discipline Committee, and Practice Committee, to name
just a few.
Upon his passing, Clayton Bruce
wrote the following:
I first met John in the fall of
when we entered the Land Surveying Course at the Provincial
Institute of Technology and Art (now SAIT). It was a tough go for a
couple of farm boys. We studied together some, which helped.
At the end of the first year, we took jobs with the BC Forest
Service. John worked on road construction of logging roads. He
stayed on all that year and returned to SAIT in the fall of
receiving his diploma in
He returned to the Forest Service for a year, then found employment
with Alberta Transportation in Calgary where I also was employed.
John articled to Albert Tonsoo, ALS and worked on highway boundary
surveys. He received his Dominion Land Surveyor commission in April
and his Alberta Land Surveyor’s commission on June 13th of that same
John worked on road surveys in the Lethbridge and Crowsnest Pass
areas. He also worked on control surveys in the Zama Lake area.
John served as assistant director, Property Services Branch of
Alberta Transportation and president of the ALSA in
He worked for Stanley and Associates in Edmonton and Calgary and for
Canadian Engineering Surveys.
He operated his own practice in Calgary, Frontier Surveys Services
Inc., until his passing. John was a member of the ALSA Registration
and Discipline committees. He was also one of the founding members
J.H. Holloway Scholarship Foundation.
During our years with Alberta Transportation we, for the most part,
did our field work in the summer and finalized our plans during the
winter months. We had a hockey team and John was the goaltender.
John and I often talked about our early life on the farm. John came
from a farm in Beulah, Manitoba and I from Forestburg, Alberta. Farm
life was pretty well the same, that is except for the rats in
Manitoba. John had a great story on this.
As a background to the story, farm families would spend most of the
daylight hours working in the fields and would return home in the
evening. After supper, they would light up the coal oil lanterns and
go out to feed the livestock and milk the cows. It was indeed a
great event when power was installed. Most farms had a yard light
which could be turned on and off as needed by a switch in the farm
house. John said when they turned the yard light on they could see
rats scurrying everywhere. A short time later, he and his dad went
to an auction sale and bought a gunny sack full of cats for their
farm. John remarked that a few months later when they turned on the
yard light, they could see cats scurrying everywhere.
John passed away on January 9,
He was a good member of the Association and was always willing when
called upon for help or advice. I will sure miss him.