Alan Rene Vanthuyne
February 26, 1972 – May 22, 2023
Alan Rene Vanthuyne, aged 51 years, passed away peacefully with his wife by his side in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan on Monday, May 22, 2023.
Alan was born in Regina, on February 26, 1972, to Dennis and Edith Vanthuyne of Simpson, Saskatchewan. Alan was the oldest of three children and was the perfect big brother in every aspect to his brother, Darin, and sister, Dana, who were one and six years younger. Alan grew up in Simpson and had all the adventures that a small-town boy could have. Simpson was a hockey town and Alan played every age level in Simpson including Senior hockey. The highlight of his hockey days was winning the Midget Provincial Championships in 1990 with a combined team from Simpson, Imperial, Liberty, and Holdfast. Alan was instrumental in this win, scoring a hat trick in the first game of the final series. He was also a talented ball player, mostly whipping the ball across the diamond from third base. He played ball in Watrous, Liberty, Nokomis, and Lockwood.
Alan graduated from Simpson High School in 1990 and attend SIAST in Moose Jaw, graduating with a Business Administration diploma. He then completed a Business degree at the University of Regina in 1996. Alan started his career in the financial industry working for the Bank of Montreal, then MemberCare and finished it as an online broker with Toronto Dominion Securities
In 1999 Alan met Tanya Herman from Colonsay, Saskatchewan. Their love deepened quickly and in 2000 they were married. Their son Chayce was born in 2000 and was followed by his sister Brin in 2005. Alan’s love for family was clear in the upbringing that he and Tanya provided for their kids. Whether it was coaching and watching ball games or cheering at dance competitions, they were a constant presence. Alan was so proud of his children and encouraged them to be whatever they wanted and to always strive for happiness. As a family, they enjoyed many family vacations together and always gathered great memories on each trip.
In February 2001, Alan was sworn in as a Constable with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (Regimental #48312) and he and Tanya moved their family to his first posting of Smeaton, Saskatchewan. He continued his law enforcement career in Regina, Moose Jaw, Lake Louise (Alberta), then back to Regina. With his work ethic and a diverse skill set to the RCMP, he worked both uniform and plainclothes, and rose quickly to the rank of Sergeant and Detachment Commander. In 2013 Alan was presented with the St. John Ambulance Life-saving Award for saving the life of a person in distress while he was on duty. In November 2016, Alan retired from the RCMP to work as a special investigator with SGI, where again he excelled at his job and was a valuable member of the SIU team.
Alan had many passions and one included staying fit through both weightlifting and running which was a benefit as he also really loved Tanya’s cooking. Alan and Tanya entered some races and always crossed the finish line together. They also became regular workout buddies in the home gym. Their shared passion for fitness gave them another connection and allowed them to spend more time together. They recently acquired more dogs and while Alan was not a fan of bringing 4 dogs into the home, he grew to love them very much and enjoyed all the antics and joy they brought him. Alan also loved to spend time at the family cabin at Greenwater, hunting and fishing with friends and family.
Alan and Tanya started spending more time in the BC mountains in the last few years, in anticipation of retirement. They often spent time hiking, kayaking, skiing or just walking the dogs and talking about what their next chapter would look like. Alan also loved spending time in Las Vegas with his brother, Darin and travelling with his kids. These trips were always a highlight of Alan’s, and he truly enjoyed them.
Alan’s love of family was evident in everything he did. He listened far more than he talked and invested his time and interest in every person he encountered. Alan was also very funny and had an ability to make every person he talked to feel good about themselves. Any time spent with Alan was good for the soul.
Alan lost his battle with cancer, but he never let it beat him. After his diagnosis and during his battle, he was always the most upbeat and positive person in the room. His two most common expressions were “It’s all good” and “don’t worry about me”.
Alan is survived by: his wife, Tanya, his children Chayce and Brin; his parents, Dennis and Edith; his siblings Darin (Jeanette) Vanthuyne, and Dana (Wayne) Stephens; his nieces and nephews Dallas, Dylan, Jaylin, Savanna, and Cody; his father and mother in law Merv and Barb Herman; brother in law Tyler (Ruby) Herman and many aunts, uncles, and cousins. He is predeceased by his grandparents Harry and Helen Vanthuyne (McDade) and Peter and Anna Donison (Rodger).
A private family celebration of life will be arranged at a later date, but everyone who knew Alan is encouraged to celebrate his life in their own way. Smile and laughter are encouraged, as we all know Alan would want it that way. He was only happy when everyone around him was happy.
Memorial donations in Alan’s name may be made to Moose Jaw Humane Society Box 1658 Station Main Moose Jaw, SK S6H 7K7.
To leave online condolences and tributes, please visit the Moose Jaw Funeral Home website.
Arrangements are entrusted to Moose Jaw Funeral Home, 268 Mulberry Lane. Gary McDowell, Funeral Director 306-693-4550
We are thankful for the time we got to spend together. We were always in a group at weddings, reunions or hockey. There were always laughter and stories! Lyndon and Trent appreciate the time they got to spend fishing together. Alan memories will always be of good times. We are sad and sorry for your loss! Our hearts hurt for all of you!
My sincere condolences to the entire Vanthuyne family. I knew Alan as a fellow Member and as brother to Darin, with whom I worked for several years. I know from my relationship with Darin, how much Alan was loved as a brother and that family was everything to him. I am so sorry for your loss.
Tanya & family: Al & I would like to express our deepest condolences in the loss of your beloved Alan! Remember the good times.
I am so sorry to hear about this. My heart goes out to Tanya and her children at this time.
Sending giant hugs and smiles to you all. Alan lit up the room with his giant smiles always.
I first met Alan in a professional capacity as Corporal with the RCMP. He was the consummate professional and the detachment never ran better than when he was there.
Was so very fortunate to forge a friendship with him outside of work that ended up including our wives and children.
Alan always greeted us with
smile and the first thing he would ask was how our son was doing. That’s just the kind of person he was. More interested in how others were doing than himself. He was one in a million and we will miss him so much.
Our thoughts are with you Tanya Chayce and Brin.
Our condolences to you and your family may your memories bring you and your family comfort
Very sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you
Bob and Bev
My condolences to the families
I am deeply saddened to learn of Alan’s passing. My sincere condolences to the whole family.
I am so so sorry to hear of Alan’s passing. Sending hugs and prayers to your family.
My warmest sympathy to you Tanya and family in your loss of Allan, he was so young .
My thoughts and prayers are with you
I have never met Alan. However this beautifully written certainly caught my eye I spent 36 years in the RCMP and lo lot if my service was in Saskatchewan where I met Alan’s father Dennis He hosted many duck hunters and seemed to know every pothole around Simpson as he was the Co-op fuel truck drive. Many good times with Dennis in the late 90s My condolences to Dennis and family, especially those closest to Alan. Rest in peace brother. Gone far too soon
Tanya, Chayce and Brin. I’m so sorry for you great loss of your husband and father. I know he meant the world to you. My condolences to you.
So SORRY to hear about Alan – our thoughts are with you and your family.
Jan and Lorne
So very sorry Tanya and family in the loss of Alan. Hold on real tight to the great memories and the love and enjoyment that Alan blessed you with. He fought hard.
Hugs to you, Bob snd Linda Brattan
Tanya and family, my prayers and thoughts are with you during this very difficult time. Treasure all the beautiful memories.
Dear Edith, Dennis and family. Don and I are so sorry to hear of the passing of Alan. Our heart breaks for the sadness you are going through! I remember our visits when the boys were very young. Please know our thoughts are with you!
We are very sorry to hear about your husband Alan’s passing. Our sincere condolences to you Tanya and your family
My sincere condolences to Tanya and the family during this sad, difficult time.
I am deeply sorry to hear about the passing of Alan. He was my troopmate and friend. When someone dedicated to serving leaves us it’s felt by the whole community and is a tremendous loss. Of course, someone like Alan never really leaves us completely…. his spirit lives on in the countless lives he has touched.
With my deepest sympathy,
Scotty Schumann – Troop 20
I am so sorry to hear of Alan’s passing. Thinking of you, Chayce and Brin
I am so sorry to hear of Alan’s passing. My sincere condolences to the Vanthuyne family. Alan was a few weeks ahead of me in training with the RCMP. Our paths crossed many times while he was posted in Saskatchewan and I guess since we both were small town Saskatchewan boys a connection was easily made. From the first time I met Alan I knew he was a stand up guy. His smile and easy going nature was a quality that I admired. He always was willing to lend an ear when needed and talk things through with. I will always remember Alan and the times we met.
We are deeply sorry to hear of your loss. May you find strength to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your heart. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
I am saddened to hear about Alan passing. I first met Alan when I began my career with the RCMP in 2012. His positive attitude, kindness, knowledge made me a better person. The world just lost an exceptional human being. My sincere condolences to his family.
Thinking of you all at this sad time … Alan was indeed one of a kind and will be missed so very much LOVE FROM AUNTY ❤️
Tanya, I am so sorry for your heartbreaking loss of Alan. My deepest sympathies to you and your kids.
I’m so very sad to hear of Alan’s passing , my sincere condolences to all of Alan’s family .
Alan was the best of the best. I was fortunate to spend several years working with Alan at Moose Jaw RCMP Detachment, and then commuting with him to “F” Div Headquarters in Regina. Alan exemplified the Core values of the RCMP both at work, and in his personal life. Honesty, Integrity, Professionalism, Compassion, Accountability and Respect was just who he was in every aspect of his life. A true gem of a man whom I am so proud and fortunate to have called my friend. My heart aches for a man taken from us way too soon… Rest in peace my brother… You were an inspiration to so many, and will be profoundly missed by all of us. Deepest condolences to Tanya, Chayce, Brin, Dennis, Edith, Darren, and the entire family.
I am so sorry to hear of Alan’s passing. I never met Alan, but heard many amazing things about him from colleagues, including Darin. My sincere condolences to Darin and to all of Alan’s family.