November 19, 1997 — October 12, 2017
Dylan passed away tragically on October 12, 2017 at the age of 19. He was born in Kelowna on November 19, 1997 to Donovan and Ruth Hare (nee Kranabetter).
As a child growing up in Kelowna, Dylan loved building with Lego, drawing, making videos and animations. He spent a lot of time designing intricate competitive games to play with his sister and skateboarding with his brother. Dylan enjoyed many other sports and activities ranging from basketball, soccer, football, ski racing, wakesurfing, video games and camping.
Dylan had fond memories of attending Glenmore Elementary, KLO Middle and KSS schools in the French immersion program. At Glenmore, he is remembered for his portrayal of Linus in the school’s production of “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” Dylan practiced his leadership skills when he was chosen to be part of the Mayor’s Youth Forum at KLO. Basketball was by far Dylan’s greatest passion and he played on his school and various club teams. One of his greatest highlights was playing in the winning game of Westerns in his Grade 12 year, the first time the host KSS Owls had won in 33 years. They later went on to win bronze in the BC Provincial Championship where Dylan played despite a broken fibula.
In Grade 10, Dylan learned how to program computers and he never looked back. He spent the last two years as a software engineer working for Acro Media in Kelowna on their Minecraft server. During this time he studied Computer Science at UBC Vancouver where he was one of the youngest members of UBC’s Sport Programming Team. This year, the team came twentieth at the ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest in South Dakota, a competition that draws students from over 2,200 universities around the world.
Dylan’s charm was felt by many. He enjoyed making friends and spending his free time with people. He had an adventurous spirit and an inquisitive, sharp mind. Dylan had a strong competitive nature and was a generous teammate, whether he was playing in the pool with family, video games with friends, on the court with his teammate, or problem solving with his coding group.
In the summer before Grade 11, Dylan was baptized. Dylan’s expressions of faith as a Christian also shone from his heart for the poor and the marginalized. He had grown up in Kelowna Vineyard Church and valued the time spent helping to bring a sense of community to the people of a trailer park that was being dismantled. This continued after high school, where he played basketball and studied for a semester at Columbia Bible College in Abbotsford. As a part of one of his courses, the students helped people of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside in practical ways.
Dylan will be greatly missed by his older brother Nathan of Vancouver, his younger sister Rachel of Kelowna, his parents, his grandfathers, Tom Kranabetter of Lake Country and Carl Hare of Kelowna, and his many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, October 21st at 1:00 pm at Evangel Church, 3261 Gordon Drive, Kelowna. Should you wish to pay your last respects to Dylan, a time of visitation will precede the service from 12:00 to 12:45 pm. Should family and friends so desire, memorial donations may be made to: Hands in Service, 206-1889 Springfield Rd, Kelowna, BC V1Y 5V5 (www.handsinservice.ca/donate/dylan-hare/).
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Should you wish to pay your last respects to Dylan, a time of visitation will precede the service from 12:00 to 12:45 pm. at Evangel Church(3261 Gordon Drive, Kelowna, BC)
Saturday, October 21st at 1:00 pm
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The service for HARE, Dylan is scheduled for Saturday, October 21st at 1:00 pm. Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.