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BOBYN, David

September 4, 1964 — July 13, 2023

We are saddened to announce the sudden passing of Dr. David William Bobyn on July 13, 2023.  David was born to Dr. Patrick and Holly Bobyn in Saskatoon, SK on September 4, 1964, a birthdate he shared with his identical twin brother Donald. The twins, David and Donald, were the youngest of five boys in the Bobyn family.  David moved to Kelowna, BC with his family in 1976 and attended Dorothea Walker Elementary School and OKM High School, where he graduated in 1982. He went on to attend the University of Saskatchewan and graduated with distinction from the College of Dentistry, earning a Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) degree in 1993.

David moved back to the Okanagan after graduation from Dental College. He embarked on a long and rewarding dental career, first working as an associate with his good friend and life-long mentor, Dr. Ian Leitch. Soon afterward, he opened his own dental practice, the Glenvalley Dental Centre. Together with Chelsea Cross, Angela Laverdiere, and the rest of his dedicated staff, David and his team established a vibrant and fun dental practice that delivered quality dental health to many patients over almost 30 years.  He was particularly proud of the latest technology and innovations he incorporated into his practice, and was always seeking ways to improve his patients’ experience. David absolutely loved practising dentistry and valued the special relationships he established with his staff and patients.

David had numerous colleagues and close friends, with whom he diligently maintained life-long relationships. He relished his time spent with his pals Jack McEachnie and Scott Ferguson, and he was always quick to sign up for an adventure or escapade with them.  One of David’s greatest passions was landscaping and gardening in his backyard; he often enlisted the help of his extensive network of friends and family to help him build a pizza oven, a built-in barbeque, fire pits, and several other features. With his brother Larry, he would often spend weekends gathering enormous rocks from the hills around Kelowna to use in his landscape designs.

Above all else, David cherished his two children, Dana and Steven. They were the focal point of his life, and he was intimately involved in their lives, from birth to adulthood. This was his greatest joy. David was always excited to share stories of Dana and Steven’s accomplishments and achievements, and took great delight in sharing videos and pictures of them. He worked tirelessly to be a good father to Dana and Steven, and he was so proud of them as they were growing up and proud of the wonderful people they have become.

David is survived by his two children, Dana (Cameron) and Steven; his mother, Holly Anne; siblings Michael (Valerie), Larry (Holly), and Marty (Charlene), together with numerous nieces and nephews.  He is also survived by Martina, the mother of Dana and Steven.  David was predeceased by his father, Dr. Patrick Bobyn, in 1992 and his twin brother Donald in 2022.

David was laid to rest in a private family memorial service held on July 28, 2023. Details regarding the celebration of David’s life will be announced at a later date.

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