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HARE, Dylan

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.
Evangel Church
(3261 Gordon Drive, Kelowna, BC)

Saturday, October 21st at 1:00 pm

Evangel Church

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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.

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Evangel Church

3261 Gordon Drive Kelowna, BC


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  • Louise & Kerry Myers says:

    Ruth and Donovan and family, it was with much sadness that we learned of Dylan’s death. We send you our deepest sympathy and our love and prayers. We know God will comfort you and bring you through this difficult time. His love endures forever.
    Praying God’s peace for you all.
    Lou and Kerry

  • Emily Lane says:

    I got to know Dylan when he asked me to be his date to an event last March and had the opportunity to see what an intelligent, genuine person he was. He shared with me his dreams of working for Google and spoke so passionately about coding. I was struck by his combination of ambition and humility, despite all that he had achieved. I will always remember what a gentleman he was and extend my deepest condolences to his family and friends.

  • Helen Hume says:

    To Mr and Mrs Hare, Nathan and Rachel, I am thinking of you all at this difficult time…My daughter Marilyn has known Dylan since Kindergarten and was a schoolmate all the way through to Graduation…She remembers the day he called her “ponytail girl” in grade 6…He had a spark for life that flared too soon..i am sorry for your loss…May God bless you..

  • Braydon Holloway says:

    It was such a heartbreaking day when we all heard the terrible news, but Dylan will live on with us all through the amazing memories he left along the way. I have never met anyone who could light up a room the way he did just by walking in. He was such a positive and caring friend to everyone he met and would never fail to put a smile on anyone’s face. It was effortless for him. The amount of people that were shocked and heartbroken by the news, just goes to show the impact he left on everyone’s life. In this tragic event, all of his friends have gotten together to share their memories and good times with such a wonderful person that will have a place in their hearts until the end of time. It’s awful to think that something like this could have ever happened, but I know he would be so happy to know how we all came together to celebrate his life, and I know that he knows he will be dearly missed by so many.

    All he ever wanted was for everyone to have fun and enjoy life. He helped me through so much during our amazing friendship, and the way he took on his life forever changed the way I will take on mine. I remember he once said to me “Why should I be upset or mad about anything that happens to me, all I’m doing is hurting myself by not getting over it. What’s done is done, I can either grow from it as a person and let bygones be bygones, or I can let it eat me up inside and live with those negative thoughts and feelings for the rest of my life. What good does that do for anyone.” Those thoughts he shared with me a couple years ago have guided me into a lifestyle I have no one to thank except for him. Now whenever something happens that makes me feel angry or sad, I always say to myself, “What’s done is done, what can I do to learn or grow from this to become a better person?” and it’s all because of that one little conversation we had together. It may not have been much for him to share that with me, but the way he put it so simply has forever changed my life. He has had such an influence on the man I have become today, and I will always be eternally thankful to him for that.

    He was such an intelligent young man with the brightest of futures ahead of him and I consider myself the luckiest man to ever exist because I was fortunate enough to call him a best friend. There are not many people you’ll meet in your life that you know will always have a place in your heart, but Dylan was one of those exceptions for so many of his friends. He was like a third brother to me and I will always consider him as such. Growing up with him in elementary school and middle school, I always used to be so jealous of Dylan. It just seemed like he had everything figured out, he didn’t have a care in the world and everyone loved him. I envied him, I wanted to be him, I always wanted to know what it would be like to walk a day in his shoes. It always seemed like every girl I was ever interested in was interested in Dylan, but that wasn’t the case. It wasn’t just the girls I had had a crush on that were into him, it was literally every girl that knew him that had a crush on him. He was so charming and such a quick thinker. I witnessed him, on so many occasions, send groups of people into tears of joy from laughing so hard, and I’ve never heard so many of the same compliments been giving to one person, “Dylan is the funniest person I’ve ever met, it actually hurts he makes me laugh so hard!” Majority of the time, he wasn’t even around to hear those remarks, so you know that they were genuine compliments and those people actually meant it.

    For our grade 9 trip to Cathedral Lakes we had a group of 4 in our tent, myself, Dylan, Ben Hanley, and Ben Dojohn, and our campsite was the place to be. We would all hangout outside our tent by the campfire and all the other groups would come to join. All everyone wanted was to witness the incredible Dylan Hare do his thing and entertain us all. And entertain us he did. Hours on hours of laughter around the campfire for everyone that was on the trip with us, and after we were told to go to our tents and get to sleep, our tent stayed very much awake. We would be laughing, telling jokes and telling stories without a care in the world. The teachers campsites were far enough away that they couldn’t hear us, so we would be talking and laughing so loud for so long it got to the point that the girls from our neighbouring campsite started throwing sticks at our tent and yelling at us to shut up because they couldn’t sleep. It was hard not to talk all night. When you were with Dylan, all you did was laugh and have the best time, it’s the only thing you were able to do with him in your presence. So sleeping didn’t seem like an option for us at the time. I will never forget how tired we were on our last day there, after sleeping for so little time in the three days we spent on that mountain. On our last day we had about an hour and a half long truck ride to get back to the bottom where we’d get picked up by our parents, and it was the bumpiest truck ride I’ve ever been on. Against all odds though, the bumps and jerking around managed put Dylan to sleep in everyone’s amazement. No one could understand how it was possible to sleep through it. He would be bouncing up and down on his seat, getting thrown side to side between myself and whoever was sitting on his left. Everyone thought it was so funny, and when he woke up, they asked him how he did it and he said, “It was soothing being bumped around like that. I was dreaming that I was flying through the air like a plane and it just felt like turbulence.” It just went to show you that even when he was asleep, he was making people around him laugh and have a good time. That’s who he was.

    In a time as tough as this, I still find myself looking back on the conversations I’ve had with Dylan over the years to get me through it. One of the coolest and most interesting things he has ever told me, was shortly after his grandmother passed. I knew that they were really close, they lived in the same house and I remember his grandma, being an actress, coming to help us out in grade 6 with our Charlie Brown Christmas play, where Dylan played the role of Linus. The night of the show, his grandma fell ill and couldn’t be there to see it, and I remember seeing him pretty upset and I asked if he was okay and he just said he was alright and that he didn’t want to talk about it. She was alright after that, she lived on for several years. Fast forward to a few years back when she passed away and he told me the unfortunate news. I instantly thought back to the night of that play when he found out his grandma wasn’t doing well, and how heartbroken he was that she didn’t get to see him portray the role of Linus. I told him how sorry I was to hear about his loss, and asked if he was okay. He said to me, “Yeah I’m okay. I’m honestly not even that sad, my personal views on death are very different from most people. It’s been really tough on my parents and yeah, I mean it sucks that I won’t ever get to see her again, but I’m not really sad that she’s gone. She’s in heaven now, and heaven is the best place anyone could ever imagine, it’s your reward after life. So why should I be upset that she’s now in the best place ever. It would be selfish of me to wish she were back here on earth, taking her away from her that.” What he said to me that day, is the only reason I’ve been able to get by this past week. You know someone has had a very special impact on your life when the only words that can comfort you after losing him are his own. I honestly believe he is having the best time up there right now, being reunited with his grandma whom he loved so much.

    Dylan, we will all see you up there someday, but you will be remembered down here forever as the funniest, nicest, and most caring person we ever knew and ever will. This is not farewell, this is until I see you again. With much love, we miss you so much Dylan.

  • Colin, Trish, Tanis and Regan Metcalfe says:

    Dear Ruth, Donovan, Rachael and Nathan,

    From our family to yours, please accept our heart felt condolences for your loss. Words cannot express our sorrow for you all at this time. Please know that you are in our thoughts and our prayers. Also know that you have many friends you can lean on as your begin to find your way through these difficult times. Don’t hesitate to reach out if there is anything that we might be able to do to help lighten your burden.

    Blessings from the Metcalfe family

  • Cliff and Olive Ulrich says:

    Dear Ruth , Don and Carl,
    When Garnet e-mailed us about Dylan`s passing we were totally shocked and so saddened—–partly because it just wasn`t really sinking in; but more than that we suddenly realized how painful this must be for the whole Hare family. To have a young person with such promise in life taken so soon causes unbelievable grief. We send our deepest sympathy to you all as you work your way through this difficult time. May God give you strength and peace.

  • Provenzano family says:

    Ruth, Donovan, Nathan and Rachel,
    We are very saddened to hear of your lose of Dylan. You are all in our thoughts.
    Jennifer, Wayne, Scott and Liza Provenzano

  • Katy says:

    To Dylan’s family and friends,
    I’m deeply heartbroken for your tragic loss. My son knows Dylan from UBC. Words escape me, but I wanted you to know that even people you have never met are praying for you.

  • Rudy and Hazel Ziegler says:

    When Caroline told us about your loss we were so shocked, the lost of a loved one is so hard to bear, time and memories will get you all through this and your faith and Love of God will be by your side. May God be with you in your time of need our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Our deepest condolences from Rudy & Hazel Ziegler.

  • Randy and VALERIE Demman says:

    Donovan,RUTH and family,
    We are truly heart broken for you all, our prayers are with and for you at this time.

  • Ana Moldovan says:

    I realize this post is a bit late… However I would like to share some of my memories with Dylan Hare.
    I first met Dylan at Glenmore Elementary where he was the Linus to my Lucy in our gr. 6 Charlie Brown Christmas play. I have to admit I had always had a little crush on dylan since then. I had a soft spot for those dimples. There was a few times a small group of us would get together after school and play basketball. Although he was 10x better than I was, he inspired me. All through high school I admired Dylan mostly from a distance since we werent always part of the same friend group. My dad also was friends with his mom and when he attended our high school boys basketball games, Dylan was always the one cheered for. My last memory I have of Dylan Hare was when he came to one of my parties I threw near the end of grade 12. I remember him coming up to me and saying it was a great party and we talked about being in Charlie Brown together… Then he went pee in my backyard bushes…
    I am sorry my post is a couple days late Dylan. I cannot believe you are gone. I really wish I had gotten to know you better. However, I am very lucky and happy to have had the experiences I had with you. I will forever be a fan.

  • Maggie Moldovan says:

    Dear Ruth, Donovan, Nathan and Rachel,

    I wish to extend my deepest condolences to all of you during this extremely difficult time. Although I did not know Dylan personally, I remember when he played Linus in grade 6, when my daughter, Ana Moldovan, played Lucy. I do remember he was an extremely talented, smart, and adorable boy. My daughter, Madeline Moldovan, has been going to school with Rachel since kindergarten, so our family paths have definitely crossed over the years.

    From family to family, heart to heart, my thoughts and prayers are with all of you. You are not alone. You have a beautiful angel watching over all of you.

    With love to you all,
    Maggie Moldovan

  • Maggie Moldovan says:

    Dear Ruth, Donovan, Nathan and Rachel,

    I wish to extend my deepest, heartfelt condolences to your family at this extremely difficult time. Although I did not know Dylan personally, I remember when he played Linus in the grade 6 Charlie Brown play, when my daughter, Ana Moldovan, played Lucy. I do remember Dylan to be an extremely talented, smart, adorable boy. My daughter, Madeline Moldovan, has gone to school with Rachel since kindergarten. Our family paths have definitely crossed over the years.

    From family to family, heart to heart, our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. You are not alone. You have a beautiful angel watching over you.

    With love to you all,
    Maggie Moldovan

  • Karen West says:

    Dear Donovan, Ruth, Nathan & Rachel; Uncle Carl; Kevin; Moira & Families

    We were so saddened and grief stricken to hear the news of Dylan’s passing. We hadn’t seen Dylan since he was a small child but from the stories you shared when in Provost, Donovan, and reading about him, he sounded like a truly outstanding young man who had touched many, many lives with his kind and warm spirit. He will be deeply missed by many but none as deeply as all of you who loved him the most. We don’t have adequate words to express the depth of the sorrow we feel for your loss. Just know that we hold all of you close to our hearts and in our thoughts and prayers now and will in the days and times to come.

    May you find comfort in your many shared memories of Dylan and strength in the love of family and friends.

    With much love from the Angeltvedts,
    Ron, Rick, Kelvin, Karen, Mike, Mel & Families

  • Brenda Penner (me) says:

    Dear Donovan and family,
    Your sadness and loss are shared by so many. Know that you are loved, remembered and that Dylan will never, ever be forgotten.
    Much love, Brenda and Family

  • Sandra Landry says:

    Ruth, Donovan, Nathan, and Rachel
    I was deeply saddened to hear of Dylan’s passing. I will fondly remember him at KLO as a confident, ambitious and talented young man – with a smile on his face. A tragic loss. Our deepest sympathies. We will keep you in our prayers.

  • Mona Figueira (formerly Butz) says:

    Dear Donovan, Ruth, Nathan and Rachel,
    My heart is heavy and painful as I learn of your loss. I am so sorry. You are a lovely family. I feel reassured that because of that very thing, you will find strength. Love to you all.

  • Richard Clarke says:

    Our prayers and sincerest condolences. Know that Dylan is in the arms of our saviour. May Gods word provide some comfort to your family through thus traguc event. Our family is praying for you all. Isaiah 6:8 . The Clarke’s Chilliwack

  • Geoffrey Tien says:

    To the family of Dylan Hare,
    A year has passed and Dylan is on my mind, and I am certain that you still feel his loss each day.. I was one of Dylan’s instructors at UBC when I received the news of his passing, and wanted to share my experiences with him.
    I never knew his name until I received an e-mail from the school notifying me of the sad news, but I looked up his record on my roster and the face was immediately familiar. I had only interacted with him a handful of times, but it was enough to make a strong impression, and each time went the same way: after class, Dylan would approach me to ask some questions about the material of the day’s lesson. The questions were relatively easy for me to answer – not because they were trivial, but because Dylan asked them in such an organized way that showed me he had thought about the concepts very carefully before asking, and more just wanted me to confirm what he had already figured out for himself. So I would answer him, and he would simply say “thank you” with that kind of smile of genuine appreciation that reaches directly to your heart, and leave. The first time, I was struck with his curious personality. By the second time, I knew that this young man was truly special.
    Every year, I teach up to a thousand different students. I will never remember the vast majority of them. But in those few, brief encounters with Dylan, he was impressed upon me as an outstanding, bright star. It was my pleasure to have him in my class, and I am still saddened that I will never have a chance to see him learn and grow.
    You have my deepest sympathies and will be in my thoughts and in my heart,
    -Geoffrey Tien

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