David Michael Ratzlaff was born in Chilliwack, B.C. on Father's Day, June 17, 1973.
He graduated from James Fowler High School, Calgary, AB in June, 1991. After a year of work and a year at Columbia Bible College, David studied art at the Alberta College of Art and Design.
He grew to love many outdoor activities such as cycling, hiking and snowshoeing. David worked at the Mona Lisa Artists' Materials, at Quickdraw Animation Society, and most recently at West Canadian Industries.
As a child and young adult, David made important faith commitments and was baptized by his father at the Salem Evangelical Church in Bridgeland. As a family, we will remember his kind and loving demeanour.
On June 5, 2014, he let his family know that he planned to hike on Saturday, June 7. Unfortunately, David slipped and had a fatal fall.
He is survived by his parents, Heinz and Edith Ratzlaff; his brother, Keith (Lidija) with sons Brandon and Joshua; his sister, Annette Matte (Marcel) with children, Ella, Thomas, and William; and sister, Julie Hoff (Dean) with children Mia and Owen. A Graveside Service will be held at Queen's Park Cemetery, Calgary on Tuesday, June 17, 2014 at 9:30 a.m. with a Memorial Service following at Highland Mennonite Brethren Church, 4018 Centre B Street N.W., Calgary, AB at 11:00 a.m.
CALGARY- A man has died in Kananaskis Country, after falling off the side of a mountain west of Calgary.
On Saturday, a conservation officer noticed an abandoned vehicle in the Opal Ridge area, which still hadn't moved by the time he went by again on Sunday.
Around the same time, someone reported finding a backpack on the ridge, sparking an aerial search and rescue.
On Monday, emergency responders spotted his body, and managed to retrieve it the next day. It's believed the victim was scrambling up the mountain alone when he fell, and his death has been deemed accidental.
The victim has been identified by co-workers as David Ratzlaff, who was an instructor with the Quickdraw Animation Society. He is being remembered as a "wonderful artist, teacher, advocate and friend, and will be missed by many."