We are deeply saddened to learn that industry pioneer Chester Mjolsness passed away last week at the age of 101.
Chester was raised on the family farm west of Sundre where he learned the value of hard work, honesty and integrity – lessons he carried throughout his long and prosperous life. Along with his brother Lloyd, Chester owned and operated M & M Farming, but his real love was in the logging industry. First operating as Mjolsness Bros. Ltd. in Sundre, Chester founded Spray Lake Sawmills – first in Canmore and then in its current location in Cochrane. Chester always said “If you find a job you love, you will never have to work a day in your life”. Guided by his values and keen business sense, Spray Lake evolved into the major employer and great corporate citizen it is today. Sustainability and technology were always priorities for Chester. This vision culminated with the creation of Top Spray and achievement of 100% resource utilization. After Chester sold the business to his son Barry in 1980 he began an exciting retirement. Never one to slow down, Chester spent the next thirty years pursuing his passion for hunting, and traveling to exotic locations around the world.
Chester served on the AFPA board. He and his brother, Lloyd, were both awarded lifetime Honorary Membership in 1985.
From all of us at AFPA, our condolences to the Mjolsness family and the team at Spray Lake.