Carl ‘Landen’ Drew Siwallace
May 25, 1991 – November 11, 2012
On May 25, 1991, Carl, Linda, and Tisheena welcomed into this world their ‘buddy,’ ‘sunshine boy,’ and ‘bro.’
From day one, Landen was a go-getter! Many who were close to him said that he ran before he walked, and boy could he run! He was a natural in sports, and basketball was his love. He was a dedicated player and one of very few who had the leadership to carry his team as well being inspirational and sportsmanlike.
Through his love of basketball, he made a big family of friends. In 2006, Landen was chosen to represent Team BC at the North American Indigenous Games in Denver, Colorado. Landen was not just a basketball player; he was a strong supporter of the game. His dad said that Landen would drag him out to support the game (especially the Junior Girls). We all know that Landen didn’t really have to drag his father out, as Carl was his number one fan and would do just about anything for his son!
Not only was Landen a natural in sports, he was a natural in most things he tried. Landen was gifted with a guitar from his dad and it was his most prized possession. When he played his ‘six string’ he could carry a tune and those lyrics he would make up would have his audience bursting with laughter. The life of the party!
Growing up, Landen wrote stories for the Coast Mountain News. He loved drifting at Fisheries Pool, camping, hunting, and fishing with his ‘Crazy Aunties.’ Recently, he had the opportunity to dance with those ‘Crazy Aunties’ around the fire at his dad’s place.
After graduating in 2009, Landen moved to Nanaimo to attend university. It seemed that wherever he went he made friends very quickly. His infectious smile and laughter were seen, heard, and felt by everyone who came in contact with him.
As described by friends, Landen was ‘such a great guy with an open heart,’ ‘a beauty at his finest,’ ‘amazing soul,’ ‘amazing friend,’ ‘coolest dude,’ and a ‘kind heart.’
His cousin Russell remembers that when he and Landen were kids, they were inseparable. In 1996, Russell moved to Merritt, ‘Landen cried so hard like it was the end of the world on my doorstep.’ Landen was a genuine young man who had one of the biggest hearts and made everyone feel special and loved. He went out of his way to help family and friends in need. All who knew him felt his kindness.
Landen had a very special bond with his grandmother, Lillian, and he loved her immensely. When she passed Landen was devastated. He sang the song ‘Mother’ in dedication of that bond and now, forever, they will be together again.
On November 11, 2012, Landen, our ‘buddy,’ ‘sunshine boy,’ ‘white boy,’ left this world tragically. Fortunately, he left precious memories with each and every one of us. Son, Brother, Grandson, Uncle, Nephew, Cousin, Friend; you will be greatly missed but never forgotten. Until we meet again…