Jason Edward Barthel

24/08/1972 - 04/02/2023


Obituary For Jason Edward Barthel

We mourn the loss of Jason Edward Barthel, who passed in a tragic car accident on the morning of February 4th, 2023 at age 50 near his home in Grande Prairie, Alberta.

Born on August 24, 1972, in Athabasca, Alberta, Jason spent his life striking up conversations with everyone he met and enjoying every opportunity he got to experience new things and places. His family was his world and though he was often away working as an equipment operator, he never stopped thinking about them, as evidenced by the innumerable trinkets and souvenirs he would bring back with him. He loved nothing more than to make people laugh. As countless family members and friends can attest, he was always willing to go out of his way to help someone. His unique style of creativity ensured that he had a list of projects that grew ever larger, resulting in both treasured handmade gifts and mountains of supplies (the latter much to his wife’s annoyance). Though he did not get to live out his dream of building and living in a cabin in the Yukon Territories, during some of the last few years of his life he was lucky enough to experience the wonders of the place while mining gold in the area. Two of Jason’s greatest achievements were his two beautiful children Bethany and Eric. He loved every moment being their “Papa.” Everyone that saw him with them knew they were the apple of his eye and he was so proud to be their father. Jason wanted the best for his kids, and showed them that they could achieve whatever they put their minds to—that no matter what obstacles they were faced with, there was always a way to overcome them. He strived to give them the world, and teach them everything to get through it.

He leaves behind a beloved wife of 10 years, Mrs. Chantelle Barthel, and his two children, Bethany and Eric Barthel. He is also survived by his mother Marie Payea Gurbacs Closs; father Ed (Marg) Barthel; inlaws Debby and Sonney Cyr; his siblings Rose (Nip) McClanaghan, Kelly (Shirley) Barthel, Karl (Sonya) Barthel, Ashley (Jason) Miller and Brittany (Shamus) Cyr/Miller; his nephews Donald (Brandy), Sean (Tazara), Beau (Rana), Kym (Kelsey), Chad (Giang), Adam (Laurissa), Hunter, and David-Patrick; niece Darryllynn (Willy); and many cousins, great nieces, and great nephews.

Jason was predeceased by his grandmothers Margaret Payea and Betty Barthel, stepfather Steve Gurbacs, and numerous aunts and uncles.

A service will be held in person at Bear Creek Funeral Home in Grande Prairie (11802 99 Ave.) on Thursday, February 16th, 2023, at 11:00 AM and live-streamed for those family members and friends who are unable to make the trip (livestream link will be added below for your convenience).

The family asks that if you wish to make a donation in Jason’s name, it be done to Dogs with Wings 11343 174 Street NW Edmonton, AB T5S 0B7, Phone Number (780)944-8011

Care entrusted to Bear Creek Funeral Home 780-830-7742


16 Feb


11:00 AM

Bear Creek Funeral Home 11802 99 Ave Grande Prairie, AB T8W 0C7 Get Directions »
by Obituary Assistant

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  • 02/16/2023

    Chantel, Bethany and Eric. So very sorry for your loss and what a beautiful celebration of life. Your entire family are and will be in my prayers.

  • 02/16/2023

    Chantelle, Bethany and Eric, We are so sorry for your loss. Wishing you peace during this difficult time. Such beautiful memories you shared on the slide show.

  • 02/16/2023

    Chantelle, Bethany and Eric U are in our thoughts and prayers . The Celebration of Life was absolutely beautiful. Aunty Shirley and family.

  • 02/16/2023

    Chantelle, Bethany & Eric we are so sorry for your most heartbreaking loss. Jason was a good man and will be missed by anyone who met him. May all the love you shared and your memories of him bring your hearts some peace during this sad time. We will be streaming the service here in Mexico. Wishe we were there to give you big hugs. Marc & Nelda xo

  • 02/15/2023

    Jason was an amazing man, our thoughts, love and prayers are sent to you all Love you Curtis, Cathy, Cydnee and Andrew xoxo

  • 02/15/2023

    I don't have words, I know he is thinking Kim is speechless YES!!! He wins, I have to admit that I love him and am going to miss him more than words can convey. He would go to Stephen's crash site, make sure it was clean, take a pic and send it to me and then call me and just sit with me. In the last couple of years, he has become my person even if when he calls me it tells me Jason is an idiot is calling. I will miss our constant calls and texting, our love language was insults. Chantel, Bethany, and Eric, I understand the pain and it is ok to sit in it at any time. If you want someone to just sit with you while you hurt, I will always be here. Auntie Marie, I really get it and am here as well. Love Kim Oh and the candle is pink because he would hate it 🙂

  • 02/13/2023

    Jason was always the first to offer help in any way he could and make time for the people he loved. Lots of wonderful memories for our family with Jason. 💛

  • 02/09/2023

    My condolences to Chantel, Bethany and Eric, as well as all of his family. My heart goes out to you all. I remember the first time I saw you Jason, just a little bitty of a thing, I could see the love and wonder in your eyes as you grew up. You always had a smile to offer to anyone you came in contact with. Auntie Jean Benoit

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