Oilman hopes to catch second wind

By Geoff Lee

March 8, 2018 12:55 PM

Oilman of the Year David Lloyd took part in the 2018 Transplant Trot at the Servus Sports Centre in January. Lloyd will need a lung transplant in the coming months. He will be feted at the Lloydminster Heavy Crude Open Bonspiel banquet the evening of March 16. FILE PHOTO

You’re on the list. Those are the words David Lloyd is hoping to hear from the doctors soon so he can have a double lung transplant and carry on with life.
Health is top of mind for Lloyd who will be feted as Oilman of the Year during the Lloydminster Heavy Crude Open Bonspiel banquet on March 16 at the Stockade Convention Centre.
Bonspiel chair John Stanyer will read Lloyd’s biography to the audience as usual.
When he mentions Lloyd has Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF), the next chapter of Lloyd’s life will begin as one of hope.
The 64 year-old will spend a week in April at the Kaye Clinic at the University of Alberta hospital with a transplant team performing a battery of tests to prep him for a possible operation.
“I’m hopeful that after that week of tests that everything will be a go for the list,” said Lloyd, who is ever optimistic he’ll be a match for a deceased lung donor.
Lloyd said it’s all good and he’s never looked back since he went on disability leave from his job at Oil Lift Technology Inc. in March 2017 after being diagnosed with the disease.
The same disease claimed the life of his brother Danny and motivated him to be tested for it.
IPF is a chronic lung disease characterized by a progressive decline in lung function, but that hasn’t affected Lloyd’s determination to keep on working and enjoy life.
“I haven’t severed the tie with Oil Lift—I told them if I do get the transplant and if everything is successful, I would be back,” he said.
“I remain positive toward that.”
He said after being diagnosed, he got in a few rounds of golf and did some fishing too.
Lloyd is supported by his wife Brenda, his daughter Lisa and her husband Jason, three grandkids, along with a slew of other relatives who will see him get the Oilman of the Year plaque from Stanyer.
He said truthfully he is very honoured and proud to be selected for Oilman of the Year and looks forward to the week of festivities at the 51st annual bonspiel March 15-18.
“I was on the committee for a number of years and I know the commitment and the selection process—I’m just very happy,” he said of being picked.
Lloyd was living in Alsask Saskatchewan and married to Brenda for just a year when he landed what turned out to be nearly a five-year job as an operator with Husky in 1974.
He started at the Husky Lloyd Truck Pit then worked as a relief operator at two oilfield waterfloods and later at the Tangleflags battery.
There, he worked with former Oilman of the Year and field foreman Norval Christie.
In 1978, he teamed up with his good friend Denis Stark to sell chemicals for Champion Northwest Chemicals that later became Champion Technologies and known as NalcoChampion today.
That was the start of Lloyd’s 25 years of management in the oilfield chemical business that he calls the most memorable part of his career.
Lloyd also held chemical sales jobs with a handful of other local companies like Weatherford, Fibespar and NOV.
He sold chemicals ranging from de-emulsifiers, corrosion inhibitors and scale inhibitors to friction reducers and wax inhibitors, noting the most successful chemical companies were the ones that were proactive in developing new product lines.
He’s been working at Oil Lift since 2000 when he was hired to run the sales and service shop with his work future now riding on what the transplant specialists tell him in April.
“My takeaway is the Friday that I’m done, I hope they say ‘you’re on the list’—those are the words I want to hear,” he said.
At the bonspiel, he’ll also hear a few “hurry hards” shouted by oilfield skips just like back in the day when Lloyd’s Trican team won the A-Event.
“We sailed through pretty good; we had some great games,” he recalled.
“It was quite a treat to get to the top finally.”
He said what he liked most about the bonspiel in those days was the camaraderie amongst the group and and the size of the event with well over 120 teams at times.
Even today he said, “It’s just a good time to get together.”
Sports, notably minor and senior hockey have played a big part in Lloyd’s life in his birthplace of Arborfield Sask. and in Alsask, where his family moved when he was just 11.
“My big highlight was the world’s largest pee-wee hockey tournament back in the day,” he said, recalling how in 1964 his team from a little “hick town” won the D-division.
He also played senior hockey with the Lloydminster Border Kings and commercial hockey with the Husky Hard Rocks, lamenting he wasn’t taller as he wished.
“I wasn’t a very big defenseman, but I was effective—I liked it rough,” he said.
Today, he plays vicariously through his grandson Drew, a AAA Bobcats player and an affiliate player with the Jr. B Wainwright Bisons with the Bobcats out of the playoffs.
He also cheers on his two granddaughters at their dance recitals.
Ironically, the oldest one is graduating this year and thinking about a career in respiratory therapy.

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