Doug and Phyllis Empey operated a grain and beef operation in the Wapaha district. Phyllis was a great farm partner, delivering many meals to the field, as well as working as a school teacher at Wapaha.
They had three children; their eldest son, Blair continues to farm at the home farm northwest of Boissevain. Their daughter, Heather, farms with her husband at Sanford. Their youngest, Mervin, works for Alberta Agriculture at Stony Plain. In 1987 Doug and Phyllis retired to Boissevain, although were still active at the farm when needed.
They started their fund with the Boissevain & Morton Foundation in 1999. Each year they selected an organization that would benefit from their self-designated fund. The bequest is now given to St. Paul’s United Church annually. Phyllis passed away in July of 2014. Doug now resides at Westview Lodge.