May 4, 2019 — Donald Warren Olson, born Sept. 17, 1935, in Los Angeles, Calif., to Raymond and Marguerite Olson, passed away of cancer on Jan. 5, 2019, while visiting the family’s long-time hometown in the Santa Ynez Valley of California.
Don is survived by his beloved family: Joan (Gebel), his wife of 62 years; their five children: Mark, Matt (Lisa), Larry (Cindy), Julie von Winckelmann (Herb) and John (Lucy); 13 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren; a brother, Tim Olson (Cynthia); a sister, Kristine Liniger; as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins, godchildren and his 96-year-old aunt “Pinkie.”
After raising their children in the beautiful country atmosphere of Los Olivos, Calif., in 1996, Don and Joan moved to Florence to enjoy the beauty of coastal life, continue their active involvement in church ministries — and where Don recently retired after 57 years as a realtor.
Former Pastor and friend Fr. David Brown will celebrate a Memorial Mass for Don on Saturday, May 11, at 11 a.m. at St. Mary Our Lady of the Dunes Catholic Church, with a reception follow.
In honor of Don’s love of children and family, consider making a donation in his name to the Florence Pregnancy and Parenting Center, P.O. Box 1732, Florence, Ore., 97439.