Jeffrey C. "Jeff" Olson

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January 26, 1947~May 2, 2011

Jeff Olson, 64, unexpectedly passed away at home on May 2, 2011. He was born January 26, 1947 in Snohomish where his heritage is deeply rooted. As a child, he moved with his family to Bremerton before they settled in Lacey. Together with his parents and sisters, Jeff helped build Faith Lutheran Church where he spent considerable time in his youth. After graduating from North Thurston High School in 1965, Jeff attended Centralia Community College. As it was the Vietnam era, he elected to enlist in the Army. He served his country as a military police officer in Seoul along the DMZ. The Army eventually took Jeff to Southern California where he met Phyllis Roach. She became his life's devotion, and the two were married on July 4, 1970. Soon thereafter, Jeff returned to Washington with his bride and established Olson Sales & Service with his father. In 1971, his son was born, followed by his daughter in 1972. In 1974, Jeff moved his young family to Vancouver, which has been his home ever since. After the family business dissolved, Jeff established his next business, Tahoe, named for his love of Lake Tahoe as well as for the Chevy truck. In addition to being self- employed, Jeff worked tirelessly for Innovative Services NW for the past 10 years. Jeff worked every possible moment to provide the best life for the family he loved so much. Although deeply passionate about his work, nothing took precedence over Phyllis and the kids, and eventually his precious grandchildren.
An exceptionally kind, generous and humble man, Jeff leaves behind his wife of 40 years, Phyllis; son, Christopher Olson; daughter, Tracy Bevilacqua (Tony); granddaughters, Jessica and Hannah; mother, June Olson; sisters, Cheryle Finnigan (Rick), Stephanie Olson, Dian Cogdill (Gail); sister-in-law, Sheryl Roach; brothers-in-law, Phil Roach, Herb Roach and Hue Roach (Sue); as well as countless extended family members and friends.
His father, Gil Olson, preceded him in death this past December.
As much as it was our honor to have been led by his exemplary character, it was Jeff's pleasure to be acquainted with you, even if only for a moment. For those who were fortunate to know Jeff, remember him for his love of life, vibrant sense of humor and exuberant laughter.
All are welcome to attend services in Jeff's honor on Saturday, May 14 at 12:00 p.m. at Memorial Lutheran Church, 2700 E. 28th, Vancouver, Washington. Reception to follow. As it would be Jeff's preference, casual dress is requested.
Jeff was a longtime donor of blood and platelets to the American Red Cross. In lieu of flowers, he would want you to make a similar donation.

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Published in The Columbian on May 8, 2011
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