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David Olsen


October 17, 2018

David William Olsen, 69, of Sweet Home died Oct. 14, 2018 at his home, surrounded by his family, after a long battle with pancreatic cancer.

He was born Aug. 21, 1949 to William Leroy and Constance Jean (Johnson) Olsen.

He lived in Whitefish, Mont. for a short time while a young boy, then moved to Five Rivers on the Oregon Coast. Shortly after in 1962 the family relocated to Sweet Home. 

Mr. Olsen's first job was at the Sweet Home Shell station. Not long after though he had his mom write him a note so he could work in the woods. Many years later his brother Mark and he started Olsen Cutters. He retired from working in the woods when he was 64 years old. 

Mr. Olsen enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping and wood work. He loved his grandchildren and spending time with his family. 

He is survived by his wife, Cynthia Olsen of Crawfordsville; children Tammy Wright of St. Helens, Brandon Olsen of Crawfordsville, and Todd Olsen of Coram, Mont.; brothers Kevin Olsen of Estacada and Brian Olsen of Montana; 10 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. 

He was preceded in death by his father, Bill Olsen; mother Connie Olsen; sister Kathy Kendrick; and brother Mark Olsen. 

A Celebration of Life will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19, at Sweet Home Mennonite Church. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in his name to the Emenhiser Infusion Center at Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital. 

Sweet Home Funeral Chapel is handling the arrangements.


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