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Donald Olson

Donald Olson

May 6, 1936-Feb. 23, 2013

Donald (Donnie) J. Olson, 76, of Seattle, Wash., passed away peacefully on February 23, 2013 in Puyallup, Washington.

Donald, the son of Archie and Lila Olson of Audubon, was born May 6, 1936. He attended Audubon High School then he enlisted in the Army and served in the Korean War. After the war, he returned home and he was united in marriage to Mary Ann Lage.

They moved to Seattle, where they raised four sons; his family was first and foremost.

Donnie was not limited in his skills and worked a variety of jobs throughout his life, but was most proud of his contribu-tions in transportation. He designed the Bellevue School District's bus system and also Anchorage Alaska's People Mover.

He was revered by many for the fine systems he created that prosper today. He enjoyed many hobbies throughout his life, from hunting and fishing to painting, construction and ping pong. He was competitive and won the men's open novice ping pong championship at the Seattle World's Fair in 1961.

He also enjoyed working on cars, motorcycles and taught his sons mechanics. He was an active member of the Ballard Flatliners Muscle Car Club from Ballard Washington. He was well liked and respected and touched many lives throughout his lifetime.

His priorities were work and family, and he spent his life focused on supporting his sons and enjoying life to the fullest.

Surviving Donnie are his wife Mary Ann; his four sons, Brian, Dwayne (Pamela), Kenneth and Anthony (Rima); eight grandchildren and two great grandchildren; and his brother Gary, all of Washington.

A memorial service celebrating his life will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, July 10 in First Lutheran Church, Audubon, followed by a military burial with honors at 2 p.m. in Lake Park Cemetery, Lake Park. He will forever be missed; we love you Dad.