Jack Palmer Olson

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  • Friday, January 13, 2012 12:00am
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Jack Palmer Olson

1922 -2011

Jack P. Olson was born June 13, 1922 and passed away December 30, 2011 at his home in Centralia, WA at the age of 89. He was born in Seattle, WA to Martha Fay (Palmer) and Albert Olson. Jack’s family moved to the Kent valley in the mid 1920’s where he attended the Thomas School and graduated from Kent High School in 1941. After graduation he worked for the the Dept. of Fisheries, and in the fall of 1942 Jack enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard where he served until 1946. After his service, he worked with his brother and brothers-in law commercial fishing in Alaska. He then worked for City Transfer in Kent, then had a dairy farm in Enumclaw, Auburn and Ellensburg. He returned to Kent in 1958 and began working for Pozzi Brothers. He remained in Kent until moving to Centralia in 1997.He and Pat, his wife of 55 years, spent many years hunting, fishing, clam digging and traveling. Those activities took them to Alaska several times, and on many trips to Mexico, to Europe and all around the United States. Many of these trips were taken with good friends and with family members.Family was very important to Jack and since he came from such a large family their trips always included stops at the homes of siblings, cousins, and nieces and nephews homes along their way. On March 13, 1948 Jack married Patricia Speece in Kent, WA. They were separated by her passing in 2003.Jack is survived by his daughters Susan Bailey, Christine Morris, daughter and son-in-law Nancy and Don Gates, 2 grandsons Trever and Kale Gray, and 23 nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by 9 siblings; Albert Olson, Alice Flaherty, Diane Lynch, Robert Olson, Marjorie Hussey, John Ziltener, Jean McCutchen, Mary Sutter and Patrick Ziltener. And also by niece Doreen Bowington, nephews John Olson and Mike Ziltener.Jack and his wife Pat’s ashes will be interned at Tahoma National Cemetery, Kent, WA on Friday, January 20th at 12:30 pm. A reception luncheon to celebrate Jack’s life will be held at the Kent Senior Center at 1:30 pm.In lieu of flowers a memorial donation to Visiting Nurses Foundation (Hospice) is suggested. The address is 222 S. Pearl St., Centralia, WA 98531

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