Donald Warren Olson
The oldest of four children, Donald Warren Olson was born on September 17, 1935 in Los Angeles, CA to Raymond and Marguerite Olson. From age 8-13, he acted in Hollywood stage plays and got small parts in many films. His favorites were the westerns where he met and worked with some of the biggest stars of the 1940's. Don had an amazing memory and could tell you about a vast number of old movies.
Don graduated from Westchester High School in 1953 and then served in the US Army in Germany. He was very proud of his military service. When he returned home, he dated Joan Gebel, and they were married on November 24, 1956 in St. Paul's Catholic Church in Los Angeles. They had five children: Mark, Matt, Larry, Julie and John, all in six years. Being a good husband and father were the most important things in Don's life.
Don worked for Gallo Wine Co. and sold real estate part time. In 1969, Don and Joan moved their family to Los Olivos. The kids were in 4-H and Don was active in the community: from
4-H swine leader to helping found the Los Olivos Improvement Assoc.
In 1975, Don went into real estate full time, and in 1983 he opened his one-man office: Don Olson Realtor. He was named "Realtor of the Year" in 1988. His career spanned 57 years and he made many lifelong friends.
Don and Joan moved to Florence, OR in 1996. He continued in real estate and led his parish's
St. Vincent de Paul Conference, serving over 1000 people in need. After 22 years there, Don and Joan became "snowbirds" and returned to the SYV.
Don was a regular guy - a huge football and horse racing fan. He was a man of integrity; he was honest, loyal and trustworthy. He loved his children and their families, and all his relatives. He put family before anything else in life and his openness to God showed in many ways. Surrounded by family, Don passed into the arms of God on January 5, 2019. He is survived by Joan, his loving wife of 62 years, his five children and their spouses, 13 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren, his brother Tim and sister Kristine, and many relatives and friends.
A Memorial Mass and reception will be held on Saturday, February 16th at 11:00 AM, at Old Mission Santa Ines in Solvang. In Lieu of flowers, please support San Lorenzo Foundation, P.O. Box 247, Santa Ynez, CA 93460; or Capuchin Franciscans Western American Province, 1345 Cortez Ave, Burlingame, CA 94010.