In Memory

Darryl Olson (Olson) - Class Of 1960

Darryl Palmer Olson

Darryl Olson was born on January 18, 1942, in Petersburg, Alaska, to Dagney Marie (Loseth) Olson and Paul "Bud" Ivar Olson. He was the oldest of five, having two brothers and two sisters.

Darryl grew up fishing with his father, Paul. He attended Petersburg High School and after graduation he married his dream girl, Mary Ann Hasbrouck, on March 10, 1962. They were happily married for fifty-nine years, when she preceded him in death in 2021.

He worked for J&H Logging as a choker setter until he started his career as a commercial fisherman. After leasing two boats, Darryl bought the F/V Miss Helen. In 1972, Darryl and Mary Ann began building their Petersburg home. That same year, Darryl purchased his dreamboat, the F/V Mary Ann, with the help of Robert Thorstenson and Tommy Thompson, of Petersburg Fisheries, Inc.

The years spent on the F/V Mary Ann were rich with the friendships of Neil MacDonald, Steve Thomassen, Jim Miller, Gary Slaven, Charlie Christensen and many more. They made so many memories - the stories they could tell...

Darryl and Mary Ann loved to dance. Jitterbugging was their thing. He was also a great entertainer to his family, friends and crew members.

In the off-season, Darryl and Mary Ann loved to travel. They would pack their bags and go off on another adventure. When home, Darryl loved hunting with his friends - in Alaska, Washington and Montana.

Taught by his good friend Tom Bazer, Darryl earned his pilot's license. He loved to fly! Soon after getting his license, he was a co-owner of a Cessna-185 with Theodore (Ted) Smith. Later he purchased his second plane, The Super Cub. Darryl and his wife enjoyed flying back and forth to their Stanwood Lake Home. He really enjoyed fish spotting, flying into Kah Sheets and Harvey's Lake for some well-needed family time of camping and trout fishing. On a beautiful day, Darryl and Mary Ann might fly to Sitka just for a bite to eat.

Darryl passed away at the Olson family lake house in Stanwood, Washington on November 11, 2023. He was preceded in death by his parents, Dagney Marie (Loseth) Olson and his father, Paul "Bud" Ivar Olson; his wife, Mary Ann Olson; and his sister, Corrine Tracy.

He is survived by his daughters Wanda Olson, Diana (Colleen) Olson, and Helen (Carlos Sandoval Roque) Olson; his brothers, Alan (Linda) Olson and Kenny (Debbie) Olson; his sister, Carolyn Vogan; grandchildren, Michael Olson and Amber Manly; a great-granddaughter, Freya Fenner; and many more relatives and friends.

A Celebration of Life for both Darryl and Mary Ann will be held at the Sons of Norway on March 10, 2024, from 1 – 3:30 p.m. Their family hopes to see lots of friends and family and to share stories and memories of these two wonderful people.