Lawrence Edward Olson

Lawrence Edward (Larry) Olson of Enumclaw died on Jan. 28, 2015.

He was born April 5, 1948, to Walter and Angeline Olson of Maple Valley. He was one of five children and the oldest son. He graduated from Tahoma High School in Maple Valley, where he played football, in 1967. He briefly attended Highline Community College. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1968 to 1972, including one tour of duty in Vietnam, achieving the rank of sergeant and specializing as an airplane mechanic. Following his military service, he worked in a number of jobs, including as a King County corrections officer. He found a career as a truck driver for the Boeing Company, working for Boeing for 33 years before retiring in February 2010. He was a member of Teamsters Union Local 174. His interests including flying, working on his vintage Farmall tractor and studying his Italian heritage. In that pursuit, he visited Italy three times. Other interests included vacations with family, desserts and anything pasta.

He married Karen Thomasson of Enumclaw in 1983. Other survivors include children Eric (Denise) of Chandler, Ariz., Joe (Kelly) of Enumclaw, Mike (Amber) of Bonney Lake and Nichole Torrey (Jason) of Enumclaw; sisters Teresa Washburn and Mary K. Olson, both of Maple Valley; brothers John Olson of Maple Valley and Walter Olson of Crozet, Va.; and nine grandchildren.

A memorial service took place Feb. 5 at St. Barbara Catholic Church in Black Diamond. Burial was at the Enumclaw cemetery.

Remembrances in his name can be made to the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, The University of Washington Hospital or The Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

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