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Pete Olson

Died: Sun., Dec. 23, 2018


10:00 AM to 11:00 AM, Sat., Jan. 05, 2019
Location: Colonial Funeral Home

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Sat., Jan. 05, 2019
Location: Colonial Funeral Home

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Gerald L. “Pete” Olson, 84, passed away on December 23, 2018, in Seattle, Washington, due to complications of Parkinson’s disease. 

Pete was born in Downey, Idaho, on February 20, 1934, to Carl and Tula Olson.  He was the youngest of four children.  He attended Downey High School and Idaho State University.  In 1957, he began work as a lineman for Idaho Power Company.  In the 38 years he was employed, he held various positions in Twin Falls, American Falls, Blackfoot, and in Pocatello, where he retired as the Eastern Division Manager. 

Pete was active in the local community, serving in the Pocatello Rotary Club, Pocatello Chamber of Commerce, Pocatello Chiefs, as well as on various advisory boards and committees.  He was also a member of the Pocatello Elks Club.  Pete loved spending time with his family, being outdoors, and at his cabin in Island Park, Idaho. 

Pete is survived by his daughter, Nichole Rose (Seattle, WA); his son, Michael Olson (Sandy, UT); his sister, Laurene Christensen (Pocatello); his brother, Elwyn Olson (Lehi, UT); and two granddaughters, Syringa Rose (Seattle, WA) and Kasi Olson (Sandy, UT).  He was preceded in death by his wife of 34 years, Grace Leone Olson; his son, Brad Olson; his brother, Arlin Olson; and his parents, Carl and Tula Olson. 

Services will be held on Saturday, January 5, 2019, at 11:00 am, at Colonial Funeral Home, 2005 S. 4th Ave, Pocatello, ID, with a viewing for one hour prior.  Interment will follow at the Downey Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Northwest Parkinson’s Foundation, 7525 SE 24th St., Ste. 300, Mercer Island, WA, 98040, or nwpf.org. 




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Shawna Nelson
   Posted Wed January 02, 2019
Nichole and family, I just wanted to give you our condolences. I thought the world of your mom and dad. Your dad was always the sweetest and I have wondered where he was. Hope you are well and happy. Sorry I will miss his service. Always, Shawna

Claudia Tremelling
   Posted Fri January 04, 2019
To the Olson family:
I was sad to learn Pete had passed away. He was a great guy! I worked with him for many years at Idaho Power. When I graduated from college, Pete hired me to fill a vacant position in his department. He was always a supportive, good and fair boss. When I retired after 34 years of employment at Idaho Power, I was honored that Pete took the time and made the effort to attend my retirement party. I will always be grateful he chose me to work in his department so many years ago.
Over the years, I often ran into Pete in Island Park. He seemed to have such fun and to so enjoy his nice cabin at Rancho McCrea. He will be missed by all of us who were fortunate to call him friend. My deepest sympathy to all you.
(I tried to post a message of sympathy two days ago. It has not yet appeared on this website. If this is a duplicate message, please disregard. I did not want to miss the opportunity to express my sympathy, as I won't be able to attend Pete's service.)

Arlin Olson
   Posted Sat January 05, 2019
You probably don't remember me, but I did meet you when you were a little girl, and the apple of your Daddy's eye! I was very saddened to hear of Uncle Pete passing. Please accept Rinda and my condolences. Uncle Pete was one of our favorite folks. He was very kind, considerate, and generous. I choose to remember him in better times when we were having some fun.
Regards and sympathies...…..Arlin

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