Gary L. Olsen



Gary L. Olsen, 54, most recently of Sunriver, passed away Friday, October 19, after a courageous battle against cancer. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, son and brother and was a jack of all trades, doing everything from logging and gold mining to jewelry and glass blowing. Gary's enthusiasm and drive were contagious when it came to new ventures.



He enjoyed just about any outdoor activity but especially fishing and hunting.



He was born in Medford but lived all over Oregon as well as Alaska. He attended Medford schools and graduated from Medford Senior High in 1971.



He is survived by the love of his life, Patty; his son, Jason (Devon) of Roseburg; daughter, Jenny Gilbert (Randy) of Myrtle Creek; daughter, JoAnn Emerson (Brian) of Mt. Juliet, Tennessee; and former wife, Lona. Also, his mother, Eileen Olsen Follett (Robert) of Medford; brothers, Mike (Sharon) of Medford, Chris (Marilyn) of Wilderville, Kevin (Karen) of Ruch; sisters, Carol Acker (Ted) of Salem, Bev Carlton (Mark) of Medford; four grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews, step-children and his faithful dog, Fanny.



He was preceded in death by his father, M J Olsen.



Graveside services will be held at Memory Gardens on Tuesday, October 23, 2007 at 11:00 a.m. Gathering of friends and family to be held immediately following at the Carlton's.



The family would like to thank Dr. Carmeci and the staff of Rogue Valley Medical Center for the compassionate, loving care you gave to Gary.



In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Youth for Christ or a favorite charity.



Arrangements by Memory Gardens Mortuary of Medford.