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Larry L. Olson

Larry L. Olson, 71, passed away November 20, 2015 at his home in Trail, Ore. after a prolonged battle with cancer. He and his twin brother, Garry, were born February 25, 1944 to Walter and Iva Olson, in the living room of the family farmhouse in South Dakota, during a blizzard.

Larry was the third of seven children. The family sold the farm and moved to Medford, Ore. in 1955 with six kids and one on the way. They started Olson Piano Sales and Service on Kings Highway and operated it for the next 35 years.  He graduated from Medford Senior High School in 1962.

He served three years in the U.S. Army stationed in New York and later in Fairbanks, Alaska, where he experienced the earthquake of 1964. In 1969 he married Nancy Taylor of Medford, and they graduated from Southern Oregon College.

Larry and his twin brother were, by nature, builders and dreamers. Their mother said of them that they had “sawdust in their blood.” Even before graduation from high school, they built ski boats, furniture, and a house or two. In 1973 the two of them built the Antelope Cedar Mill, which they operated for a decade.

Larry was an accountant by trade, helping many local small businesses over the years. He was known as a man of character, integrity, faith, and generosity. He stubbornly fought for what he believed was right and just. Basketball, softball, mentoring youth, attending church, and spending time with his family were some of his passions.

Larry was an active church member, teaching and serving as an elder, at Brownsboro Community Church. After moving to Trail 16 years ago, he became active at Trail Christian Fellowship. He was a founding board member and treasurer of Southern Oregon Youth Programs.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 46 years, Nancy; his daughter, Tamera Ohlund (Johnathan); his son, Garrick (Shayne); his sister, Mary Ann (John); his brothers, Ronald (Lynne), Rodney (June), Marvin (Cindy), and Dennis (Charlotte); and his six grandchildren, Steven (Kodi), Mary Jane, Jennifer, Tiffany, Makenna, and Landon. He was preceded in death by his parents and his twin brother, Garry.

A memorial service was held at Trail Christian Fellowship. 

Larry L. Olson