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Olson, Lorimer "Lory"
81, of Phoenix passed away on October 13, 2015. Lory was born January 1, 1934, the eldest of 5 children born to Reuben and Grace Olson. He graduated from Oakland High School in 1951, and from the University of California Berkeley in 1955. While attending Cal, he fell in love with his childhood friend Norma Backlund. The two were married on March 24, 1956. After attaining his Bachelor's degree in Business, Lory began work towards a Master's in Divinity at Berkeley Baptist Divinity School. Upon graduation, Lory worked as youth pastor and then senior pastor in churches around California. At each of his churches, Lory ministered, counseled, and led the church with grace, passion, and faith. He was an exemplar community member who cared for the well being of his congregation and the people and neighborhood surrounding it. Throughout this time, Norma and Lory's family grew to include their three boys, Kevin, Scot, and Loren. In 1971, Lory and Norma moved their family to Scottsdale, Arizona, where Lory accepted a position at the Orangewood Retirement Community (now known as the Terraces of Phoenix). Lory worked at Orangewood for 14 years, including 8 as Administrator, remaining in Arizona until his sons had grown up and begun families of their own. In 1985, Lory and Norma moved to Los Gatos, California, to help open the Terraces of Los Gatos. After retiring in 1996, they moved back to Arizona. Although Lory retired, he never stopped working. He was active in the association of American Baptist ministers for Arizona and Southern California. He served for 8 years on the board of directors of Rainbow Acres, a Christian residential community for adults with disabilities located in Camp Verde, Arizona. Lory's life remained focused on Norma, his children, and his grandchildren. Lory lived and loved for 81 years. He leaves behind a legacy of faith, strength in the face of hardship, and love for others. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Norma; his three sons and their wives, Kevin (Linda), Scot (Rhonda), and Loren (Robyn); his 10 grandchildren, Lisa, Brad, Kim, Cergio, Karen, Donald, James, Grace, Gray, and Ellyse; three surviving siblings and their spouses, Roger (Barbara), Carmen, and Cheryl (Tom), as well as a myriad of relatives and friends who will mourn his loss. He joins those who preceded him in death, including his sister Kay Lynne Ediss, her husband Ted, and his brother-in-law, Bob Trust. A memorial service to celebrate his life and teachings will be held on November 21 at 11:00am, at First Baptist Church of Scottsdale. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made in his memory to Rainbow Acres (www.rainbowacres.com).

Published in The Arizona Republic on Nov. 15, 2015
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