It is with heavy hearts that we lay to rest our brother and friend, John David Olsen, who passed away peacefully Nov. 25, 2013 at his residence in Bozeman after several years of declining health.
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John was born Aug. 28, 1968 to Joseph and Mildred Olsen of Downey, Calif. – the youngest of nine siblings. John attended Downey Public Schools and graduated from Downey High School – Class of 1986. After attending DeVry University, John went on to work in the fields of tele-communications, computers and sales.
John spent many years living in the Downey and Newport Beach, Calif. areas before re-locating to Bozeman several years before his passing.
John inspired many of those who came to know him through his wide and varied interests including art, spiritual awakening and baseball. John will be remembered for his wonderful sense of humor, his desire to be of service to others and his kind and compassionate heart. Over the years John was active in the recovery community in Newport Beach and Bozeman, attending meetings and lending support to anyone who was in need. John believed that miracles happen daily and he inspired many to strive to be their best selves. He was fond of saying, "There is no wrong way to do the right thing."
John will be missed always by his beloved son and light of his life, Johnny Olsen of Brea, Calif. as well as siblings, Joe and Carol Hancock of Oregon, Marilyn Olsen and Howie Wolke of Emigrant, Mont., Dan and Jan Olsen of Victorville, Calif., Tim Olsen and Marty Kreloff of Las Vegas, Nev., Mary and Mark Serrato of Texas, Brian Olsen and Marcus Arthur of Long Beach, Calif. and Kathleen and Robi Johns of Bozeman. Nephews and nieces include Tony, Robert, Nathan, Bridget, Josh, Jan Marie, Steve, Carlos, Shannon, Cristalle, Sean and their children.
John was preceded in death by parents, Joseph and Mildred and brother, Bob.
A memorial is planned to honor John in Newport Beach at a later date.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made in memory of John to the Open Arms Drop In Center at Gallatin Mental Health Center, 699 Farm House Road, Bozeman, MT 59715.
"Dream like you're going to live forever. Live like you might die today!" – James Dean
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Dec. 8, 2013