Went to be with our Lord on Friday, February 7, 2014, surrounded by his loving family. Roy was born on August 13, 1925 to Herbert and Gladys Olsen in Santa Barbara's Cottage Hospital. The second of seven children, Roy grew up attending local schools and graduated from Santa Barbara High School. He served in the U.S. Army in the occupational forces in Japan at the end of WWII. Roy always enjoyed working in agriculture. Universities and other institutions would often contact him for advice regarding crop and cattle projects. I vividly remember him telling me that he loved planting things and watching God make them grow. Roy met Norma Jane Greer while working in Malibu and they were married in 1953. Roy and Norma moved to Santa Barbara where their first daughter, Deborah was born. They later moved to Maria Ygnacia Ranch where their second daughter, Cynthia, was born. After a move to a neighboring ranch, Roy accepted a position managing Rancho Monte Alegre in Carpinteria where both girls graduated from high school. Roy and Norma then moved to Rancho San Carlos in Santa Barbara. They had been married for 39 years when our dear mother, Norma, passed away. Roy retired and moved to Ventura where he married Marylou Decker in 1994.
Always a cowboy at heart, Roy raised his girls with a love of animals, a respect for nature, a strong work ethic and the belief that honesty is a requirement in life. ("If you never lie, you never have to try to remember what you told someone? he once told me). He never hesitated to help anyone whether they asked or he volunteered assistance. I remember once stopping and helping someone at the side of a road that turned out to be a greater need than it appeared at the time and he told me afterward "God tells you when to stop?.
Roy is survived by his wife of 20 years, Marylou; his daughters, Cindy (John) Ferguson of Ventura, and Debbie (John) Pascaloff of Keswick, VA; his sister, Kathi Krystal (Bob Buswell) of Seaside, CA; grandchildren, Jessica Macias (Carlos Rodriquez) and Alex (Amber) Macias; great- grandchildren, Isiah and Jasmine Estrada and Bailey Macias and numerous nieces and nephews. Roy was preceded in death by his first wife Norma, and his siblings, John, Clara, Art, Anne, and David.
Roy will be greatly missed for his love, his sense of humor, his advice and his knowledge. The world will be a much smaller place without him. Daddy we miss you so much and look forward to the time when we all are together again.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, February 22nd at 9:00 a.m. at Charles Carroll Funeral Home, 15 Teloma Dr., Ventura, CA (805-642-8134). In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to
in Roy's memory.