Dee Lenard "Slim" Olsen
1929 - 2020
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Dee 'Slim' Lenard Olsen
May 25, 1929 - June 21, 2020
Dee "Slim" Lenard Olsen, 91, a resident of the Hillsboro community passed away July 21, 2020 at the Providence St. Vincent Medical Center in Portland.
Slim was born May 25, 1929 in Ogden, Utah. He was one of four children born to Ole Carl and Katie Mae (Hull) Olsen. Dee "Slim" is named after the Dee Estate and the last one born in the (Dee Hospital), original birthing facility. His father was employed by Thomas Dee's family in the canning business. He was raised in Ogden and attended Ogden High School graduating in 1947. He then entered ROTC at the University of Utah graduating with a Bachelor's degree in business. Slim was also member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
At the University of Utah: Slim was the IK Vice president, class representative for the student Council, member of the Rifle marching/drill team and received the most outstanding ROTC Cadet in his freshmen year. During this time he was also on the staff of the Uptown Theater where he met his future wife Marilyn.
He learned to fly single engine aircraft with a boyfriend of his older sister Lucile. Many hours of fishing time was spent in the Air learning to fly, not by the stream side. He was an avid golfer, hunter, and fisherman, lifetime member of the North American Hunting club and NRA. He thoroughly enjoyed the outdoors, camping and traveling in his RV.
He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1951 and retired from the reserve in June 1966. He served his country as a flight officer flying a B25/26 while stationed at Hill Air Force base in Utah, McGuire in New Jersey and a short time at Langley field in Virginia. While at Langley he spent time in Korea flying low level reconnaissance missions taking photographs of gun encampment's and anti-aircraft units, later destroyed by fighter aircraft.
He married Marilyn Flint, June 29, 1949. They made their home in Salt Lake City before moving to Boise in 1968, and then moved to Tucson, Ariz., in 1974, Marilyn passed away in 1977. He married Gloria Dutton, Oct. 3, 1978 and made their home in Tucson later moving to Richland, Ore. Gloria passed away July 19, 1998. After her death, Slim moved to Baker City and then Hillsboro, Ore., in 2007 to be closer to his son.
Slim worked in several industries throughout his life, in Salt Lake City he meet his first wife Marilyn, working at the Uptown Theater and was VP of loans at Zions First National Bank; In Boise he bought Idaho Neon, renamed it, Image National. Also owned and operated the Gibson Girl Ice cream parlor. In Tucson he worked at the Gold and Silver exchange and taught business classes at Chaparral College of Business. In 1984 Slim and his second wife, Gloria, designed and opened the Eagle Valley RV Park in Richland, Ore. In Baker City he worked as a youth counselor/therapist at the Elkhorn Adolescent Treatment Center and Powder River Correctional Facility. He also worked for the forest service and as a publisher of outdoor guidebooks for B2B outdoors.
He was preceded in death by his two wives, Marilyn and Gloria; his parents; four siblings; a daughter, Delinda Olsen; and two stepsons, Mark and Scott Dutton.
He is survived by three children, Debbie and Doralee both of St. Louis, Mo., and David Olsen of Hillsboro; three grandchildren, Greg, Lisa and Christopher; four great-grandchildren, Ella, Maci, Levi, and Beckett; and one stepdaughter, Christine Larkin of Summerville, Ore.
A viewing will be held from 12 - 1 p.m., at Duyck & Vandehey Funeral home Tansabourne, 3615 N.E. John Olsen Pl., Hillsboro. A Gravesite service will be held at 2:30 p.m., Monday, Aug. 3, 2020, at Fir Lawn Memorial Park 1070 W. Main St., Hillsboro. For more information/Guest book Visit:
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Published in The Oregonian from Jul. 31 to Aug. 2, 2020.
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