Daryl Leo Olson
Sept. 25, 1950 — Dec. 26, 2017
Daryl Leo Olson was called home to his Heavenly Father on Dec. 26, 2017, surrounded by loved-ones. He passed peacefully following a courageous and spirited battle with cancer.
Daryl was born Sept. 25, 1950, to Chester and Margaret Olson in Longview. He graduated from Mark Morris High School in 1968, and attended Lower Columbia College and Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma.
Daryl served in the armed forces as a specialist four clerk, stationed at Fort Kobbe in the Panama Canal Zone from 1970 to 1972.
He married in 1973 and moved to Tacoma, where his daughter, Heidi Olson was born. He worked in social services throughout his career, including Good Samaritan Mental Health, teaching at Clover park Technical College in Lakewood, Wash., as executive director at Rehabilitation Services Accreditation System (RSAS), and as a court appointed life coach. He was passionate about helping others.
In 2006 he married the love of his life and soul mate, Patricia Markel Sickles. He had a love of music and singing and played guitar from an early age. Daryl loved to cook and enjoyed playing golf with his brother, Marv. Spending time at the ocean beaches and annual Las Vegas trips with dear friends Vaida and James Clark, and Anita Forester, were among his favorite things. Daryl was an easy-going free spirit, and a gentle and loving man who held a special place in the hearts of those who knew him.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Chester and Margaret Olson, and is survived by his wife, Patti; a daughter, Heidi Olson (Bennett Kim) of Tacoma; a brother, Marvin Olson (Connie) of Longview; two nephews, James and Paul Olson; a niece, Ellen Olson; his mother-in-law, Carolyn Markel; a stepson, Christopher Sickles; a stepdaughter, Heather Inks (Robert); and four grandchildren.
A memorial service is planned for 11 a.m. Saturday, March 10 at Steele Chapel at Longview Memorial Park.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Community Home Health & Hospice, where he received exceptional care or the Humane Society of Cowlitz County, in honor of his love of animals.