Irving Ward Olson

January 26, 1937January 28, 2013
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Irving “Sonny” Ward Olson Born January 26th, 1937 at the family home in Bennetville, (North of Darrington), Washington. He fell asleep in death, at his home surrounded by his family on January 28th, 2013. The most important things in his life were his family, friends, old (and fast) cars, going to dances, and driving log trucks. He met Doreen Swanson on a blind date to her Senior Prom in 1958. Less than a year later they were married and remained together for 54 years. He was a loving, caring, giving, generous, hard-working man. He was raised in Darrington, quitting school early to begin his career. He also served three years in the U.S. Army. He worked as a logger and drove log trucks for most of his life, while raising two daughters with Doreen. Several surgeries and other health issues eventually forced him into retirement after which he spent most of his time visiting with family and friends. He loved going up to “Ike’s Drive In” to swap stories with his trucking buddies and the many other friends he made there. COPD forced him to spend his last few years mostly staying at home. Doreen was his loving caregiver until the end. Sonny was preceded in death by his parents, Irving R. and Lucille Olson and in-laws, Tage and Evelyn Swanson. He is survived by his loving wife Doreen; daughter Pam (Jef) Forsman; daughter Stacey (Randy) Graafstra; granddaughter Amber (Scott) Campbell; granddaughter Amanda (Ray) Bagdazian; grandson Jeffrey Forsman, Jr.; grandson Cory Graafstra; great-grandson Iain Campbell; sister Betty (Don) Knowles; brothers, Victor (Dixie) Olson, Phillip (Patti) Olson, John (Cindy) Olson, and numerous nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his name to Evergreen Hospice, Arlington Fire Dept., or an organization of your choice.


  • Visitation Friday, February 1, 2013
  • Memorial Service Saturday, February 2, 2013
  • Reception Saturday, February 2, 2013

Irving Ward Olson

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Merlene Tibbets Buller

February 3, 2013

Sonny was a fun kid to have as a classmate. In the trust that your abundant good memories will help sustain you, know that you are all in my heart.

Jerry @ Donna Booker

February 2, 2013

Sorry to hear Sonny's passing. He was a great friend to us. He was so proud of his family. We have known the family all of our lives, we love you all. God will keep Sonny alive in the hearts of everyone that knew him.

February 2, 2013

Very sorry to hear of sonnys passing. I spent a big part of my childhood with Sonny, my brother Lonnie and I doing every crazy and exciting thing we could think of to do. It was never dull with him around. I will allways cherish our times spent as kids in Darrington.

Charles Enyeart.

February 1, 2013

So very sorry to hear of Sonny's passing, and that we are unable to attend his memorial as we are in Arizona. Our thoughts and prayers are will you all.
Bill & Sylvia Krause

Willard Massingale

February 1, 2013

So sorry to hear of Sonny's passing. I have known him since the mid 50's. He loved his fast cars. He spent a lot of time and money on his Chevelle. He will be missed by all of us who knew him so well. God Bless and comfort his family and friends.

February 1, 2013

too the famley of sonny ,sorry to hear of sonnys passying.he was a nice man,so sonny rest in peace..fred korr

Judy White O'Connor

January 31, 2013

So very sorry to hear of Sonny's passing. Heartfelt condolences to all his family, Betty, Victor, Phillip and John included. Losing a sibling would be extremely difficult. May memories lighten your grief.