Scott Alan Olsen passed away peacefully at home in Quinault, Washington, with his family at his side, on June 10, 2019, at the age of 57.
A native of Clawson, Michigan, he was active in school groups, local theater groups and played tuba in his high school marching band. He won the John Philip Sousa Band Award in 1979.
He joined the U.S. Army and was an infantryman in the Airborne Division, 172nd Infantry Brigade and became an Army Ranger. He was based at Fort Lewis, Washington, and Fort Wainwright, Alaska. He spent many hours jumping out of airplanes over Alaskan glaciers and earned the Parachute Badge, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Expert Rifle Badge for the M-16 and the Good Conduct Medal.
Scott was a graduate of Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Michigan, with a degree in printing. He started his own construction company in Greenville, Michigan. He was an avid outdoorsman and was an expert bow and gun marksman.
Scott moved to Islamorada, Florida, in 1994 and joined the Islamorada Volunteer Fire Department, where he served for many years. There he earned Phoenix Awards for saving the lives of three people. He was Firefighter of the Year for 1999 and served at the rank of captain. His fellow firefighters said Scott was a man of honor and integrity and embraced the fire service with passion, and that he was a mentor and the best friend one could ever hope for.
In Islamorada, he met Julie Anne Perrin and they married in 1996.
A third-generation cabinetmaker and carpenter, Scott could build or fix anything and started his own property management company. Scott was active in helping to plan the George Bush/Cheeca Lodge Bonefish Tournaments with Julie. They had the honor to host President George H. W. Bush several times during these annual tournaments.
The couple moved to Quinault, Washington, in 2003 where Scott renovated their home. Julie and Scott were happily married for 22 years. Scott was well regarded as someone who loved helping others, and he loved living in the beautiful Quinault Rainforest. He hand-built the first hovercraft to travel from Lake Quinault to the Upper Quinault River Bridge and back. He was well-known for the many construction and renovation projects he did for his neighbors.
He is predeceased by his mother, Barbara Bowman Olsen and his father, Walter Olsen. He is survived by his wife Julie Olsen of the family home; his brother, Mike Olsen (Beth); three sisters, Mary Weidbusch, Jan Joyce (Tom), Nancy Anderson (Keith); four cousins, Tom and Nick Pentescu (Denise), Miriam (Lou) Price and Connie Pentescu; 10 nieces and nephews and other relatives.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests sending a donation to the Islamorada Firefighters Benevolent Association, 86800 Overseas Highway, Islamorada, FL 33036.
A celebration of his life will be held later.
Arrangements are by the Coleman Mortuary, 422 – 5th Street in Hoquiam, Washington 98550.
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