Richard C. "Rick" Olson, 53, of Seaside, died Monday, Nov. 14, 2005 at his home in Seaside.

Mr. Olson was born April 30, 1952 in Longview, Wash., to Harold "Swede" and Doris Olson.

Mr. Olson moved to Seaside in 1961, where he was involved in a variety of civic, community and children's activities. He graduated from Seaside High School and served in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War. Returning to Seaside, he worked the rest of his life in the logging industry - the last 15 years running a log loader for Gustafson Logging.

Mr. Olson married Cindy Jones Dec. 16, 1979. She survives and lives in Seaside.

Mr. Olson was active in coaching his sons' athletic teams and served on the Seaside Volunteer Fire Department for 22 years. He was named Firefighter of the Year in 1983 and was the department's first Officer of the Year in 1996. He developed a program and trained departments in wild-land firefighting techniques. He finished as captain before retiring from the department.

Family members said he was an avid woodworker who created intricate logging vehicles which he shared with friends and family. They said his great passion was backpacking in Mount Hood National Forest and in the Olympic mountains.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Olson is survived by three sons and one daughter-in-law, Chris and Becky White of Gearhart and Bruce and Jason Olson, both of Seaside; one grandson, Jared White of Gearhart; a stepmother, Barbara Olson of Seaside; one brother and sister-in-law, Jerry and Sue Olson of Warrenton; and one sister and brother-in-law, Sherri and Gary Phelan of Seaside.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at Camp Rilea. Seaside Fire Department pallbearers will be Jim Puckett, Joe Dotson, Don Beck, Joe Sopko, Eric Schmidt and Chris Dugan.

Interment will be at the Evergreen Cemetery in Seaside. A reception at the Seaside Fire Hall will follow.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Seaside Kids, P.O. Box 275, Seaside, OR 97138, or in care of Caldwell's Funeral and Cremation Arrangement Center at 113 N. Holladay Drive, Seaside, OR 97138.

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