It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden death of Earl Melvin Olsen of Quesnel, on January 13, 2005.
Earl was pre-deceased by his father Carl and mother Francis. He is survived by his wife Linda, two sons Shayne (Cyndy) and Jason, six grandchildren Myles, Taylor, Brock, Jared, Noah and Paige, as well as brothers Jim, Bryan, Ray, Ross and sister Mary Larriane Weiers.
Earl was born in Mission, B.C., April 9, 1944. He moved with his family to Quesnel in April 1952 and graduated from Cariboo High School in 1964 along with 18 other graduates.
Earl was employed locally with N.W.I., Weldwood and then Brody Machinery before going to work for BC Telephone in March of 1967 where he stayed for 13 years.
In 1981 Earl began a new career in the log hauling business, purchasing his first truck from Richard Armstrong. Since that time he has been hauling logs to West Fraser Mills, Slocan (now Canfor) and Ed Reierson Logging.
Earls loves included cars, the faster the better, starting with his ‘67 Chevelle. His love of his ‘34 Olds drove him to learn how to use the internet to order parts. Two trips to Sturgis on his Harley Davidson, driving all the way, not in the back of some trailer kept him feeling young. Earl loved sports from an early age and he continued to play softball (senior summer games team) and volleyball. His acting career was just getting underway, but will have to be continued on another stage. Earl was well known for his ability to talk, to both friends and strangers. There was no shortage of time to talk.
Earl served in his church (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints) in various capacities including Bishop and High Council Member.
A memorial service was held at the Quesnel and District Seniors Society Center on January 22, 2005. Those wishing to honor Earl’s memory by way of donation may do so to the Cat Scan Fund or Palliative Care.