Craig M. Olson

Posted: Friday, September 26, 2008

Longtime Juneau resident Craig M. Olson died peacefully on Aug. 22, 2008, at home in Juneau, with his wife at his side. He was 50.

Born in Grants, N.M., to Polly and Lee Olson, he spent many years in Prescott, Ariz., before moving to Juneau during his junior year. He graduated from Juneau-Douglas High School in 1977.

In November 1974, he was awarded his Eagle Scout badge. He took his oath seriously throughout his life, his family said. He donated money to impoverished children's funds until the two children he supported became adults. Additionally, he donated one of his carvings yearly to the Alaska Airlines Employee Assistance Program as the Mystery Artist.

Family members said he loved to travel around the world. This year, he and his wife enjoyed Peru and Ecuador.

He worked for Alaska Airlines for 27 years before becoming employed by the Alaska Marine Highway System as a deck hand.

He and his wife lived together for more than two years when they discovered he had cancer. At that point, they married in Reno, Nev., surrounded by friends and family members.

He was preceded in death by his father, Lee M. Olson, in 1958.

He is survived by his wife, Karen (Laquaglia) Olson; mother, Polly Olson, of Prescott Valley, Ariz.; brother, Gary L. Olson, his wife, Annette, and their three children, of Prescott; sister, Jill Olson, of Arizona; and lifelong friends, David and Cindy Atheran, of Juneau, and Ken Lafavour, of Kofu, Japan.

A memorial service was held Aug. 29 at Auke Village Recreation Area. An additional service was held Sept. 8 aboard the Malispina by Capt. Sundt. Donations can be made in his memory to Hospice and Home Care of Juneau.

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