Dawn Olson Obituary (1958 – 2022) – Mt. Angel, OR


Dynamic Dawn, a dear friend, died suddenly at the age of 64, due to unknown natural causes. A great teacher, (she had the smart answers), especially when it came to the heart. She taught me to welcome opportunities, to openly express love, and have compassion for those in my life, as in an instant they may be gone.
She was born to Air Force veterans, Dorothy J. (Atwood) and Benjamin T. Williams on June 21, 1958. She was the only girl between her brothers James T. and Matthew B. Growing up she reached for relief through books and this refuge continued through her life, as did her love of horses.
After graduating from Laconia High School, New Hampshire in 1977, she joined the US Navy. She was an Ocean System Technician, and trained in leadership and management, and became an instructor for which she received awards and commendations while stationed in Bermuda, she volunteered as a tour guide, but her favorite duty station was Eleuthera, The Bahamas.
While in the Navy, she met Barry Lee Olson, and they were married on June 30, 1982. When he retired, they moved to his hometown of Silverton, Oregon.
She enrolled in college and graduated from Oregon State University in 1990 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology. (Cell Biology) She began work in OHSU and eventually moved back to her alma mater, OHSU, to work in Skeletal Cell Biology focusing on Osteopathic research.
Dawn collected and processed data which diligently to make earth a better place. “Volunteering in finding out where our heart belongs” was one of her favorite sayings of her.
Her passion for conservation was ardent. In 1995, Dawn joined the Izaak Walton League of America (IWLA) and as the leagues, Silverton Chapter president, she worked tirelessly to mobilize the local chapter on pressing conservation challenges across the State. From National Director, to serving on their Executive Board, Dawn will be remembered most of her selfless leadership and commitment to achieving their mission.
Dawn, you leave behind a multitude of friends saying, “We will miss you Dawn”, but so much more powerful is our joy for having known you. RIP and work well my friend, like a sister. Survived only by her ella brother ella Matthew Williams.
A gathering with close friends will be held 2:00 pm Saturday, October 8, 2022, with Military honors by United States Navy, and rifle salute by Molalla VFW Post.

Published by Legacy on Sep. 28, 2022.

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