Arthur Lamar Olson

August 11, 2009

By Contributor

death-olson,arthur-20090800Art “Papa” Olson died peacefully July 26, 2009. He was 79.Family and friends attended a graveside memorial service Aug. 4 at the Upper Hillside Cemetery in Issaquah.

Art was born May 22, 1930, in Ada, Minn. He received his Bachelor of Science in education from Moorhead State University in 1952 and earned his fifth-year certificate from Washington State University.

Art taught math at Mahnomen High School in Minnesota for 11 years. He moved his family to Bellevue in 1964, and continued teaching in the Bellevue School District and at Bellevue Community College. Art retired from Bellevue High School in 1988.

He is survived by his wife Arlene; four children, Kathy, Janet, Jeff and Sandy; nine grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Art enjoyed music, hunting, hiking, working in his workshop, playing poker with his friends, spending time with his family and, of course, playing his banjo.

We have enjoyed his stories and jokes, and have shared many laughs and tears. We will always love our Papa and will miss him. You will always be with us.

Arrangements were made by Flintoft’s Funeral Home. Sign the online guest book at

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