Terry Lon Olson, 71, of Winthrop, passed away peacefully at his home on June 21, 2018. Terry was born on Oct. 2, 1946, in Seattle, to Elmer Clifford Olson and Katherine Marie Willman, both of Seattle.
Terry grew up in the Wedgewood neighborhood of Seattle and attended Ingraham Senior High School, where he was a member of the touring choir. He served in the U. S. Navy aboard the USS Morton (DD-948 — a Navy destroyer) during the Vietnam war before attending Central Washington University and earning a master’s degree in fine arts.
Terry moved to the Methow Valley in 1993 and owned the Java Man coffee shop for 12 years, where he developed many great friendships. He loved all the outdoor adventures the valley had to offer — skiing at Loup Loup at the top of the list. Above all else, Terry was an artist with talents from pen and ink illustration, watercolors, wood carving and, most of all, glassblowing. In the past seven years, he split his time between the valley and Kapaau on the north shore of the Big Island of Hawaii.
He is survived by his son Erik, daughter Laura and granddaughter Jemma. He will be remembered for his warm and easy energy, kind and generous smile and ability to do just about everything with ease. A memorial service will be held for Terry at the Loup Loup Ski Bowl, on Saturday (June 30), 2018, at 3 p.m. Any donations considered can be made to the Loup Loup Ski Education Foundation.
Precht-Harrison-Nearents Chapel of Okanogan is caring for the arrangements.