Lloyd Earl Olson

Former Durango resident Lloyd Earl Olson died Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012, at Vista Grande Inn in Cortez. He was 97.

Mr. Olson, along with his twin sister, Laura, was born to Ralph Hasper and Inga Olson on Sept. 22, 1915, in Wadena, Saskatchewan, Canada. His grandparents Engebrecht and Nariana Olson raised him. His family left Canada when he was a baby, and Mr. Olson grew up in North Dakota.

On Oct. 8, 1939, he married Doris Ollie Stiles in Sykeston, N.D.

“Lloyd was first and foremost a cowboy,” his family said. Mr. Olson worked as a cowboy as a young man.

He went on to work for about 35 years for the Great Northern and Northern Pacific railroads.

The Olsons moved to Durango in 1964. While living here, Mr. Olson also worked in the kitchen at the BAR D Chuckwagon and for Coca-Cola Bottling Co.

He was a member of the Masonic Lodge No. 46, the Animas Valley Grange and the Benevolent & Protective Order of Elks Lodge 507 for a number of years.

He moved to Cortez about five years ago.

Mr. Olson was preceded in death by his wife of almost 60 years, Doris Ollie Olson, in 1999; and son William C. Olson.

He is survived by his children James A. Olson of Lewis, Betty J. Peterson of Salt Lake City and Thomas L. Olson of Bargas, Minn.; 10 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012, at the Ertel Chapel, 42 N. Market St. in Cortez. The time will be available later on the funeral home’s website or by calling 565-3468.

Online condolences may be sent at www.ertelfuneralhome.com.