June 15, 1965 – May 20, 2022 (age 56)
Brent Keith Olson, 56, passed away suddenly on Friday, May 20, 2022 in his home in Downey, Idaho. Born June 15, 1965 in Westminster, CA, Brent was a loving husband, father, step-father, son, brother, uncle, nephew, and friend.
Brent’s great love of animals and adventure began at a young age. He moved with his family from California to the family farm in Downey, Idaho, where he helped milk cows and move sprinkler pipe. There he spent many golden days outdoors catching rattlesnakes, foxes, and any other creature that snared his attention.
As a youth he enjoyed basketball, soccer, football, and mountain man rendezvous events. Brent graduated from Marsh Valley High School Class of 1983 and worked for a time modeling and handling the sound for local dances and programs.
At the age of 19 Brent was called to serve a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints to Denmark. The years he spent there instilled in him a fierce love for the people, language, and culture that carried throughout his life.
Professionally, Brent worked in several capacities, some of which include auto safety design – for which he obtained several patents – engineering, teaching, and, suitably, a pet store.
Brent married Briget Tomlinson in 1989 and later divorced. He and Rosemary Fawson married December 29, 2006 in Salt Lake City, UT and spent much of the following fifteen years traveling the world before settling once again in Downey.
He loved his land, his family, his country. He enjoyed riding his Harley motorcycle, trying exotic foods, and watching Jazz games. Brent’s courage, strength, and quiet generosity will be acutely missed.
He is survived by his parents Gordon ‘Bud’ and Barbara Parry Olson; daughter, Heather Olson; step-children Krystal (Randon) Anderson, Holly Gentry, Geremy (Kristen) Gentry, Geoffrey (Chelsea) Gentry; siblings Brad, Beth Andrasko, Bryce, Bruce, Brandon, and Ron Olson; 8 grandchildren, and many extended loved ones.
Visitation for friends and family will be Wednesday, May 25, 2022 from 7:00-8:00 pm at Marsh Valley Funeral Home, 570 Meadowview Drive, Arimo, Idaho and Thursday, May 26, 2022, 10:30-11:30 am, funeral service will follow at 12:00 noon at the same location.
Burial will follow at the Downey City Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers the family has set up a fund to assist with funeral and end of life expenses: https://gofund.me/9166d93f.