Passing of a Master - Alan Edward Olson

June 19, 1943 - April 13, 2014

Alan Edward Olson, age 70, of Yelm passed away at his home Saturday, April 13, 2014.

Born in Tiviton, Rhode Island to Martha Hammond Olson and Oscar Evald Olson, Alan enjoyed living near the ocean and spending summer’s on his grandparents’ tobacco farm in Amherst.

Around the age of 13, he became active in Boy Scouts where he earned the distinction of Eagle Scout and ran his paper route. His love for the trumpet began around this time as well, eventually leading him to Eastman School of Music. While attending John Marshall High School in Rochester, New York, Alan participated in wrestling and football and more than a few pranks.

In 1961 he was accepted into Syracuse University where he studied history and pre law within Maxwell School of Law at SU. While at Syracuse, he also met and married his future wife, Cheryl Fauth of Hamburg, New York. He spent his first year studying law at Harvard while working evenings at a Carlings Brewery. Alan graduated from Suffolk School of Law, in 1971 with a degree in law and two young children and soon a third followed.

Throughout his career he owned and operated several law firms, all in Watertown, Massachusetts. He moved his family to the west coast in the fall of 1989, where he told his family this is a place where “The mountains touch the ocean”.

Alan and his wife separated in the early 90’s. Alan met Cindy Schorno in the Spring of 1989. Alan and Cindy were good friends for many years before entering into a relationship in 1999. Alan and Cindy operated Yelm Real Estate.

Alan is survived by his brother Robert and Robert’s wife Cathy and their 4 children, Christianna, Johnathon, Susan, and Marybeth, life partner Cindy Schorno, daughter Kirsty, son’s Lars and Lief, his 9 adoring grandchildren, Bjorn, Isabel, Mirabeau, Nicolas, Idin, Chatalain, Pearl, Samantha, Luchia and East Coast relatives. Alan will be missed dearly.

A Celebration of Life will be held April 27th at the Nisqually Springs (Schorno Agribusiness) Farm at 1pm. Potluck and BYOB. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to The Phoenix Rising School, Rainier, WA or American Heart Association, St. Jude’s Cancer Research.


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