Keith Allan Olson, 62, son of the late Ernest and Elsie (Reese) Olson, passed away suddenly from a stroke on Jan. 3, 2013, where he resided in Falls Church. Keith was born in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota, on June 9, 1950, was selected for the Outward Bound program, and graduated as salutatorian from Detroit Lakes High School in 1968.
After graduating from Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan, with degrees in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering in 1972, Keith worked in Korea for two years as part of a program with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, installing computer systems for South Korean businesses.
Keith accepted a position with Booz Allen Hamilton, where he worked as a computer specialist before joining SAIC, a consulting firm for government agencies, as a Sr. Systems Analyst from December 1986 until his death.
Keith was an organ donor, and three recipients received transplants of his kidneys and liver.
Although Keith never married, he had an active life with training to the level of Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do, being a swordsman (epee), enjoying rock climbing, playing handball, and rollerblading. He was an avid reader and was well-versed in a myriad of subjects.
Keith is survived by two sisters and two brothers: June Knopp of Grand Forks, North Dakota; Sharon (husband Ken) Davidson of Avon Lake, Ohio; Loren (wife Lynn) Olson of Oregon City, Oregon, and Harley Olson of Detroit Lakes; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Keith was preceded in death by two brothers, Duane Olson in 2011, Paul Olson in 1980; his parents Ernest C. and Elsie (Reese) Olson; and grandparents Fred and Amelia (Peters) Reese, G. Albert and Anna (Hanson) Olson.
A celebration of life ceremony will take place in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota, this summer. His ashes will be buried at Lakeview Cemetery in Lakeview Township immediately following the ceremony.