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Malcolm Wadsworth Olien

Malcolm Wadsworth Olien, 75, of Brookings died Sept. 14, 2002, at home of a brief illness.

He was born Jan., 19, 1927, in New Richman, Wis., to Mickey and Hazel (Ameson) Olien. He joined the Merchant Marine at a young age. He then served in the U.S. Coast Guard before enlisting in the Army in 1945. Mr. Olien served overseas during World War II and was honorably discharged in 1948.

He married Mary Lou Thurmen June 9, 1952 in Vancouver, Wash. He worked in the the plywood industry in a variety of positions, eventually becoming a superintendent. During his career, he worked at Louisiana Pacific and Georgia Pacific in Samoa, Calif., and Champion Lumber in South Carolina. He retired in 1989 and moved to Brookings.

Mr. Olien was an artist and was a member of the Pelican Bay Art Association and Crescent City Art Association. He was a golfer and a member of the Del Norte Golf Course.

In 1980, a trip to watch the Masters Tournament in Atlanta became a highlight of his life. He loved to tell stories and "tall tales" and always had a joke. He enjoyed people, and was a devoted family man.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years; daughters, Sue Cotter of McKinleyville, Calif., and Roxanne Wilson of Paradise, Calif.; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Nancy and Curt Proza of Lebanon, and Patricia and Monte Cole of Wenatchee, Wash.; a brother and sister-in-law, Joseph and Cheryl Olien of Vancouver, Wash.; grandchildren Mariah McDermott and Michelle Wilson; and great-grandchildren Jessica and Bradlee McDermott, and Michael Wilson.

Arrangements are under the direction of Redwood Memorial Chapel in Brookings.

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