Malcom "Mickey" Wads-worth 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 (Arneson) 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. He served overseas during and after World War II and was honorable discharged in 1948.
He married Mary Lou Thurman on June 9, 1952, in Vancouver, Wash. He worked in 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 a member of the Pelican Bay Art Association and Crescent City Art Association. He was an avid golfer and a member of the Del Norte Golf Course. In 1980, a trip to watch the Masters Tournament in Atlanta, Ga. became a highlight of his life. He loved to tell stories, and "tall tales" and always had a joke.
Survivors include his wife; daughters, Sue Cotter of McKinleyville, Calif., and Roxanne Wilson of Paradise, Calif.; sisters and brothers-in-law, Nancy and Curt Proza of Lebanon, and Patricia and Monte Cole of Wenatchee, Wash; brother and sister-in-law, Joseph and Cheryl Olien of Vancouver, Wash.; grandchildren Mariah McDermott and Michelle Wilson; great-grandchildren Jessica and Bradlee McDermott, and Michael Wilson.
Arrangements are under the direction of Redwood Memorial Chapel in Brookings.