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Duane A. Olson

July 6, 1932 — February 25, 2024

Forest Lake

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Duane Allen Olson, a beloved father, grandfather, and friend. Duane's life began on July 6, 1932, in Comstock, Wisconsin, where he was born to Russell and Helen Olson. His strong work ethic and dedication were instilled in him from an early age when his father passed away, and he discovered his passion for carpentry which would become his life's work.

Duane was a proud graduate of Forest Lake High School, Class of 1950.   During his high school years he was active in sports where he Captained the Forest Lake Football Team.  He also worked as a lifeguard.
 
Throughout his career, Duane excelled as a carpenter, working diligently at Capp Homes and later at Olympic Pools, Design Stages, and Custom One Homes. He poured his heart and soul into every project, leaving behind a legacy of beautifully crafted homes, storefronts, and displays, including storefronts at the Mall of America and displays with the Olympics and Super Bowls.  Duane's commitment extended beyond his professional life, as he was actively involved in Boy Scouts and proudly achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. He also served as a scout leader, guiding and inspiring many young men on unforgettable camping adventures.  He proudly assisted his grandson, Korey in achieving his own rank of Eagle Scout.  Duane was also a member of the Forest Lake Masonic Lodge.
 

In 1959, Duane married the love of his life, Janet, beginning a beautiful journey together that included raising three daughters - JoDee, MarCee, and BecKee -and grandson, Korey. Duane's family was the cornerstone of his life, and he cherished every moment spent with them, embarking on numerous unforgettable family vacations across the United States and beyond.  His travels took him to each of the 50 states, Mexico and Canada.
 
Duane's profound impact was not confined to his professional and personal life alone. For over 28 years, he was an integral part of the Mattson Funeral Home Family, serving the community with compassion and empathy during their most difficult moments. His warm presence and unwavering dedication comforted countless individuals over the years, leaving an indelible mark on all who knew him.

He is preceded in death by his parents; wife, Janet; sister-in-law, Audrey Olson; many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

He is survived by his daughters, JoDee, MarCee, BecKee; grandson, Korey; granddogs, Coco, Sadie, Lightning, Shadow; brother, Gene; sister, Diane (Bob) Moorhouse; godchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
 

Duane's legacy of love, hard work, and selflessness will live on in the hearts of his daughters, grandson, extended family, and friends. As we mourn the loss of this remarkable man, we take comfort in the knowledge that his spirit will forever guide and inspire us.
 
 A funeral service to honor his life will be held at 2:30 p.m., Sunday, March 10, 2024 at Mattson Funeral Home, 343 North Shore Drive, Forest Lake.  Visitation will be held from 12:00 p.m., until the time of service.  Private interment will be held at Oakland Cemetery, Marine on St. Croix, Minnesota. May we find solace in remembering the extraordinary life of Duane Allen Olson and the profound impact he had on all who had the privilege of knowing him.

Memorials are preferred to the Special Olympics.

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Sunday, March 10, 2024

12:00 - 2:30 pm (Central time)

Mattson Funeral Home & Cremation Service

343 North Shore Drive, Forest Lake, MN 55025

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Funeral Service

Sunday, March 10, 2024

Starts at 2:30 pm (Central time)

Mattson Funeral Home & Cremation Service

343 North Shore Drive, Forest Lake, MN 55025

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