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Karl Arthur Olson


Gardnerville resident Karl Arthur Olson, 80, died Dec. 25, 2010, in Reno, following a stroke.

Mr. Olson was born the only child of Swedish immigrants, July 6, 1930, in Ross, Calif. Following graduation from Tamalpais High School in Mill Valley, he signed a contract with the Boston Red Sox to play in their minor league organization. He joined the Red Sox in July 1951, and was drafted in August 1951.

After service in Japan during the Korean War, Mr. Olson returned to the major leagues to play with the Red Sox, Washington Senators, and Detroit Tigers until 1958. His biggest thrill was hitting two home runs in front of President Eisenhower.

Mr. Olson moved to Lake Tahoe and Gardnerville where he established a contracting company and took up golf.

Mr. Olson is preceded in death by son Terry. He is survived by Patricia, his wife of 59 years; son Cary (Nonie) of Gardnerville; son Jerry (Leslie) of Wellington; and grandchildren, Erik of San Diego; Keith of Reno; and Teal of Alex, Okla.

Donations may be made to the Tahoe Rim Trail, 948 Incline Way, Incline Village, NV, 89451, or Douglas County Search & Rescue in care of the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, P.O. Box 218, Minden, NV, 89423.

A memorial service is planned in spring 2011. Walton’s Funerals & Cremations of Minden is in charge of arrangements.