Northwest NEWS

October 16, 2000



Knut was born in Vessigebro, Sweden on Nov. 9, 1922.
   He grew up on a working farm with 14 siblings. After serving in the Swedish army during W.W. II, Knut came to America in 1948 to fulfill his lifelong dream of being an entrepreneur.
   He began his American journey in Ballard where he helped build the foundation for what is now the Husky Stadium.
   After several landmark projects, Knut traveled to Alaska to work in the fishing industry until he met his future wife, Ida West, in 1962. Ida shared his passion for fishing in all seasons.
   Knut and Ida had two children, Ralph and Peggy, and the family settled in Woodinville in 1971.
   In 1977 Knut purchased the Gold Creek Trout Farm and worked tirelessly to make it the thriving business and landmark it is today in the Woodinville community.
   In addition to work, Knut was an avid orienteerer who earned worldwide recognition, winning many national and international competitions.
   Knut was also a lifelong member of the Masonic Lodge and the Swedish Club.
   He was known for his quick wit, strength of character and strong work ethic. He was a survivor through and through and will surely be missed. Through all of Knut's endeavor's he made a lasting impression on all who crossed paths with him.
   A memorial service will be held Oct. 18 at 2 p.m. at Purdy & Walters at Floral Hills, Lynnwood.
   Knut is survived by his wife, Ida Olson; daughter and son-in-law, Peggy and Steve; son and daughter-in-law, Ralph and Laurie; and grandchildren, Travis, Jack, Ben and Taylor.
   Remembrances can be made to N.W. Hospital Foundation, 1550 North 115th St. Seattle, WA 98133, Mail Stop W. 303, in memory of Knut Olson.