Brent Olsen 1952 — 2019

Brent Olsen

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the sudden passing of Brent on January 26, 2019. Brent was a loving husband and father, an avid outdoorsman, and a wonderful friend to all who knew him. He was pre-deceased by his parents, Floyd and Georgena, 2 older sisters, Marjorie and Myrna, and infant son, Chad. Brent is survived by his loving wife, Karen, his children, Jeff (Vanessa), Brian (Kathalina), Emily and Eric, 7 grandchildren, Tayla, Josh, Claira, Emma, Xyla, Alexander and Zachary, his sisters, Lorraine and Mary, and his brother George(Susanna), as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Brent was born in Cardston, Alberta in 1952 and grew up in Levitt, Alberta.  In 1974, he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in the first Forestry program offered by the University of Alberta.  Brent began his 40 year career as a forester with the BC Provincial government in Victoria, and it was there that he met his wife, Karen.  After they were married, Brent and Karen moved to Kamloops and lived there happily for 40 years as they raised their family and became part of the community.

Brent loved the outdoors and considered himself fortunate to spend his career enjoying all of God’s beautiful creations. His favourite past time was fishing, which he did year round. He was also an avid bird watcher and nature photographer.  Brent loved to share his enthusiasm of the outdoors with youth through his involvement in Scouts Canada for over 30 years.   He spent many years taking school classes on nature walks where he affectionately earned the title “Mr. Forestry Man.”

Brent’s service extended from his involvement with the Kamloops Square Dancers, where he served as president for 2 years, to his devotion to his faith through his membership in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.  He was always looking for ways to help others and through his thoughtfulness, he blessed countless lives.

The Funeral Service will be held for Brent on Saturday, February 2, 2019 at 11:00am at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. 2165 Parkcrest Avenue. All are welcome to attend.

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14 Tributes

  1. Wally Holt
    Posted January 30, 2019 at 12:46 pm | Permalink

    Oh Karen, I am so sad for you and your family.
    Brent has always been one of my best buddies. Even though we didn’t meet very often, when we did it was just like old times with Brent always making me feel accepted and special. I’m going to miss him too.

  2. Doren Quinton
    Posted January 30, 2019 at 8:56 pm | Permalink

    I will miss this very dear friend. So many wonderful fishing discussions, time together at scout camp, and talks about nature. He even took my son out several times to go bird watching or just for nature walks. What an awesome man and friend. He will be missed so much.

  3. Sheila and Rod Astle
    Posted January 31, 2019 at 7:38 am | Permalink

    We are shocked and saddened by Brent’s passing. All who know him are impressed with his kindness, thoughtfulness and strong spirit. He is an example to all!! He will be sorely missed. Sheila and Rod Astle.

  4. funeral2
    Posted January 31, 2019 at 12:08 pm | Permalink

    Karen and family
    We were so sorry to hear of Brent’s passing. Thoughts and prayers are with you. We will really miss him at dancing.
    Jim Flack and Marg Montalbetti

  5. Ross Kerr
    Posted January 31, 2019 at 2:01 pm | Permalink

    I’m so sorry to hear of Brent’s passing. So sad, was great to work with him as KSD president.

  6. Bernice
    Posted January 31, 2019 at 4:30 pm | Permalink

    Karen, So very sorrry to hear of Brents passing,I thank our Father in heaven for eternal marriage? What a wonderful blessing it is, YOU Will be together again. Meny blessings to you andyour family

  7. Len and Yvonne Leduc
    Posted January 31, 2019 at 6:31 pm | Permalink

    Karen and Family:

    Our sincerest condolences on the loss of Brent. It is so very hard to lose a loved one, especially a beloved spouse. Our prayers are with you all.
    Len and Yvonne Leduc, Star Country Squares, Vernon, B.C.

  8. funeral2
    Posted February 1, 2019 at 8:55 am | Permalink

    We would like to send condolences to Karen Olsen, wife of Brent Olsen who recently passed away. How do we do that, we’re in the south for another two months and don’t have Karen’s address or email address

  9. Leo and Melanie
    Posted February 1, 2019 at 10:06 am | Permalink

    Karen and family.
    Our heart felt condolences go out to you all at this difficult time !
    Brent is a man that I respect very much.
    Him and I had many conversations,(mostly about
    fishing/hunting) at Coopers (where I worked and he shopped) but the latest out on Roche Lk Rd this past fall.
    He and I ran into each other out on our own fishing adventures and had a great talk as always.
    A man who would always stop to say hello and give you some time.
    All our love.
    Leo and Melanie Pouliot(Collingridge)
    Sun Peaks

    • Backman
      Posted February 1, 2019 at 3:06 pm | Permalink

      Dear Karen And family
      We are so sorry to hear of Brent’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers to you.
      Leona and Dave

  10. Linda Favrholdt
    Posted February 3, 2019 at 10:31 am | Permalink

    we are sorry to hear of Brents passing thinking of you and your family at this time.
    Ken and Linda Favrholdt

  11. Clare Kooistra
    Posted February 4, 2019 at 7:00 pm | Permalink

    Very sorry to hear about Brent’s passing. My condolences to you Karen, and the family. My thought and prayers are with you.

  12. E Paczkowski
    Posted February 8, 2019 at 12:35 am | Permalink

    Kamloops has lost a truly dedicated silviculture Forester. As silvicultulists ourselves, we’ve often had the opportunity to work with Brent, and have always appreciated his understanding and commitment to his career. He was an honest and fair person to work for, and we remember him fondly.. Ellen and Peter Paczkowski

  13. Kathy Danchuk
    Posted February 25, 2019 at 9:06 am | Permalink

    Karen, my sincerest condolences to you and your family. I worked for Brent for many years and was so fortunate to have a supervisor who encouraged me to take on new challenges yet was always available to jump in if needed.
    The last couple of years Brent and I have also had some wonderful conversations when I would see him at the hospital. I was so fortunate to see him not long ago and share a warm hug. He was so positive and such an inspiration. He will be missed.

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