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Community Activist and Port Commissioner Oly Olson dies

Oly Olson dies at age 66 Tireless community booster and builder.

Oly Olson dies at age 66
Tireless community booster and builder.
Testifying before the Newport City Council, recently

Newport Port Commissioner Oly Olson has died of what appeared to be a massive heart attack while painting an outside deck of his home.

Oly Olson was a seven year resident of Newport and a native Oregonian having spent early years in Beaverton but attended High School and College in the Sacramento area. Oly retired in 2005 after a 36 year career with the National Park Service, rising to become a high ranking administrator at Yosemite National Park near Fresno.

Oly was always a hard worker at tackling community problems which no doubt prompted him to play a substantial role in Newport’s efforts to improve its local economy. He served tirelessly on the Port and Newport’s task force at moving forward with plans for a log export operation at the port’s International Terminal. When faced with opposition from neighbors living along a prime logging truck access route to the terminal, he immediately launched an effort to find an alternate one that would take some time to produce – but he believed it could be done.

Oly then ran for Newport Port Commissioner and won.

Oly consistently demonstrated that no matter how heated a debate became, it was never too late for cooler heads to prevail using well researched and thoughtful alternatives. Oly always thought outside the box.

Newport has lost a heckuva human being as well as an imaginative community booster and builder.

 

 

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