Dr. Larry W. Olson, PhD
Dr. Larry W. Olson, PhD
April 19th, 1949 to December 29, 2021
Larry Wayne Olson went to his eternal home on December 29th, 2021. He was born in Winfield, Kansas to Clifford and Opal Olson. Larry received his undergraduate at Oklahoma State University and his master’s and PhD at the University of Nebraska.
Larry had a passion for detail. At an early age, he developed a love for cattle and fishing while working on his parents farm and ranch in Osage County outside of Grainola, Oklahoma. Larry graduated from Shidler High School with many honors, especially in 4-H on a local and state level. He never wavered about his dream of building a bull and cattle research facility once he received his doctorate. At Clemson University he was: Professor and Founder of the Edisto Forage Bull Test.
Throughout life he loved to fish. He could tell you how many fish he caught each day and every year, the weather on that day, location, and lure he caught them on. His focus for detail was unmatched in his career and fishing.
He loved his nieces and nephews, grand-nieces, and nephews. He purposed to do anything they wished including having tea parties. Ultimately, he taught everyone to fish, THE RIGHT WAY. It was especially heart warming at Christmas to see the fun gifts he gave his great-nieces and nephews. The most recent gift was Pink Bubble Gum Supper Flukes. Even those who were too young to fish received the prized Bubble Gum Supper Flukes.
Larry was a humble person. He loved Oklahoma, Osage County, and the country life, but he loved South Carolina, as well. He lived in Barnwell, South Carolina for 41 years and built a life there with many committed and kind friends. In retirement he fished, literally, every day weather permitting. His last recorded fishing date was late October and he documented 1350 bass in the boat for 2021. I am certain he is fishing in heaven and talking to all the cowboys who went before him.
He is survived by his mother, Opal Olson (93) of Hennessey, Ok.; sister Debbie and husband Butch Schaefer of Perry; brother Gary and wife Shouna Olson of Edmond; niece Wynter and husband William Casallas and their children Brecklyn and Brookston of Oklahoma City; nephew Chase his wife Kathryn and three children, Grace, Kelli and Cara of Edmond; nephews, Preston, Cliff and wife Suzanne Crow of Kingfisher, and three children, Jayden (husband Jace) Flewellen, Zac and Ryan, Richard and wife Nancy Crow of Perry ,and three children, Alex, wife Kyleigh and daughter Ellie Opal, Megan and Clifton.
In lieu of flowers make a donation to: The South Carolina Cattlemen’s Association. PO Box 207, Saluda, SC 29138. Please make checks payable to the South Carolina Junior Beef Round-Up Larry Olson Scholarship Fund.
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