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Kerry Olson

August 14, 1959 — November 2, 2023

Sioux Falls

Kerry was called to the Lord Thursday, November 2, 2023. He was 64 years old and born to Harold Fredrick Olson and Frances Jene (Schoonmaker), stepmother Alice Jean Hiersche. He was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his loving wife of 44 years, Lisa Salazar, and 3 children: Isaiah (wife-Andrea), Jason and Chelsea.  He had 7 grandchildren: Sullivan, Romy, Conway (Isaiah’s kids), Oliver, Maxwell (Jason’s kids), Cooper, and Annabelle (Chelsea’s kids). He is also survived by his 3-brothers Walter (wife-Dora), Kevin, and Michael (wife-Judy), and 2-sisters, Lee-anne and Kim (husband-Mike)

Kerry Olson joined the Fergus Falls US Fish & Wildlife - Wetland Acquisition Office in the spring of 2019 - 2023 as a Realty Specialist. Kerry grew up in Santa Fe and is a graduate of New Mexico State University in Las Cruces. After graduation he started a career in government service working as a land specialist with the New Mexico State Land Office in Roswell. Kerry left the desert for the high plains of Wyoming in 1988 - 2017 and spent many years with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department in Cheyenne working as a land management specialist, real estate appraiser and wildlife biologist. Most of his time with the department was devoted to acquisitions and appraisals of conservation easements in crucial wildlife habitats and big game migration corridors. Kerry also spent several years doing right-of-way work in the oil fields near Casper, Wyoming as a realty specialist with the Bureau of Land Management. Outside of work Kerry enjoyed exploring New Mexico, Wyoming, and Minnesota, listening to music, trying to paint, camping, hunting, fishing, and spending time with his wife Lisa, and their three children and seven grandchildren.

Favorite fishing was done at the New Mexico Navajo Lake, San Juan River, and all over Wyoming, he always traveled with his fishing pole(s).


He will be truly missed by all that loved him. 

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