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Doug Olson, ’82, Enters Chapter Eternal

Doug Olson

Brother Doug Olson, a commercial real estate agent and entrepreneur died Nov. 12 at the age of 58.

Brother Douglas Bailey Olson graduated from the University of Arizona with a degree in business in 1982. After six years in commercial real estate, he joined his wife, Jill in residential appraising in 1998 and founded Sonoma Coast Spirits in 2011.

Brother Olson was born on May 13, 1960, in Santa Monica, California, and raised in Denver, Colorado. He graduated high school from Kent Denver in 1978.

Brother Olson enjoyed, and was passionate about, skiing the mountain of Vail, Colorado; being part of the down-hill racing team at Vail; teaching his three sons how to ski; fly-fishing Wigwam in Colorado and the Big Horn River in Montana.. He also enjoyed hunting; playing lacrosse from fourth grade through college at the University of Arizona; and spending summers at the Olson Family Cottage on Basswood Lake in Ontario, Canada.  He was a co-founder of Petaluma Youth Lacrosse in 2004 in Petaluma, California.

He leaves his wife of 29 years, Jill; children, Carter, Blake, Grant, and Caroline; mother, Virginia Cox Olson; and brother Steven Olson, and sister Jill Glaser. His father, Richard, died just nine months before Brother Olson.

Memorial donations can be made to help with college expenses for his youngest child Caroline at: https://www.gofundme.com/douglas-olson-memorial-fund.

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John Woodbury Enters Chapter Eternal

John Woodbury

John Hettinger Woodbury, ‘56, who worked in the home construction business, entered Chapter Eternal on Feb. 22, 2018. He was 83.

He was born in Kansas City, Missouri, on April 11, 1934, where he attended W. C. Bryant and Pembroke Country Day School, class of 1952, where he lettered in four major sports. College began at the University of Arizona, where he joined Sigma Chi, and then onto the University of Kansas. 

Brother Woodbury started building houses and apartments in Lawrence, Kansas, and homes and chalets in Colorado. Moving to Southern California in 1976, he gravitated to custom woodworking: designing and building entertainment centers, kitchens, beams, paneling and many other specialties. He never wanted to retire and worked full-time for Woodbury Construction Co., Costa Mesa, California, until he died... 

Brother Woodbury is survived by his three children, his brother Tom, and two grandchildren.

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Bob Robinson Enters Chapter Eternal

Bob Robinson

Brother Clarence Robert (Bob) Robinson, ‘53 entered Chapter Eternal on Dec. 19, 2017.  He was 86. 

Bob was born in Diamond West, Virginia on Sept. 27, 1931. He attended Tucson High School and the University of Arizona, where he pledged Beta Phi. He was also an Air Force officer based out of Holloman AFB New Mexico in the early 1950s where he met Jane, his future wife.

Brother Robinson worked as an engineer/product marketing specialist for Shell Oil and later Motorola and enjoyed geology, camping, hunting, fishing and anything outdoors that involved family. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, brother Keith and sister Rose, both of Tucson, four4 children, 11 grandchildren and 13 great grand children. 

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William Earl Powles Jr. Enters Chapter Eternal

William Earl Powles

Brother William Earl Powles Jr., ’51, entered Chapter Eternal on Nov. 18, 2017. He was 91.

He was on Oct. 1, 1926 in Douglas, Arizona and graduated from Douglas High School as salutatorian in 1944. Upon graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy where he served as an electronic technician's mate third class. He was honorably discharged in 1946. 

Brother Powles then attended the University of Arizona and graduated with a degree in electrical engineering in 1951. Earl was a lifelong member of the Sigma Chi International Fraternity. He married Patricia Downey on Aug. 23, 1950. They were married for 65 years.

He worked at Mountain Bell later known as U.S. West Communications from 1951-1986. He was a Freemason.

Brother is preceded in death by his wife "Pat" and is survived by his children Steve Powles , Diana Powles Lett ; and his grandchildren Andrew Powles, and Sam and Sarah Lett, all of Phoenix. 

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Brother Stanley Patchell Enters Chapter Eternal

Stanley Patchell Chapter Eternal

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