Scott Olson

Scott Olson, 59, of Jackson entered into rest on Tuesday, February 22, 2021 at the Ava Hospice House in Sioux Falls, S.D. A private family Celebration of Life service will take place at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, March 2, 2021 at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Jackson with Pastor Matthew Garavalia officiating, 

The service will be livestreamed on the Osterberg Funeral Home Facebook page. Family encourages the public to attend the service via the livestream. 

In lieu of flowers, please direct memorial gifts to Donate Life and Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation in loving memory of Scott. 

Condolences may be sent to the family online at

Scott Alan Olson was born in Watertown, S.D. on January 13, 1962 to Maxine and Dennis Olson. He passed away on Monday, February 22, 2021 at Ava’s House in Sioux Falls. 

He grew up in Montevideo and graduated from Montevideo High School in 1980. He went on to attend Canby Vocational Technical School where he earned his degree in parts management. 

On November 5, 1988, Scott was united in marriage to Donna. With Donna came her two children, Nicole and Matt, who Scott loved as his own. A few years later, Scott and Donna welcomed Bethany into the world to complete their family.  

Scott’s career was in the auto and farm parts and service industries in southwest Minnesota and northwest Iowa, most recently at Ziegler, CAT, before his health prevented him from working any longer. 

Scott loved the outdoors – fishing, hunting, and weekends at Lake Shetek. Family vacations weren’t complete unless there was a fishing lesson involved. He continued teaching the wonders of fishing to his grandkids every summer he could. Nothing made him happier than sharing the outdoors and silly jokes with his kids and grandkids. 

He was man of few words, but when he spoke you knew you’d either laugh or be enlightened, or if you were Matt or Nicci you might get scolded. Even though his final years on earth were filled with many health challenges, he was always there for those who needed him. 

He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Donna of Jackson; three children – Nicole (Eric) Johnson of Sioux Falls, Matthew (Kristina) Sankey of White Bear Township, and Bethany Olson of Sioux Falls; granddaughters – Emma, Annika, Madelyn, Evelina, Harper, and Josefin; and aunts Faye Wahl and Betty Aune. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, Dennis and Maxine Olson; brother, Todd Olson; in-laws Adrian and Bernice Hendricks; his grandparents and several aunts and uncles. 

Posted online on February 24, 2021