June 24, 1937 ~ August 21, 2020

Born in: Minneapolis, MN
Resided in: Manhattan Beach, CA

Terry Frederick Olson, a resident of Manhattan Beach California since the early 1970s, passed away on Friday, August 21, 2020 in Manhattan Beach, California. Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Terry was 83 when he died. Terry worked for Aerospace Corporation as a Senior Systems Analyst and retired in 2011. He was an incredibly talented artist. His talents included sculpting, jewelry-making, and painting. As a young man, he took art classes at UCLA, and one art class that he loved was Jan Stussy’s. His amazing sculpting talent started with simple origins: a young boy playing with clay. He worked in many different mediums. He sold some bronze pieces at galleries in Palm Springs as well as Hawaii. He also created resin pieces of different types of athletes for the George Good Corporation for the 1984 Olympics, titled the “Thrill of Victory” collection. As a jewelry-maker, he created fine-jewelry pieces, rings and pendants mostly, for his family and friends. On a more personal note, he designed his wedding band to Jin Olson, his surviving wife.

He contributed to his community as well, raising money and finding volunteers to plant fifty autumn-colored trees along the Greenbelt. For this effort, he made the cover of The Beach Reporter. Additionally, he hosted an annual breakfast party for over twenty years during the weekend of the Manhattan Beach fair, and party-goers could ease their post-run muscle aches with a dip in the hot-tub, or sate their hunger with breakfast pastries. A life-long lover of nature, he loved gardening and cultivating his own organic masterpieces in his own backyard. In his personal residence, he planted four apple trees, a papaya tree, a lemon tree, a pear tree, an apricot tree, a plum tree, a peach tree, and a persimmon tree. He also grafted fuji apple branches onto gala trees, and vice versa.

Terry took a personal interest in his genealogy and compiled a detailed family tree of his paternal lineage from Norway and Sweden. If he was up for it, he always enjoyed a drive down to Alpine Village, where he’d get his usual — apple strudel and bratwurst, certainly interpretable as a celebration of his German heritage. He took a personal interest in Hollywood High even as an alumni, and this year had been designing a display case for his graduating class. At Hollywood High, he was the president of the Spartan’s social club, and never let anyone around him forget that fact. He organized two successful Hollywood High School Reunions in Manhattan Beach; people came from all over the country, both times. He was successful in recreating the atmosphere of his high school days; people played frisbees and games at the beach, and also enjoyed arcade games, a photo booth, never-ending pizza, and a MASH actor’s presence at the local Round Table.

He was lively and sociable and yet, at the same time, was a total and complete homebody. When he was at home, he loved spending time watching movies as well as spending time with his family. One of his favorite shows to watch in the past decade was Grimm, a reimagining of the Brothers Grimm fairy tales in Portland. One of his favorite movies, in general, was Rebel Without a Cause. He loved cars, and when he felt well, could spend hours wandering the parking lot of the Ruby’s in Redondo Beach during car show season. If you asked him a question about one car, he had at least twenty answers for you. We will be celebrating his life at an outdoor venue party in 2021.

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  1. Terry will be greatly missed by each and every one of us. He was not shy in sharing his love for his wife Jin and daughter Nicolette. Rest in peace, Terry.

  2. candle 4Terry always had funny, interesting, as well as insightful stories to tell. I enjoyed spending time with him, both at Aerospace and outside of work. I’ll miss him very much. Rest in peace Terry.

  3. candle 2I was heartbroken to hear the news about Terry. Heartbroken for Jin and Nicolette, who were clearly the center of his universe. I knew Terry through The Aerospace Corporation’s Track Club, which Terry belonged to as long as I was there, which dates back to at least the mid- to late-1980s. As a matter of fact, Terry still holds the age-graded record all-time in the Track Club for the shot put, and only one person of any age ever threw it farther than him. Terry is also listed at 4th place all-time in the discus throw, so he leaves a distinguished legacy as one of our best throwers ever. One of my earliest memories about Terry was his hospitality, as he hosted our end-of-the-year Tune-Down party many times, a tradition I have tried to emulate since I became club president almost 30 years ago. Terry always made everyone feel right at home in his. No doubt he is still doing the same….

  4. I’ve know Terry since moving to CA…in the 60s…
    We were programmers at Lockheed in Burbank..
    He was always high energy..talented..smart..and had wonderful gatherings for all his friends…
    And will never forget his..’two brick’ breakfast…he needed bricks for new house porch!!
    God bless you Mr Terry..
    Next gathering will be at your piece of heaven!!

  5. I was heartbroken to hear this very sad news about Terry — heartbroken for Jin and Nicolette, who were clearly at the center of Terry’s universe. I know we will all miss him very much. I have known Terry since the late 1980s through the Aerospace Corporation’s Track Club, where he still owns the all-time age-graded record in the Shot Put, and is listed as 4th in the Discus Throw; in fact only one person of ANY age in our Club has ever thrown the Shot farther than Terry, so he leaves a distinguished legacy with us. One of the other strong memories I have of Terry was his hospitality, which was as large as he was. Terry and Jin hosted many of our end-of-the-year Tune Down parties at their home when I was younger, and I have striven to maintain that tradition of his hospitality decades later. He always made everyone feel completely at home in his, and is surely still doing the same…

  6. candle 7Terry had a story for every occasion. I worked with Terry at The Aerospace Corp. When I went to him for assistance with an Natural database problem he would first have to tell me a story before he would tell me how to resolve the issue. When he married Jin all conversation started with how much enjoyed being with her. Then Nicolette was born, and he was so proud. He always talked about how good she was doing in school. You both brought so much Love and Joy to his life, and you could see it in him. Know that he Loved you both very much. He’s in a much better place, watching over you. Remember the Good times you had together.

  7. candle 4I’m really a
    sad to hear about Terry’s passing. He helped me look for a place to live and took me in when I was coming from Sweden for an internship in Los Angeles in 2008/2009.

    It takes a special someone to go to such lengths to help a complete stranger, coming from such a far away place, and to invite him in to his home and family. My trip would have been a different one without his help.

    Although I’m sad for your departure Terry, I’m glad I got the opportunity to meet such an unselfish and kind soul as you and your family.

    All of our love from Sweden

  8. I’ll be forever grateful to Terry for organizing the Hollywood High reunions. He was a outstanding and caring man. Our condolences to his family. Sam and Nancy Russo

  9. Terry was a dear friend for many many years. He was so talented and was interested in lots of subjects. I always got a kick out of his latest project and would remind him to finish it. Jane and I lend our support to Jin & Nicollete and share all those memories.

  10. candle 1Condolences to Terrys family.
    Terry had a wonderful gift for putting people together in the kindest way.
    Rest in peace

  11. candle 7Your youngest brother will miss you very much I’m sure you are with our mother now in a better place. We had our ups and downs over the years But we also loved and cared for each other and that is what I will always remember you were many things to me. A older brother a uncle type And a father figure that makes you except for our mother the most special person I’ve ever known in my life. I grieve for your family that loved you You will always by missed by me love Rick

  12. candle 1Terry had a big heart. I will miss our email correspondence where he was showing his genuine interest in his Swedish roots.
    My sincere condolences to Jin and Nicolette.

  13. candle 6Terry was a very talented and curious person. I worked with Terry at the Aerospace Corporation from 2001 until he retired. I admired his creativity and talent as I am an artist as well. Rest in peace Terry, you will be missed.

  14. candle 1Ill found out first to day about Terrys passing away. So sorry to hear that. I remeber him when he and his family visiting Sweden for the first time . He was so genuin interested of little tings. It was a joy to meet him and Jin and little Nicolette at that time .
    Rest in peace Terry 🕯⚘

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