Dawn Olson

dawn olson

Dawn Marie (Halvorson) Olson, age 50, passed away on December 29, 2011 from breast cancer under the care of St. John's Hospice in her home in Tulsa. She was surrounded by her loved ones.

Dawn was born on October 25, 1961, in Moorhead, MN, the daughter of Jerome and Mary (Gillette) Halvorson. In 1980 she graduated from Adult Community High School in Fargo. In August of 1980, Dawn married Rodney Olson. She worked for Tharaldson Motel Corp. in Fargo. She later worked for Matrix Service Inc. in Tulsa.

Dawn enjoyed life, traveling, exploring, country music - and most importantly spending time with family and friends.

Dawn is survived by her son, Ryan Olson of West Fargo; her sisters, Joyce (Richard) Snyder and Pamela Kramer both of Fargo; Patti (Steve) Krebsbach of West Chester, PA; her brothers, Steve Halvorson of Fort Worth, TX; Bryan (Judy) Halvorson of Aberdeen, WA; and Brad (Patty) Halvorson of West Fargo; her mother-in-law and best friend, Emily Olson of West Fargo; and her companion, Fernando Villanueva of Tulsa.

Dawn is preceded in death by her parents.

View current weather.

Memories Timeline


  1. Moorhead MN

    We are very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May you find the strength to understand God’s plan for your Mom as she was taken much too soon. God Bless.

    Tim & Joni Colby

  2. Tulsa OklahomaThere are people who find their way into our lives and hearts and when they leave we are left with a tremendous sense of loss and longing. That is how I and many others feel since Dawn left us. The memory of her friendship, smile and spirit will be embraced and cherished by all of us forever.

  3. West Fargo, ND
    Chandra, Ian, Ryan and family,

    I am so sorry to hear about Dawn. May God bless you and keep you during this difficult time.

  4. West Fargo N.D
    .My thought’s and prayer’s are with you all at this time, I used to hang with Dawn, Dara and Bonnie, we shared such good time’s. I will alway’s remember her smile. we laughed alot, had some amazing time’s! Dawn, please say hi to Bonnie for me, until we meet again, God Bless!

  5. Fargo I worked with Dawn at Tharaldson’s for almost 5 years and over that time is when she got breast cancer the first time. She was a fighter as I am sure she was a fighter this time. I had not heard she had gotten sick again until just days before her passing…I am sorry for your loss and she has left too early but Dawn is at piece now in God’s care and you will always have her in your memories and in your heart.

  6. Aberdeen WATo my little sister my you rest in peace,
    And be with all your loved ones who have gone before you. You will be missed greatly. I am sorry that I was not there for you in the end. As in life people grow apart, but the love will always be there. You will never be forgotten and will always be in my heart.
    Love You Dawn

  7. Owasso OKRyan and family,
    I just want you to know how much we all loved working with Dawn at Matrix Service. She was very dedicated to her job and I was so lucky to have her. She was a very wonderful person and always had a smile on her face and a funny story to share. I know she loved her family deeply. Remember she is no longer suffering and is in a much better place. I am hoping you are blessed by angels above, surrounded by smiles and encouraged by love. And hoping you know, whatever you do, that so many people are thinking of you. I know that she will always be with us and watching over all of us.

  8. Richville MN
    I worked with Dawn for many years at Tharaldson’s. She was a sweetheart who always had a smile on her face and in her eyes. I watched her brave battle with cancer when working with her and didn’t know she had gotten sick again. She was a HUGE inspiration to me with my own battle with breast cancer. I am so sad to hear this news…I hope all her dreams came true in OK. God bless her sweet little soul!

  9. Fargo ND
    Ryan & family, I am so very sorry for your loss! Dawn was a kind, loving woman who was a big part of my childhood, I have so many fond memories of her growing up, she always treated me like family and I will miss her dearly. Ryan if you need anything at all call me 701-639-8154. I hurt so badly for you buddy.

  10. West Fargo ND
    Ryan and family: My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time….Your mom was an amazing person.I will cherish the memories of her always. God bless you all!!!!!! Robyn

  11. My dear family, I am so very sorry to hear of your loss. Dawn endured a great battle and I pray knowing her peace now will bring you some comfort. My thoughts and prayers go out for you all. Know that Dawn and Becky are reunited and together, we have two beautiful angels smiling down on the world sending us their blessings, comfort, and memories to ease our sadness. God’s peace to you all. In sympathy and love, Debbie Brand

  12. Aurora COYou were a GREAT cousin! I will always remember the good times. You were so sweet to me as I was growing up. The last time we emailed one another, we talked about getting together hopefully in Fargo. Your life was cut too short. I hope that grandma had a plate of donuts waiting for you. Grandma, Sis, grandpa, dad, Jerome, everyone will be watching out for you. Until we see one another again cousin. You will be in my thoughts and heart.
    Love you always!

Sign the Guestbook, Light a Candle

Accessibility Tools