October 25, 1955 ~ October 31, 2012
Paul Dennis Olson, 57, passed away Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at Veteran Affairs Medical Center, in Fargo, North Dakota. While his spirit left his physical body on this date, his soul will be with each of us in everything we do…always.
Paul was born October 25, 1955 (one of six children) to Milford and Dolores (Nygaard) Olson in New Rockford, North Dakota. He graduated from Tower City High School in 1973. Paul then enlisted in the United States Army, serving in Germany as a Specialist Fourth Class until he was honorably discharged in 1976.
Upon Paul’s return from military service, he began his higher education at North Dakota State University. He held miscellaneous jobs for a few years. He then had a hiatus for several years with plenty of time to think, find his true higher power, and align himself with his future goals and life path. He finalized his education later in life, receiving his Degree and Licensure for Counseling in Drug and Alcohol Abuse Recovery. Paul eventually received his Master of Arts in Health and Human Services Administration from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota.
Utilizing his own life experience, he wanted to make the ultimate difference in people’s lives by owning and operating Northwest Recovery Center. He was the Director and Lead Counselor for his inpatient/outpatient treatment center for the majority of his professional career. To say he was proud of this achievement would be an understatement. Paul was able to come full circle and share all his experience and knowledge with those in need. He was known for his somewhat brash, humorous, yet always realistic counseling technique and approach with his clients.
Paul also treated his favorite hobbies as passionately as he treated his professional life. He loved fast cars (especially Corvettes), fast bikes (especially Harley-Davidsons), and slow days fishing…whether he caught anything or not. He also loved hunting with his brothers. A cup of coffee and a chat, or an occasional cigar or pipe, would be a good way to round out a relaxing day as well.
Paul is survived by all of his wonderful family and friends. He will be dearly missed, but never forgotten. We can honor him by remembering he is always here with us…as we live each day one day at a time (the way he would want).