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Reel Time Fishing Northwest

Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

January 16, 2015 at 3:58 PM

Longtime former resort owner Arlen Olson’s celebration of life is Saturday at Sekiu

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(Courtesy of Olson’s Resort)

Arlen Olson, a Sekiu icon and owner of Olson’s Resort at Sekiu passed away on Dec. 31, and at 1 p.m. this Saturday, Jan. 17 at the Sekiu Community Hall there will be a celebration of life potluck.

Arlen and Donnalynn Olson ran one of the oldest sport fishing resorts in the state, and this past November sold the iconic resort with an agreement that the buyers keep it operating pretty much the way it has for nearly eight decades.

The family-owned resort, nestled along the western edge of the Strait of Juan de Fuca in Clallam County, opened in 1936, was put up for sale in 2004 by Arlen, the son of founder Alvin Olson, who passed away in 1970.

The Olsons closed a sale to Mason Family Properties, a company based in Murtaugh, Idaho, that also owns an RV campground and ranch just outside of Twin Falls. It didn’t take long for Brandon and Dawn Mason to fall in love with Sekiu, and after a few visits the couple knew this was going to be their new permanent home and place of business.

Here is a link to my story that ran on Nov. 7 in the paper http://seattletimes.com/html/outdoors/2024979620_outnotes09xml.html.

Arlen will be greatly missed and it was his resort that I caught my first-ever salmon a 10-plus pound coho near the Slip Point buoy back in the early 1970s with my grandfather and grandmother, George and Mary Yuasa, who were good friends with the Olson family.

If you have any questions feel free to call the Mason family at 360-963-2311.

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