Doug Olson


June 25, 1944 - January 31, 2020


Doug Olson, 75, Mitchell, formerly Artesian, S.D. died Friday, January 31, 2020 in Gilbert, A.Z.  Visitation will be Friday, February 28, 2020, from 5-7 PM at Bittner Funeral Chapel with a prayer service at 6:30.  Funeral services will be 10:30 AM Saturday, February 29, at Resurrection Lutheran Church. Burial will be in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Artesian.

Douglas Delaney Olson was born on June 25, 1944 to Orlando and Doris (Hunter) Olson in Mitchell, SD.  He was raised on the family farm north of Artesian.  As an infant, Doug contracted meningitis which he was able to overcome.  He attended Artesian Public School graduating in 1962.  His favorite classes were history and government. He could name the US presidents in order in less than a minute. Doug played on the high school football and basketball teams.

He attended Northern State University where he majored in history and hanging out with the school athletes. Deciding that college wasn’t in his future, he became the owner/manager of Lucky’s Bar in Aberdeen.  Doug was active with the Republican Party in his younger years.  He was elected Vice Chairman of the Young Republicans in 1972, and was voted “Outstanding Young Republican of the Year”.

Doug later moved back to Artesian where he and his friend, Dee Jones, raised livestock until Doug eventually took over the family farm.  Doug was an excellent hay stacker, a skill he learned from Uncle Ott.  Doug, also, guided pheasant hunters for over 50 years.  He hosted the South Dakota Governor’s Hunts in 1972 and 1986.  Doug was an avid follower of South Dakota High School Basketball, especially Class B.  He was an encyclopedia of high school basketball statistics. He could tell you, which team won any state tournament, the high scorer, the coach, the final score, the point spread and what he had bet on the game. 

Doug married Joyce Phillips on April 3, 1976.  They were blessed with three children (David, Joseph and Jill).  Doug and Joyce continued living on the farm until 2012 when they moved to Mitchell.  Doug always prided his “Supervisory” abilities.  When a calf needed to be pulled, everyone in the family had a particular job. His job was to tell everyone else what to do.

In later years, West Whitlock Resort became his Happy Place. Ole enjoyed being out fishing for walleye or talking politics or sports with anyone who would listen. He caught his prize walleye last year while fishing on Lake Sakakawea in North Dakota.

Doug is survived by his wife, Joyce of Mitchell; his son, Joseph of Bismarck, ND; his daughter, Jill (grand puppy Tilly) of Letcher; his sister, Barb (LaMoine) Torgerson of Mitchell; and his brother Darrell (Judy) Olson of Mitchell.  

He is preceded in death by his son, David; his parents; his sister, Norma; his infant brother, Roger; his special Uncle Ott; and his best friend, Dee Jones.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be directed to the South Dakota High School Basketball Hall of Fame (SDBBHOF).




Friday, February 28, 2020
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
6:30 PM Prayer Service

Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 W Havens
Mitchell, SD 57301


Saturday, February 29, 2020
10:30 AM
Resurrection Lutheran Church
4013 N Main St
Mitchell, SD 57301


Mount Pleasant Cemetery
Artesian, SD

Posted by Darrell and Karen Sonne on March 3, 2020
So very sorry for your loss. Thinking of you and your family. Hugs and prayers to you!
Posted by Lynda Jerry Bieniek on February 29, 2020
We only know you for a short time but your sweetheart may you rest in peace God is holding you tight
Posted by Gabriele Snortum on February 28, 2020
Deepest sympathies Judy to you and your family.
Posted by PJ Johnson on February 27, 2020
Loss of a friend and American whose memory brings back thinking about good times.
Posted by Jerry and Roylene Kneen on February 27, 2020
Thoughts and prayers for you and your family
Posted by Curtis C. Rees III on February 26, 2020
Rest in peace, my friend. Condolences to all.
Posted by Alvin & Judy Fischer on February 25, 2020
Our deepest sympathy to all.
Posted by Donna Bullis Wernick on February 25, 2020
I have fond memories of hanging out in Artesian. There were some good times shared with Doug, Dee, Darrell and Judy. So sorry for your loss.
Posted by TamA Backlund on February 25, 2020
I am so sorry for your loss Joyce, Barb and Darrell and all your Olson/Phillips loved ones.
Posted by Judy Olson on February 25, 2020
Thinking of YOU and sending PRAYERS YOUR way ๐Ÿ™๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน
Posted by Diane Royalty on February 25, 2020
My sympathy to you and your family, Joyce.
Posted by Dan and Connie muller on February 25, 2020
Sorry for your loss.Thoughts and prayers to you Joyce,Joe,and Jill
Posted by Jo Oberg on February 25, 2020
My prayers and sympathies are with all of you. So very sorry!
Posted by Cindy Graham on February 24, 2020
My thoughts and prayers are with you Joyce and family.
Posted by Nancy Kelly on February 24, 2020
This obituary describes Doug-great job & am sure Doug would approve!!! SOO many wonderful memories yโ€™all have to celebrate his life. Sending prayers & hugs Joyce, Jill & Joe!!
Posted by Pat Pedersen on February 24, 2020
Thoughts and prayers for you and your family.
Posted by Joe & Megan Unterbrunner on February 24, 2020
Joyce, Joe & Jill, Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
Posted by Lisa Mathis on February 24, 2020
Joyce and family,
Deepest sympathy and prayers
Posted by Dean and Deb Cook on February 24, 2020
May special memories of time spent together warm your family's heart! Our condolences.
Posted by Leslie Ohlrogge on February 21, 2020
Love and prayers to you and your family. You are frequently in my thoughts. May you be rich in his blessings and all the great memories that live in your heart each day.
Posted by Doug and Mona Zeeck on February 18, 2020
Oh Joyce and family, I am so terribly sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Posted by Delores Volk on February 12, 2020
My deepest condolences
Posted by Delores Volk on February 12, 2020
My deepest condolences
Posted by Kathy Peterson on February 10, 2020
May God carry you through this difficult time.
Posted by Pat and Bobbie Clark on February 6, 2020
Holding you up in prayer.
Posted by Sandra Twedt on February 4, 2020
Joyce you and your family have my deepest sympathy.
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