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“Dan taught me a lot at my first intership with the DNR. I learned a lot from him and he was always optimistic about teaching me. He always provided...Read More »
1 of 16 | Posted by: Patrick McPartlan - Des Moines, IA

“My condolences to the family of such a great man. My prayers will be with you through this trying time. ”
2 of 16 | Posted by: Gail En - Moline, IL - Classmate

“Sad to hear of the passing of my birthday twin and an all around good guy. I worked with Dan for the past 20 years in various capacities and he was...Read More »
3 of 16 | Posted by: Tina Ahlberg - Holland, IA

“We just heard of Dan's passing. He was a good man full of knowledge and was always so willing to help when we needed his experience. Thoughts go out...Read More »
4 of 16 | Posted by: Dan Bush - WATERLOO, IA

“I'm so sorry to hear of Dan's passing. He was a work associate. He helped me many times when I was a Sanitarian. I appreciated his wealth of...Read More »
5 of 16 | Posted by: Lori Kadner - Eldora, IA

“So sorry to hear of Dan's passing. He will be truly missed by all. Dan was a great man! He was always there to help and answer the million...Read More »
6 of 16 | Posted by: Sherry Lutz - Marengo, IA

7 of 16 | Posted by: Sherry Lutz - Marengo, IA

“Dan was a all around great guy, and a pleasure to work with. He will be missed dearly. My sincere Condolences to all his family and friends. God's...Read More »
8 of 16 | Posted by: Fred Hale - Des Moines, IA

“Dan was a true friend and confidant. I will miss all of our talks and laughs we used to have. You will be sadly missed. Until we meet again my...Read More »
9 of 16 | Posted by: Mitch Martin - Ankeny, IA

“I met Dan when he was very instrumental in the Time of Transfer gettingstarted I would say 10+ years ago!!! He was big into getting our...Read More »
10 of 16 | Posted by: glen meyers - keokuk, IA - Friend

“I was so sorry to hear of Dan's passing and I want to express my most sincere sympathies to the family during this difficult time. Dan was a highly...Read More »
11 of 16 | Posted by: Dianna Daly-Husted - Moravia, IA

“The world is a better place because Dan was in it. I am blessed to have known him and to have worked with him. His vast knowledge was something he...Read More »
12 of 16 | Posted by: Jessica Conley - Osceola, IA

“Treva, I'm so sorry for your loss our thoughts and prayers are with you.. ”
13 of 16 | Posted by: Ruby Hodges - Des Moines, IA

“Dan was a great mentor and had an ear to listen to installers and regulators. Will miss him. ”
14 of 16 | Posted by: Dennis Lyons - Manchester, IA

“Dan was my colleague and friend of more than 25 years. He was a public health professional to the end and I will always remember him for his tenacity...Read More »
15 of 16 | Posted by: Beian Hanft - Nora Springs, IA

“I will forever be in debt to Dan, my first year as a sanitarian was a difficult one, with Dan's help and support I succeeded. Thank you !! ”
16 of 16 | Posted by: Rosa Haukedahl - Fort Madison, IA

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On June 5, 2019, Daniel A. Olson, 56, of Ankeny died, ending a long struggle and the suffering born of illness.
A visitation will be held on Monday, June 10 from 5-7 PM and a Service of Resurrection on Tuesday, June 11th at 10:30 AM, both at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Ankeny, Iowa.

Dan is survived by his loving wife of nearly 29 years, Treva (Skeries) Olson; his beloved son, Michael Olson, age 22 ; his brother Timothy (Cynthia); eight nieces and nephews; and his sweet Norwegian Elkhound, Kira. He is also survived by many close friends and colleagues to whom he was a loyal and loving friend.

Dan was born in Glenwood, MN on December 1, 1962 to Vernon (Bud) and Barbara (Bobbie) Olson, who with his younger brother Christopher, preceded him in death. He grew up in Bettendorf, Iowa, where he graduated from high school and attended Scott Community College. Dan is a graduate of Iowa State University.
Most of Dan's working life was spent working in public health. He was a Senior Environmental Specialist for Iowa DNR, in the Wastewater Section where he worked to ensure the safety of Iowa's residents and water. He also worked as a health inspector for Polk County and managed the Public Health Departments in Jackson and Jones counties. Dan was active in the Iowa Environmental Health Association, serving as president in 2002-2003.

Dan loved rock 'n roll, the Iowa State Cyclones, the St. Louis Cardinals, good food and time spent in the company of family and friends. He was an able chef; a man of strong opinions and intelligence. He lived and died on his own terms. He left the world a better place than he found it. Many are blessed by having known him.