Mark Loren Olsen

Mark Loren Olsen

March 01, 1947 - August 29, 2012

Mark Loren Olsen

March 01, 1947 - August 29, 2012


Mark L. Olsen was born March 1,1947 in Sheboygan, WI to Roy and Anita Olsen as their second son. He grew up in the upper peninsula of MI before moving to Prescott, AZ for his mother’s health. He attended the University of Arizona where he received his degree in math and his Master’s degree in accounting with honors. During this time he met the love of his life, Irene, and they were married in August 1969. They moved to Phoenix, AZ where Mark joined the prestigious firm of Arthur Andersen as a CPA and excelled in tax accounting. Their first son, Brian, was born in 1972 and their second son, Erik, in 1975. His firm sent him to Houston, TX for two years where a third son, Andrew, was born in 1978. Later that year they moved to Mission Viejo, CA where he continued to work for Arthur Anderson until he joined a local accounting firm and from there started his own partnership with two friends. In 1981 and 1985, God blessed him and Irene with two lovely daughters, Stephanie and Tracy, thus making a full infield for his baseball team. In 1986 he joined a firm that later became Kramer & Olsen Accountancy Corporation as the tax partner. It has been said that he was the best tax man in Orange County.

Mark felt very strongly about raising his children in a Christian atmosphere and referenced Joshua 24:15, ‘But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.’ He also wanted all teenagers to have the same opportunity to learn and grow in Christ. Mark was a strong supporter of CLHS (California Lutheran High School), serving on the board for over 25 years, and was instrumental in establishing the school’s permanent location. Many remember him cheering in the end zone and on the sidelines at football and other sports games as well as enjoying all the concerts put on by the high school students. He showed his appreciation for many called workers by providing financial advice and tax preparation. His life of service also included membership on the board of the Lutheran Credit Union for many years.

He played basketball, tennis and baseball in his youth, and was an Angels and Dodgers fan for a long time. He loved to tell us stories of his baseball games, where he played first base, with his brother, Richard and his Dad pitching! He was an avid fan of Jeopardy, trivia games and crossword puzzles. A former trombone player, he had a great fondness for music ranging from classical to big band to folk, and he passed this love on to his children.

Despite a sometimes gruff exterior, he was a softy once you got to know him. He was a generous man and always willing to help wherever he was needed. His love for his family was shown on a daily basis and he set a wonderful Christian example for his children. He was overwhelmingly proud of all his children. Becoming a grandpa was truly a delight for him. He loved being with his three grandchildren, Tyler 3, Charlie 1 and Kellina 8 months.

Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you the crown of life. — Revelation 2:10

Well done, good and faithful servant!

In lieu of flowers, Donations can be made to:

California Lutheran High School
PO Box 1570
Wildomar, CA 92595

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30 responses to Mark Loren Olsen

  1. Our sincerest condolences for your loss. We know you share the hope and joy we have knowing that Mark is now with our Lord and Savior for we “Grieve Not as Those Who Have No Hope” (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18). Our hope is in our Lord’s return and the resurrection of the dead and the eternal life that He gives us. Our courage comes from knowing the good things that He has in store for us, all of us who know and trust in Christ. Jesus takes the sting and the fear and the power out of death. We have been and are praying for all of you during this difficult time. We are and have been praying for all of you during this difficult time.

    Jim and Jackie Hufnagle

  2. Kent Ruesch says:

    So sorry to hear of Mark’s passing, a good man lost much too soon.

    Kent & Denise Ruesch, Sheridan, WY.

  3. God is faithful to his promises. He has kept his promise of eternal life to our dear friend, Mark. Jill and I now pray that God strengthens Irene and the clan with his perfect peace and comfort.

    The CLHS family has lost a great friend and servant. Mark was the impetus and the inspiration for a thriving school with a mission. God provided for CLHS through Mark and his family. We are so grateful.

    I can still hear Mark’s piercing “encouragement” from the corner of the football field. What a great father to his children and a friend to their coach. We have seen great victories over the years…but non so great as the victory of life with Jesus.

    God bless you and keep you close,

    Bart and Jill

  4. Ken McAlpine says:

    Dear Irene and Family: Lynn and I are so sorry for your loss. It is just so hard to believe that Mark is gone. I still expect to hear Mark’s voice in the office and to see him at his desk. It is going to take some time to get use to this. Of course, Mark’s faith and his love for his family were evident every day. After so many years of working with Mark, I can share how much he enjoyed giving to others. This was uniquely evident at Christmas as he received stacks of magazines from the vendors he had used over the years and as the items he ordered would pile up in his office. We often talked about the various items he was giving to family and friends. It was quite fun and he really thought about each person and every gift he gave! We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.

    Ken & Lynn McAlpine

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