Kenai former Rep. Kurt Olson of Soldotna died Thursday after a brief battle with pancreatic cancer.
Olson was a Republican from the Kenai Peninsula. He moved to Alaska and lived in Anchorage from 1977 to 1982, and then moved to Kenai, where he lived until 1995, before moving to Soldotna.
Olson graduated from Cupertino High School in 1966, obtained a bachelor’s degree from California State University Long Beach in 1977, worked as an Alaska legislative aide, insurance broker for Commercial Lines, and custom seafood processor in Kenai. He also served in the United States Air Force. He served on the Soldotna City Council and in the Alaska House of Representatives from 2004 to 2016.