Rep. Kurt Olson, 1948-2023


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.


  1. KO was a gentle giant. Giant in every way a person can be strong in character, mind, belief, family, and powerful in loyalty and friendship.

    Kurt manned a NSA radio intercept site in Thailand during the peak of the Vietnam War. Never one to glorify his own accomplishments, I’ve always suspected more to the story than he ever revealed.

    Kurt’s political legacy is being a friend to and respected by all on every facet of the political spectrum. He always said his greatest contribution to Alaska policy making was not in passing profoundly wonderful legislation, but rather in stopping truly bad legislation from becoming law with his diligent and wise oversight of the House Labor and Commerce Committee.

    KO was the best of the best. He is deeply missed by those privileged to have shared a small bit of this life with a truly inspirational fellow.

    God bless you and your awesome family, my dear friend. RIP

  2. The following announcement regarding a passing raised the question, “Is there a process that was overlooked that may have been favorable solution”? In looking at a process called “Cyberknife” (No surgery, only radiation) in the affect it could have on a case such as Rep. Olson. To that below the Olson article, is a cascade of references to the application of Cyberknife radiation to the topic. I post this to each of you as potential candidates for various cancers now or in your future. We all have to do our own due diligence to seek the best efforts on our own behalf. I personally found this out with prostate cancer at a stage where I should have been writing to friends and family of my coming demise. I was fortunate to find Cyberknife radiation at the Swedish Hospital in Seattle. There are Cyberknife Radiation clinics Throughout America (and Anchorage), yet, it seems like it is a closet secret as to its ability to cure cancers without being invasive
    I would encourage each of you to explore the wonders of this cancer radiation tool by going to Google and entering “Cyberknife radiation for (Enter any of the many cancers that are of a concern) the results will be a cascade of articles pointing out the ability of this process. Let me just say as an enticement that the process takes only five days with each a 20-30 minute session, yes, five days! as you will see were you to watch any of the YouTube videos offered below,
    I just feel compelled to speak out when I know how this radiation process is so powerful and successful where applied. Cheers, Al

  3. Sorry, Al Johnson here- I had not included the Cyberknife sites and here is the site that will cascade articles on the process and for what:

  4. Very sad 😔for family and friends. 75 years and many respectable accomplishments.
    Aggressive cancers are dramatically on the rise over the last couple years.
    Cancer doctors with decades of experience are reporting having never seen anything like it. Brain cancer, skin cancer among others in all age groups.
    Excess deaths up worldwide, as well.

  5. RIP to our dear friend KO. We were freshman classmates together in 2004. KO was smart, kind and good and fair. He loved his family and state. He cared about his constituents. He was decent and honorable. KO was always a pleasure to be around, easy with a smile and a light tough. Great eyebrows. He would raise his eyebrows and it was like that saying: a picture is worth a thousand words. Those of us that knew him will miss his good nature and kind streak, which was a mile wide.

  6. It was an honor to be able to call Kurt a friend and colleague in the “People’s House “. He was a gentleman and respected by all. My condolences to his family- may he rest in peace.


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