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Jacob Kenneth Olson

Lisa & Robin Olson / Named Memorial

In loving memory of Jacob, the Olson Family encourages you to donate to SAVE, a Minnesota nonprofit organization dedicated to preventing suicide through public awareness and education, reducing stigma and serving as a resource to those touched by suicide. 
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About Jacob Kenneth Olson

Monday, September 3, 2018 was a day most people remember as Labor Day. For the Olson family, it was the day their beloved son and brother took his own life.

Jacob Kenneth Olson was 21 years old when he decided his own fate. He left behind his incredible parents and his three older sisters. He had such a vibrant soul. He was kind, he was loving, he was helpful and hard working. He was truly a saint.

Jacob’s willingness to immediately jump up and help someone with no questions asked was inspiring. He had such an infectious smile, amazing hugs and a wonderful, but goofy laugh.

There were feelings of anger and confusion because Jacob was showered with love. He was an early riser. He exercised. He worked as Lead Carpenter at CCC. Jacob was not a big drinker. He had no desire to do drugs of any sort. He showed no signs of depression. Jacob was always smiling, always helping others, always eager to get out and do something. He had a deep passion for Harleys, guns & adventure.

Jacob’s death was a shock for his family and everyone who knew him.

He was one in a million. His parents were very proud of him and his life accomplishments. His sisters, although being older, were taken care of by him. He was a proud uncle to his four nephews and his new baby niece. Jacob loved playing games, watching movies, and spending time with friends and family. He laughed a lot and would never leave without a hug and an ‘I love you’.

But Jacob was suffering. It’s believed that he felt that he had no way out. No matter how much love he was given, no matter how many family gatherings were had, it was not enough to take his pain away.

So, what happened? Why did Jacob choose to leave such a wonderful life?
Unfortunately, only he and God knows. However, the family wants people to know that it is important to always reach out, ask how someone is doing, help others and really listen.
Those who seem the happiest may possibly be the saddest, living in darkness even though they shine bright on the outside.  

All that matters now, is that Jacob found the peace he was searching for.

He’s thought about every single day. You know when you buy a new car, then all of a sudden you see that car everywhere? It’s comparable to that. Seeing a young man on a motorcycle, working construction, or even helping an elder across the street, it’s Jacob you’re seeing.

Something really fascinating about Jacob was that he was colorblind. What’s so fascinating about that? Well, Jacob donated his eyes when he passed. Sure, he couldn’t see red’s and blues, but that man saw life in the purest form. Anyone is lucky to see the beauty Jacob saw.

People say, you never know what you have until it’s gone. The truth is, you knew what you had, you just never thought you’d lose it. We thank Jacob for teaching us the importance of caring, sincerity and love. He was a good man; always there if you needed him, even when you didn’t know you did.  

The hardest part of losing someone, isn’t having to say goodbye, but rather learning to live without them. There are some days when you feel it in your throat, and your eyes become blurry from tears. That moment where you just want to scream but you can’t breathe. But all you can do is try to live; not day by day, but minute by minute. Some people will tell you that time will heal, but that’s not necessarily the case. You will grieve forever. You will not ‘get over’ the loss of a loved one; you will however learn to live with it. You will rebuild yourself around the loss you have suffered. The clocks will continue to tick.

Jacob was greeted with open arms by his grandparents, Kenneth & Lorraine Olson; his uncle, Gary Fasching; and aunt, Delores Stein.

Rest in peace, Jacob. You will forever be with us. 

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