Christopher ‘Chris’ Brent Olson

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Christopher ‘Chris’ Brent Olson

Christopher ‘Chris’ Brent Olson, loving husband, father, son, brother, and uncle passed away at his home in Woodinville, WA on August 29th at the age of 45 after his battle with Mantle Cell Lymphoma, a rare and aggressive cancer.  Chris is survived by his wife Michelle, his son Wyatt, his parents Brent and Madeline and his brother Darren and his wife Jessica.

Chris was born in Trinidad and Tobago (in the Caribbean) in 1974, his father serving there as a U.S. diplomat.  His childhood had him living at homes in Annandale VA, on the Harvard University campus, in Tegucigalpa Honduras, and in Dhaka Bangladesh.  He graduated from Annandale High School in 1992.

After high school, Chris focused on his love of technology and earned a Novell CNE certification. Chris started at MAJIQ Inc. in Redmond, WA as a temporary employee in January 1995 at the age of 20.  Chris was brought in to fix a recently deployed and troubled Novell and PC environment. Chris quickly demonstrated his intelligence and command of this emerging field and was offered a full-time position after only 3 weeks. He later earned multiple Microsoft certifications including MCSE and played the primary role in converting from Novell to a Microsoft network environment.

Throughout his nearly 25-year career, Chris took on leadership roles and projects of increasing responsibility and remained on top of the cutting edge of the latest technology, culminating with his most recent promotion to IT Director, Perseus Operating Group, a division of Constellation Software Inc. parent company of MAJIQ.

Chris immediately became part of the “MAJIQ Family” which fostered many of his most significant relationships.  One of his colleagues recently characterized Chris as “one of those guys you don’t forget: smart, driven, motivated. Witty with an intelligent sense of humor, and sometimes a major pain in the ass (but in a respectful way😊). Practical but unyielding in his unwillingness to cut corners. But above all he was one of those guys that you always wanted on your team: someone you knew you could count on, whether things were slow, or it was crunch time, to do the right thing. I feel blessed to have had the privilege to work alongside of him for so much of my career and will miss him.”

Chris and Michelle met after Chris was on a work trip with his future mother-in-law, Cindy Wyatt Litka. His personality and kind heart endeared him to her so much that it led her to arrange a date with her eldest daughter   On July 31st, 2004 Chris and Michelle were married; in June 2008, their family was complete when they welcomed their son Wyatt.  Chris’ passions weren’t limited to technology, he was also an avid skier, cyclist, reader, and hiker all which he shared with his son Wyatt. Chris was a connoisseur of beer and wine and prided himself in his extensive wine collection and brewery memorabilia. Chris valued his relationships with friends and enjoyed many dinners at Russell’s in Bothell and wine making work parties at Lantz Cellars in Lake Stevens. Other than Woodinville Chris, Michelle and Wyatt always felt most at home in Maui where they visited every April to enjoy time together as a family.

Services will be held Friday, September 13th, 2019

St. Teresa of Calcutta Catholic Church
17856 NE Woodinville Duvall Rd.
Woodinville, WA 98077.

Funeral Service starts at 5:00pm

Celebration of Life to follow at 6:00pm

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance


9 Responses to “Christopher ‘Chris’ Brent Olson”

  • Gil and Diane Watson says:

    Your in our hearts and prayers. Hoping the love of family and friends will comfort you through this difficult time! Love, Di and Gil

  • Debbie and Kevin Lantz says:

    So fortunate to have been in the presence of this man! His heart overflowed with kindness! An emptiness in many hearts!

  • madeline olson says:

    It was my privilege to bring you home from the hospital the first time never knowing I’d have the privilege to bring you home from the hospital the last time. It has been a privilege being your mother. I will love you always!

  • Karl & Wendy W says:

    Even though we didn’t know you, Chris, as long as everyone else YOU will forever have a place in our hearts. It has been an honor to be your friend. We will miss you very much. Much love and support to Michelle, Wyatt and your whole family during this time.

  • Vicki Bingea says:

    I didn’t know Chris personally, but knew of him through his son, Wyatt. There is no doubt that he was an exceptional father, as his son is an incredible testament to that. Wishing your family comfort during this most difficult time, with a special hug for Wyatt.

  • Angela Dose says:

    Michelle and Wyatt, I am so sorry to hear this news. Wyatt, I am sure that your dad is proud of you and all you have accomplished. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. We love you, Wyatt!

  • John and Alice Spuller says:

    We did not know you Chris, only your parents. If you were half the person that they are, you definitely were a good person. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. May God continue to watch over them as he did over you.

  • Todd M Ross says:

    RIP Chris, I’ll always cherish our time at MAJIQ together and celebrations as a family. Condolences to the entire family.

  • Jordan says:

    Saddened by your loss. May Chris’s memory be a blessing to all who knew him. peace

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