Donald Jay Wolcott, 61, of Cathlamet, Wash., passed away Sept. 24, 2014, as the result of injuries incurred while felling timber in Columbia County, Ore. He was born June 18, 1953, on the Wolcott ranch on Lyons Creek south of White Bird in Idaho County, Idaho, to Calvin W. Wolcott and Bernace L. Gillett Wolcott. He moved with his parents from the ranch to Lucile then to Riggins, Idaho, where he attended grade school and began high school excelling in track and football. He and his parents moved to Wahkiakum County, Wash., where Don finished high school continuing to excel in football and track.
Following graduation from high school he went to work in the forest Industry first for Crownzellerbach Corp. and then for various independent timber falling contractors. He and his son, Donald James Wolcott, owned their own timber falling company for a time. He worked as a falling supervisor and timber faller in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and California, and in the hardwood forests in numerous states on the east coast. Don was dedicated to the safety of his fellow workers and the quality of the work they did. Don and Rebecca Ann (Beckie) Olsen were married in Cathlamet, Wash., on June 24, 1972. Other than short periods in Milo, Ore., Reno, Nev., and Orofino, Idaho, they made their home in Cathlamet, Wash. Don’s work took them to several states on both the east and west coast.
He was preceded in death by his father, Calvin W. Wolcott; his brother-in-law, Bob Olsen; and his father-in-law, H. Robert Olsen.
He is survived by his wife, Beckie; son, Donald James Wolcott and his wife, Jennifer; his mother, Bernace L. Wolcott; his mother-in-law, Vivian Olsen; brothers, John (AdaAnne), Jim (Marilyn) and Jerry (JoAnne); and in-laws, Donna, Bill and Shelley Olsen; his grandsons, Brian (Marisa), Ben and Robert; and great-grandsons, Malachi and Zachariah, who were the little loves of his life; and numerous Wolcott and Olsen aunts, uncles, nephews, nieces and cousins. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.
A celebration of his life was held Oct. 4 in Cathlamet, Wash.