Cody Evan Oleson, a beloved son, brother, uncle and friend, passed away on December 9—just shy of his 34th birthday—as a result of a short illness.
He was born on December 16, 1985, in Pacific Palisades, to Dell and Linda Oleson. As a young child, he was adventurous, rambunctious and kind. He also had a wonderful sense of humor and enjoyed a special bond with his sister Amber.
Cody attended Corpus Christi, Crespi Carmelite High School and Loyola High School, where he studied hard and was known for his kindness and generosity of spirit. He made many lifelong friends. He was also a gifted and passionate athlete. He played nose guard on Loyola’s 2003 CIF Division I champion football team and was selected to the Los Angeles All-City team.
After graduating from Loyola, Cody attended the University of Southern California where he graduated with a bachelor of science degree in kinesiology. During that time, he rowed for the men’s crew team and worked as a physical trainer at the Spectrum club, taught spin classes and enjoyed competitive cycling.
The call of aerospace proved unexpectedly strong, however. Following in his father and uncle’s footsteps, he began working at Boeing Space Systems, fabricating satellites for commercial and government clients. He quickly rose to be a program manager thanks to his natural technical expertise and great people skills.
Pursuing new opportunities, Cody moved to the San Francisco Bay Area to work for Lockheed Martin on its submarine launched ballistic missile program. Cody was a patriot and incredibly proud of his work to maintain that important strategic deterrent.
Throughout his life, Cody loved the outdoors. He was an avid fisherman, camper and hiker. He also practiced wildlife photography. He belonged to a Land Rover off-roading club and was known for his prowess crawling rocks and whipping up gourmet meals around the campfire.
Cody lived a life where his family adored him and his friends treasured his sense of adventure and humor. While Cody’s good nature, kindness and enthusiasm will be missed, his memory will live on forever.
He was predeceased by his father, Dell Oleson, and is survived by his loving mother Linda Oleson, stepfather William Rehwald, sister Amber (Ryan) LaFevers, nieces McKenna and Keira, his beloved dogs Woody and Sloane, and many more extended family members and close friends who will miss him dearly.
The family wishes to thank the incredible doctors and nurses in the intensive care units of St. John’s Hospital and UCLA’s Ronald Reagan Medical Center, whose work to save Cody’s life was inspiring.
A Celebration of Life for Cody will take place on January 10, 2020, at 3:30 p.m. at Corpus Christi Church in Pacific Palisades. A reception will follow for all those who wish to celebrate his life.
In lieu of flowers, remembrances in Cody’s memory may be made to the Humane Society or Loyola High School Football Team.
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