Colorado honors Nolan Olson

Photos by Shannon Gabardi, Mike Gabardi, Shari Pierce and Randi Pierce

Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) staff carried home Nolan Olson’s ashes from Denver to Archuleta County on Friday. Accompanying the memorial motorcade were CDOT Region 5 employees, driving their trucks and equipment. Fellow CDOT employees and people from around the state paid their respects as the motorcade made its way south across the state. Olson’s family members led the final leg of the procession from Treasure Falls into his hometown of Pagosa Springs. Community members paid their respects as the memorial procession made its way through Pagosa Springs. Olson lost his life on Feb. 11 after suffering critical injuries from a passing vehicle that struck him while he was filling potholes on the highway in Pagosa Springs. A celebration of life was held at the Ross Aragon Community Center on March 3.