In Memory

Leaving behind the gift of nature

To honor those who were great supporters of the ELC and wished to see our mission to educate, inspire and empower all people to be active stewards of the environment

continue long into the future.  

In Memory of Michael Ball

May 20, 2020

In Memory of Gerald Clayton Olson (Jerry)
June 11, 1943 - January 3, 2022

Gerald Clayton Olson (Jerry), 78, of Sebastian passed away on January 3, 2022.  Jerry passed peacefully due to complications during heart surgery, and he was surrounded by his children and grandchildren.  Jerry was born on June 11, 1943, in West Palm Beach, Florida, to the late Kenneth and Mabel Olson.  He grew up in Vero Beach, FL and graduated from Vero Beach High School in 1961.  He then proudly served his country in the United States Navy.  After leaving the military, he worked as an assistant manager for Publix before becoming an electrician for Western Electric in the late 60s.  Jerry worked as an electrician for more than 40 years and will always be remembered by those who had the privilege of his company and his expertise.

Most importantly, Jerry was a loving and devoted husband, dad, grandpa, brother, uncle, and friend.  He loved ALL of his kids and grandkids fully and unconditionally.  Jerry and his wife, Susan, raised their family in Wilton Manors, FL and then retired to Sebastian in the early 2000s.  They were inseparable for over 50 years, and they shared a deep love of the outdoors and wildlife.  They loved to travel and camp and spent much of their time fishing.  Jerry was a member of the Sebastian Fishing Club. 

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A few years ago, Susan suffered a stroke.  Jerry lovingly cared for her until her passing last April. Jerry’s family stretched far beyond blood relatives, and he was known to lend a fatherly hand to many.  Jerry was known as a man of utmost integrity, and he generously shared his knowledge, his time and his kindness.

Jerry was preceded in death by his wife, Susan Coulter Olson and his brother, Kenneth Olson Jr.

Jerry is survived by his daughters, Jane Olson Voeller (Tim) and Cathryn Olson (Max); his grandchildren Cristofer Askervold Jr., Hannah Flynn (Billy), Emma Flynn, and Anthony Parisi. 

In Memory of Michael Ball

May 20, 2020

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Michael Ball, expert naturalist and self-taught botanist, became one again with the bountiful earth that he loved so greatly.

Those closest to Michael Ball have requested that a permanent plaque be created and displayed at the ELC in his honor.

In Memory of Ann Marshall Nace

August 29, 1936 - April 23, 2020

For over 30 years, visits from Ann's sons and granddaughters always included trips to the Environmental Learning Center to explore the boardwalks, rent kayaks or take a pontoon boat ride on the Indian River Estuary.


Ann cherished this beautiful resource and wanted to share it with others.

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