WB H.C. Sky Olsen, Grand Secretary of Masons in New Mexico 2019
Hans C. “Sky” Olsen was born in California in 1952. The family moved around the Midwest where three younger sisters were born as his father, a professor with a doctorate in education, moved from university to university. The family lived in Illinois, Minnesota, Indiana, Michigan and Missouri where he completed high school in Chesterfield and attended the University of Missouri for two years. Moving on to Denver he attended the Colorado School of Trades gunsmithing program.
Upon graduation, he moved to the northwest coast of Oregon where he had been hired as a gunsmith. Three years later he bought the business and ran it until his retirement in 2011. His children and grandchildren still live in Astoria, Oregon. Seeking sunshine after decades of rain, he and his wife Debi moved first to Vernal, Utah for 3 years and then to Albuquerque in 2015.
Having played as a child in his grandparent’s attic with his great grandfather’s chapeau and Knight Templar sword, he had an early fascination with Masonry, but due to the demands of business and a growing family, did not join the craft until 2003. He took his degrees in Seaport Lodge No. 7 and was Master in 2007 and secretary until 2011. Besides Seaport he is a member of Clatskanie 133 (OR), Ashley 20 (UT), Zia Daylight 77 (NM) and Albuquerque 60 (NM) where he is the secretary.
He is also a member of York Rite bodies in both New Mexico and Oregon and of Scottish Rite, Shrine, Eastern Star, York Rite College, Order of the Silver Trowel, Past Commanders Association, Royal Ark Mariners, HRAKTP, Red Cross of Constantine and who knows what else. Sky was elected Grand Secretary in 2019.