Robert Francis Edward Olds, Bobby to those who loved him, died in the early hours of March 4, 2023. He was at home in Los Osos, surrounded by his mother Alexis Olds and father Frank Nolan, his sister Mariel close by. The cause of death was a pulmonary embolism. Bobby was only 21-years-old at the time of his passing, but his life was full and rich for one who died so young. In the Buddhist tradition he came to earth to teach us how to deal with adversity and impermanence. As a young boy he had many private conversations with our Buddha statue in the back yard. Bobby was of Native American (Citizen Band Potawatomie) and African American ancestry.
Bobby was a larger-than-life figure in Los Osos, and indeed on the Central Coast. Everybody knew and loved Bobby. He had an army of friends. If we needed to find him, we would just ask anyone on the street and they knew where he was. He lived the life he wanted, on his own terms. It was filled with his beloved scooter, video games, Legos, RC cars, and paintball guns. He loved and participated in sports throughout his life, baseball, basketball, and La Crosse. But perhaps his greatest passion was for football. He played at Morro Bay High School, and for two years prior to his death was a standout offensive lineman for the Valley Stallions, a semi-pro football team based in Fresno.
Bobby attended Village Pre-school, Baywood Elementary School, Los Osos Middle School, and Morro Bay High School. Following high school, he attended Cuesta College where his particular interest was History. He had an affinity for those with special needs.
However, Bobby’s greatest joy came from spending time with those he loved. He loved being at home with his family. And he loved hanging out with his friends, too many to name here, who became fixtures in his and his parents’ home. In the end he was a young man of great compassion with a deep contemplative and spiritual nature. He loved life and those around him passionately including his cat JJ, his dogs Tippy and Willow and his two turtles, Bubbles and Lamar. A Celebration of Life for Bobby is planned for Sunday, April 16 at 1 p.m. at the Red Barn in the Community Center in Los Osos. All of those who knew and loved Bobby are invited. Bobby’s friends (thank you Noah and Kobe) set up a GoFundMe page for him under Robert Olds for those wishing to contribute or to Woods Humane Society because he loved animals.