Dr. Pimple Popper’s young patient Kevin Olaeta tragically died soon after filming the show. Kevin Olaeta,
His real name is Kevin C. Olaeta, He was a 31-year-old resident of Petaluma.
Kevin passed away peacefully but unexpectedly on Saturday, May 18, 2019.
He attended Petaluma High and Musicians Institute of Hollywood, where he learned guitar craft. He had a passion for music and was a great supporter of local bands and concerts at the Phoenix Theater.
Kevin also loved working on his motorcycles and car. Kevin demonstrated great skill working in his father’s electrician business. Clients and friends were drawn to his cheerful, friendly personality. His kindness to all people and animals is a tribute to the beauty of his heart and soul.
Dr. Sandra Lee, MD, who is known for the extraordinary care and consideration she gives her patients, posted a tribute to Olaeta on Instagram shortly after the episode aired.
“I found out months after our taping that Kevin had passed away unexpectedly,” Dr. Lee wrote in the caption. “Love and strength to his family and friends, especially his father.”
Olaeta’s obituary says he had a passion for guitars, music, motorcycles and cars. He was an electrician by trade, working with his father and hoping to take over the family business. On the show, he had a sweet and soft-spoken demeanor that made him a quick fan-favorite.
Olaeta saw Dr. Lee for a large cyst on his jawline that had been growing steadily for six years. He told the famed dermatologist that the bump looked like a “jawbreaker” protruding from his cheek. In his episode, Olaeta said he wanted the growth removed so he could “go out into the world and hang out and meet people.”
Kevin was preceded in death last year by his oldest brother, Eli Olaeta, and is survived by his father, Lonnie Olaeta; his mother, Terri Jensen and step-father Byron of St. George, UT; his brother Ryan Olaeta of Rohnert Park; his sister Melissa Olsen and her husband Jared of Las Vegas; three nephews, Jonah, Lewis and Timmy; and one niece, Lindy. Kevin will be forever in our hearts.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, July 13 at 11:00 a.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 745 N. Webster St., Petaluma, CA.