Roland Lars Olson, 87, died Thursday, June 21, 1990 at his home. Born September 9, 1902 at Mammoth, Juab County, Utah to Lars L. and Alice Taylor Jenkins Olson. Married Estella Goddard March 25, 1925 in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. She preceded him in death November 4, 1970. Married Rose H. Calaway May 1, 1971 in the Los Angeles LDS Temple. Reared and educated in Provo, Utah. Mr. Olson became a apprentice millman at age 12 and journeyman at 15. He graduated from BY High and BYU. He died post graduate work at Oregon State University and USU. He taught school, 1929-53, at Eureka, Roosevelt and South High in Salt Lake City. He was employed as an electronics specialists at Coleman Engineering during the construction and operation of rocket test site at Hurricane Mesa. He retired in 1963. Mr. Olsen also farmed and owned Berry Springs Ranch. Active member LDS Church, served as both ward and stake Sunday School president, bishop, and temple ordinance worker for 29 years. He and his wife, Rose, served a mission in West Australia, 1972-74. He enjoyed woodworking and other handicrafts-he specialized in restoring old trunks.
Surviving family members include his wife Rose, St. George; four sons and two daughters, R. Dean Olson, Irvine, Calif.; Eldon L. Olsen, Gardena, Calif.; Alan K. Olson, St. George; Richard N. Olson, Riverton; Mrs. Reed (Enid) Newbold, West Jordan; and Mrs. Stanley (Diane) Esplin, St. George; step son, Donald Calaway, St. George; 36 grandchildren; 63 great-grandchildren; brother, Robert L. Olson, American Fork/St. George; and sister, Mrs. Alma (Lucille) King, Orem.
Funeral services Monday, June 25, 10 a.m., St. George East Stake Center, 451 South 300 East. Friends may call Sunday, 7-8 p.m. at Metcalf Mortuary, 288 West St. George Blvd., and Monday, at the stake center 8-30-9:30 a.m. prior to services. Interment, Provo City Cemetery, 5:30 p.m. under direction of Metcalf Mortuary.
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