Lawrence David Olsen, 74, of Spanish Fork, beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother and friend, passed away Monday, September 28, 1992 at his home of cancer.
He was born August 20, 1918, in Spanish Fork, a son of Joseph and Myrl Robertson Olsen. He received his early schooling in Spanish Fork and graduated from Spanish Fork High School. He also attended Utah Technical College. He married Eleanor Daley, July 6, 1937, in Spanish Fork. Their marriage was later solemnized in the Salt Lake Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
iHe was a member of the LDS Church, holding the office of a high priest in the Spanish Fork 7th Ward at the time of his death. He served in various church positions, including Young Men's president, scouting, and completed a mission call of several years to run the welfare cannery in Lindon. He was a veteran of World War II, where he served in France and Germany.
At different points in his life he worked on road construction, as a Bingham mine guard, helped to build Geneva Steel and worked 37 years at Kiegley Quarry, retiring as a maintenance foreman. He was an avid sportsman, enjoying camping, fishing, and hunting, especially with his family, where he taught his children and grandchildren to love the outdoors. He enjoyed gardening and shared both the vegetables and flowers that he grew abundantly. Always busy, he enjoyed hobbies of traveling, reading, quilt-making and clock-making, for which he received special prizes at the Utah County and State Fairs.
He is survived by: His wife, of Spanish Fork; one daughter, four sons and their spouses, Yvonne and Newman Bundy, Spanish Fork; Blair and Kathleen Olsen, Benjamin; Reed and Carol Olsen, Victor, Montana; Frank and Ivy Olsen, Kanab; Richard and Kim Olsen, Salem; 22 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; two sisters and five brothers, Reva Roylance, Springville; Rhoda Stubbs, Mexico; Sterling Olsen, Ft. Collins, Colo.; Paul Olsen, Salem; Alden Olsen, Snell Olsen, and Norman Olsen, all of Spanish Fork.
Funeral services will be held Friday, at 11 a.m., in the Palmyra Stake House at 505 East 900 No., Spanish Fork. Friends may call at the Walker Mortuary in Spanish Fork at 187 So. Main, Thursday, evening, from 6 to 8 p.m., and Friday, at the ward chapel one hour prior to the services. Burial will be in the Spanish Fork City Cemetery, where military rites will be accorded by the American Legion Post 68 of Spanish Fork.
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