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Obituary: Albert M. Olson

1907 ~ 2003

Albert M. Olson was born in Salt Lake City, April 21, 1907 to Albert Magnus Olson and Serena Sylvestersen Olson. He married Myrtle Robison June 28, 1934 in the Salt Lake Temple. He was a graduate of the University of Utah with a B.S. Degree in civil engineering. He was a lifetime member of the National Society of Professional Engineers.

His early years were spent on the Avenues where his father operated a neighborhood grocery store. His career as a civil engineer spanned over 40 years. His strong work ethic and commitment to always doing his best, produced lasting contributions in his career. Among these were his work as a superintendent of a mine and milling operation in the Marysville District of Montana, Chief of the Military Engineering Sub-Division of the Salt Lake District Corps of Engineers during World War II, Vice President and General Superintendent for the Jacobson Construction Company and a Construction Consultant for Horne Construction. The culmination of his career was being the project manager for construction of the Washington, D.C. Temple.

He was a high priest in the Monument Park 16th Ward. As an active member of the LDS Church, he served in various callings including; a mission to Denmark in 1927, and an assignment with his wife to the to the Jefferson Ward in Salt Lake City where he served as a counselor in the Bishopric. Al was also a guide on Temple Square, and served as an extractor in the Family History Program for over 17 years.

He is survived by his wife; a daughter, Valerie Cooper of Pleasant Hill, California; two sons, Robert Olson of Tucson, Arizona and Thomas Olson of Seattle, WA; as well as one sister, Mildred Parker of Fall River Mills, CA; nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Friday, September 5, 2003 at 11:00 a.m. in the Larkin Sunset Lawn Mortuary Chapel, 2350 East 1300 South. Friends may call one and a half-hours prior to the service. Interment will be in the Salt Lake City Cemetery.