William Russell Julian Olsen
1924 ~ 2008
William (Bill) Olsen, our beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather died peacefully at home on Mar. 20, 2008.Bill was born Nov. 19, 1924 in Salt Lake City, UT. to William
Marion Julian and Nellie Keen. He married the love of his life, Audrey Rice, on Nov. 10, 1945, in Wellington, KS. Later sealed in the Salt Lake Temple, June 8, 1962.
He graduated from Granite High School in 1941 and enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1943, where he
became a commissioned officer in 1946. He received his Bachelor
Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Oklahoma in 1947 and completed his Masters
Degree in 1948 at Iowa State
College. He taught Mechanical
Engineering at the Univ. of Utah from 1951-54 and was an associate professor from 1957 to 1961. He founded W.R. Olsen & Associates in 1957. He was a mechanical consultant for the LDS Church from 1957 to 1967. In 1968, he also founded Olsen & Peterson Consulting Engineers with Clark Peterson. He retired in 1977. Dad enjoyed all sports, golf, bowling, swimming, racquet ball (at the Deseret Gym), fishing, and hunting, especially duck hunting which he said was the love of his life (next to
Audrey)! He was a member of the Lakefront Duck Club for 48 years. Dad enjoyed spending time with his family, traveling and spending his winters in St. George.
He is survived by Audrey, his wife of 62 years; daughter, Vicki (Paul) Peacock; son, William Michael Olsen, son, Robert Gene (Jan) Olsen; daughter, Jerri (Brad) Greene;
sister, Fairie (Gene) Morton; brother Keith (Nancy) Olsen; 10 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents and his sister Barbara.
Services will be held at the Little Cottonwood 1st Ward, 6350 S.
Rodeo Lane (1545 E.) in Salt Lake City on Mon., March 24, 2008 at 2 p.m. A viewing will be 6-8 p.m. Sun. March 23, 2008, at Memorial
Mortuary, 5850 S. 900 E. and one hour prior to services. Interment at Murray City Cemetery.
The family would like to thank Sunbrook Hospice for their compassionate care and support during
dad's final days. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him
(especially his dog Lucky). Online condolences may be left at: memorialutah.com