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Jay Oliver Olsen

April 12, 1929 ~ February 7, 2018 (age 88)

Jay Oliver Olsen, born April 12, 1929 in Salt Lake City, Utah passed away on February 7, 2018. Jay, the son of Ephraim and Lucy Olsen, married his childhood sweetheart and tap dancing partner, Betty Lou Melcher, on December 10, 1948 and later solemnized their marriage in the Salt Lake Temple. 

He was raised in Salt Lake and attended West High School where he was first chair in the band playing the clarinet. He worked for Kennecott Copper Mine for 35 years and his favorite pastime was golf, he even served as marshal at the Eaglewood and St. George golf courses. He loved working in his garden and was particularly proud of his tomatoes. He was a do-it-yourself man and enjoyed working on cars, building his cabin, and listening to music, as well as oil painting, woodworking and square dancing. He enjoyed spending time at his cabin and in St. George. We will always remember him as a tease and loved listening to his stories. 

Jay had three children, Jay D. (Paulette), Kathleen Biehn (Tim), currently serving in the Romania/Moldova Mission, and Rick (Debbie); seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.  Jay’s son, Jay D. preceded him in death.

Funeral services will be held Friday, February 16, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at the Orchard 3rd Ward, 261 East Center Street, North Salt Lake, Utah. Friends and family may visit between 9:45 and 10:45 a.m. at the church.  Interment will be at the Bountiful City Cemetery.

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