Carolyn Andersen Austin passed away peacefully September 30, 2022, due to complications of Alzheimer's at the age of 82. She was born on August 18, 1940, in Salt Lake City, the second of four children born to Henry E. and Genevieve H. Andersen, where she enjoyed a happy childhood. She graduated from South High School in 1958 and then attended the University of Utah.
She met her sweetheart, John T. Austin, as a young teenager. For John it was love at first sight. After a long courtship, they were married on March 16, 1962, in the Salt Lake Temple and enjoyed 60 happy years together. In the early years of their marriage, Carolyn and John moved all over the country as John served in the Air Force. They eventually settled in Bountiful, where they have lived for nearly 50 years.
Carolyn had many varied interests and an independent, self-reliant and adventurous spirit. She joined the ski club in high school, without ever having skied before, found that she loved it, and became an avid lifelong skier. She loved experiencing new places and people, spending a summer working in San Francisco as a teenager, and traveling alone to South Korea in the ‘80s to pick up a missionary son. She enjoyed running and even finished first in her age group, running a 5K at the age of 60. And she was a prolific gardener and found joy in creating beautiful landscapes, digging in the dirt, and planting flowers in her yard.
Carolyn worked for many years as an account manager in the Finance Department of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She was eventually promoted to supervisor due to her strong work ethic and meticulous attention to detail.
Carolyn lived a life of selfless service to others. She was a faithful, lifelong member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served in many callings. She was a kind and dedicated mother, neighbor and friend. Her calm loving presence and exceptional capacity to listen to and be interested in others will be missed by all who knew her.
Carolyn is survived by her beloved husband John T. Austin; children, F. Christopher (Julie) Austin, John L. Austin, Pamela Austin-Wall, and Michael (Sarah) Austin; 14 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and two brothers, Kenny (June) Andersen and Allan (Shirlee) Andersen. She is preceded in death by her parents, son James Austin, grandson Isaac Austin, and sister JoAnn Ludwig.
Funeral service will be held Saturday, October 8th at 11:00 AM at the Barton Creek Chapel, 640 S. 750 E., Bountiful. Family and friends may call on Friday evening, October 7th from 6:00-8:00 PM at Russon Mortuary, 295 N. Main St., Bountiful, and 9:30-10:45 AM prior to the service on Saturday morning at the Barton Creek Chapel.
Services will be streamed live on Russon Mortuary & Crematory Facebook page and this obituary page.