Oscar King Green passed away peacefully in his home, surrounded by his family on August 1st, 2023, just four days short of his 102nd birthday. The last goodbye was the hardest one to say. Bountiful’s Old Cowboy hung his hat and rode away.
King was born August 5, 1921, in Salt Lake City, Utah, to Franklin O. Green and Sarah A. Lindholm. He was the third of seven children, raised in Salt Lake City. King graduated from South High School, entered the Army Air Corps and served during WWII. He married the love of his life, Louise Barbara Douglas, and they were sealed in the Salt Lake Temple. She caught his eye at school, but the real romance began at Lagoon Amusement Park. Together, they had four sons, 13 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren and 16 great-great-grandchildren.
King and Louise raised their family in Bountiful, Utah, where King resided for 77 years. He retired after 35 years as a civil service worker at the Hill AFB Aircraft Maintenance Depot. He worked on and inspected many aircraft, including the B-29 Flying Fortress. After 'retiring' he was a master carpenter for over 30 years. He himself built his two homes in Bountiful and a beautiful cabin in the Uintas for all of his family to enjoy. Many cherished memories were made there -- "Green Acres, Almost Heaven".
King was a devout member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and loved serving as a temple worker at both the Salt Lake and Bountiful temples for 40 years. King was the beloved patriarch of the family. He considered his family and the church his greatest blessings and was such an example to us all.
King instilled a deep love for horses and the outdoors in his descendants. He had his own children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren on his horses from the time they could sit by themselves as babies. He loved teaching little ones how to feed the horses apples or brush them. In his final days, he enjoyed overlooking his backyard, barn, corral and orchard where so many wonderful memories were made.
He was so grateful he was able to pass away at home. He found so much joy in children. Everyone loved his peaches, apples, cherries and garden. His home and land were a sanctuary for many. He genuinely cared for everyone who stopped by to visit. He made you laugh, taught you lessons, told you stories, and he always made you feel amazing about yourself or tried to help you solve your problems. He did this with many visitors who came to his home to say their final goodbyes.
King was a true cowboy and loved horses, his final ride was on his 100th birthday. He was an active member of the Back Country Horsemen Organization. Over many years, he built and cleared miles of trails in Ward and Holbrook Canyons in Bountiful. The city named the trail in Holbrook Canyon “King’s Trail” in his honor.
King is survived by his sons, Douglas (Pia), Roger, and Scott (Linda); brother, Paul 'Hap' Green, and his grandchildren: Greg, Doug Jr., Dan, Dallas, Dawn, Robyn, Cory, Lorilyn, David, Travis, and Natalie. Preceded in death by his siblings baby George, Ruby, Nonnie, Lillie, and Buck; his wife, Louise; his son, Steven and grandchildren, Lisa and Harley.
Friends may greet the family at Russon Brothers Mortuary, 295 N. Main Street, Bountiful, Utah, on Monday, August 7, 2023, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, August 8, 2023, at 11:00 a.m. at the 34th Ward Meetinghouse, 540 North 1200 East, Bountiful. Friends may greet the family from 9:45-10:45 a.m. Tuesday prior to services. Interment at the Bountiful City Cemetery.
The family would like to thank King’s hospice providers, Melissa, Ryan, Marzena, Brooke and Jenny at Suncrest Hospice. Also a special thanks to the gracious members of the Bountiful 34th Ward for their visits and acts of service in his last years.
Live each day as if it is your last, you never know when your last ride has come. King’s best advice was “Maintain a sense of humor, never hold a grudge and be quick to forgive.”
Services will be streamed live on the Russon Mortuary & Crematory Facebook page and on this obituary page. The live stream will begin 10-15 minutes prior to the services and will be posted below.