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  • J. Grant Olsen (October 20, 1928 - May 22, 2014)
    Published - 05/27/14 - 12:17 PM | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    J. Grant Olsen
    J. Grant Olsen
    (ST. GEORGE, Utah) – J. Grant Olsen passed away May 22, 2014 in St. George, Utah. He was born October 20, 1928 in Brigham City, Utah to John P. Olsen and Lois Wilde Olsen. He was the 2nd of 4 children.

    He graduated from Box Elder High School in 1947. He married Beverly Barker on July 8, 1949 in the Logan Utah LDS Temple.

    He served in the Korean War. He received the rank of Lieutenant and Master Sargent in the Army. While he was in Korea, his first daughter Beverly Cristine was born. After the war, he attended and graduated from Utah State University. During these years, two more children were born; Alan G. and Annette Olsen.

    They moved to Salt Lake City and Grant started teaching at Cyprus High School. After a few years of teaching, he had a change in employment and started working as a Safety Engineer at Hercules Aerospace. Later Grant and Beverly divorced.

    He married Karen McPhee and they later divorced. Grant married Dorothy J. Brown on July 23, 1970 in Elko Nevada. She brought three children to their marriage; Debbie, Scott and Kevin Brown. They made their first home in Murray Utah.

    Grant enjoyed being outside. His favorite things to do were snow skiing, golfing, hiking and traveling the world. One of the favorite places he visited was the Great Wall of China. Grant and Dorothy owned an R.V. property in Star Valley Wyoming and enjoyed many summers on the golf course. After his retirement from Hercules, they moved to St. George, Utah. They spent their golden years between Star Valley and St. George where they had many friends and good memories. Grant said once “he was trying to become a Red Rock.” He loved Zion’s National Park and southern Utah. He and his hiking buddies have been on almost all the trails in the St. George area.

    He is survived by his loving and caring wife Dorothy J. Olsen of St. George, Utah. Two younger brothers and their wives; Norman W. (Nancy) Olsen of Salt Lake City, Utah; Robert D. (Sharon) Olsen of St. George, Utah; two daughters; Debbie (Steve) Robbins, of South Jordan, Utah; and Annette (Darwin) Gillette of Alpine, Utah; two sons; Alan G. (Pam) Olsen, of Victorville, California and Kevin (Karen) Brown of Salt Lake City, Utah. He has 11 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren.

    We would like to express our thanks to all those who cared for Grant and Dorothy as he struggled with heart failure during the last 21 months. His heart will always be “A RED ROCK” in the red hills of southern Utah.

    Funeral services will be held on Friday, May 30, 2014 at Myers Mortuary, 205 South 100 East, Brigham City, Utah at 2:00 p.m. with a visitation prior from 1:00 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. Interment will be in the Brigham City Cemetery. Arrangements are entrusted to Metcalf Mortuary, (435) 673 4221.
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