Richard Jay Olsen, 73, passed away on September 12, 2018 in St. George, Utah. He was born on October 19, 1944 in San Diego, California to Jay Frank Olsen and Margaret Balderas Olsen
He married Kathleen Hall Olsen in Las Vegas, Nevada on March 19, 1972.
Richard grew up as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. After moving to Utah, he attended Hillcrest and Jordan High Schools. He was a great baseball player who loved the game and passed the love of the game down to his daughter, Kim, who he coached for 10 years all the way up to her college career. Richard and Kathleen were sealed for time and all eternity in the West Jordan Temple. Richard served in many church callings throughout his life and had a spiritual gift for missionary work. He served as a stake mission president, ward mission leader, and a sunday school president for well over five years.
Richard was incredibly knowledgeable, particularly with business. He was an intelligent and successful entrepreneur, he started with two auto parts shops and later, leading to twelve restaurants spreading across Utah. Richard and his wife Kathleen took a break from running the business to serve an LDS mission in San Jose, California. Later on, they retired in Las Vegas, Nevada where he developed a passion for collectibles and the history of early Las Vegas. Through the years of his life, Richard always had the capability to make others laugh, especially his sweet wife of 46 years. His sense of humor, generosity, and loving-heart will truly be missed.
He is survived by his wife Kathleen Hall Olsen, daughters, Cynthia Ann Olsen (Shelby) Jensen, Elaine (Frank) Rodriquez and Kimberly (Nale) Olsen Fakahua. Grandchildren, Danny Kipp, Madeline and Dallan Jensen, Katie Rodriquez, Vea and Angela Fakahua, Alisi and Zach Tauteoli and Malakai Fakahua. Great Grandchildren, Keleia Tauteoli. Brother and Sisters, Larry Olsen, Helen and Dave Livingston and Marilynn and Steve Bone.
He was preceded in death by his daughter, Cynthia Ann Olsen Jensen.
Funeral Services will be held, Friday September 21, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. with a viewing from 9:15-10:15 a.m. at the Morningside Stake Center located at 879 South River Road.
Interment will follow at the Tonaquint Cemetery located at 1777 S. Dixie Drive St. George, Utah.
A special thanks to the entire staff at Advanced Healthcare of St. George. They went above and beyond their call of duty to care and comfort our entire family.
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