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Leugene Olsen (Gene) age 83 of Las Vegas, Nevada returned to Heaven May 14, 2012 after a difficult heart surgery. Gene was born September 11, 1929 in Bingham Canyon, Utah to the most wonderful parents Leland and Vergene Burke Olsen. Gene graduated from Bingham High School In 1948, At 21 he joined the US Navy in 1950 and served on the U.S.S. Antietam during the Korean conflict as a Musician Second Class. After serving he graduated from the University of Utah for what he loved most, music and teaching.
Music was always his dream and he was fortunate enough to fulfill it by traveling all over the US. Playing in both big and small bands, he was talented with all instruments. He met and married the love of his life Linda Greaves Olsen in 1972, They shared a life full of Dancing and Music. He settled in Utah with his family teaching music for 55+ years, in Jordan and Granite School District's, also teaching privately for Summerhayes Music and Highland Music. After raising their family they moved to Las Vegas, NV in 2004 for retirement. Gene's personality was one of a kind, always with a smile on his face and music in his heart, he touched many lives with his kindness and will be missed by all.
He is survived by the love of his life Linda Greaves Olsen , their blended family of 8 children. Ken & Sherrrie Olsen St. John, Stephen & Lilia Galimova Olsen, David Olsen, Tracy & Ma Dels Angels Fdez-Matos Clark, Ron & Valerie Olsen Brown, Byron & DeeAnn Bloodworth Clark, Lee & Jaclyn Olsen Arnold.
16 grandchildren: Melissa Tapp Elder, Jamie Olsen Bos, Shannon Tapp Swensen, Austin Olsen, Ryan Tapp, Kenneth Clark, Skyler Clark, David Olsen Jr., Christopher Olsen, Ryan Thomas, Lindsey Olsen McCartney, Tyler Thomas, Kenney Schultz, Ashia Thomas Holt, Emiliya Chernova,Olivia Clark, Sabrina Clark, Janessa Clark, Alex Olsen, Aundreya Arnold, Preston Arnold, and Harrison Arnold. With 13+ great-grandchildren. In addition: Aaron, Cory, Sean and Tarah Heaps, Lindsey, Courtney and RJ Brown, Kenneth II, Rachel, Matthew, Hannah, Christopher St. John, plus families. Proceeded in death by his parents; Leland & Vergene Olsen, son Leugene (Lee) Jr. and better then a cousin referred to as sister Carolynne Carpenter Darger.
Funeral Services will be held Saturday May 19, 2012 at 11:00 A.M. Larkin Sunset Gardens on 1950 E 10600 S. Sandy Ut. Viewing will be prior to graveside service from 9:45 to 10:45. In Lieu of flowers the family requests donations to be made to Wells Fargo in the name of Linda Olsen in C/O Leugene Olsen.
Published in Salt Lake Tribune on May 18, 2012