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Lyn F. Olsen
Resident of Palm Desert
Mar 25, 1939-Nov. 11, 2011
Lyn Freestone Olsen, 72, of Palm Desert, died suddenly on November 11, 2011. Lyn, son of the late Leland M. and Beulah Olsen, was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah. He attended the University of Utah.
He moved to San Francisco in 1961, and later San Jose, where he was employed with American Savings & Loan. He continued at American for many years as Senior Vice President of the Loan Department for Northern California after obtaining his law degree. His professional career in the mortgage business continued when he became a Vice President for World Savings in Northern California. Lyn was a long-time resident of San Jose, Los Gatos and Danville. He moved to Palm Desert following his retirement in 2005.
Lyn was a second generation Eagle Scout. In the early 1950s he lived in Burma with his family for two years where his father worked as an engineer. It was there that he learned the game of tennis. Upon returning to Utah, he continued playing tennis, becoming a Nationally ranked Junior player. His love for the sport continued throughout his life. He was also an avid cyclist, golfer, skier and fisherman. He enjoyed traveling and visited many countries, playing tennis in most of them.
Lyn is survived by his children: Melissa (Alan) Cavallo of Danville, CA; Kristen (Ky) Grant of Campbell, CA; and Erik Olsen of Los Gatos, CA, and his grandchildren Alexa and Megan Cavallo, Jake and McKenzie Grant and Sofia Olsen. He is also survived by brothers Jan and Dennis, and his beloved dog Buddy.
A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, December 3rd at Oak Hill Park Community Center, 3005 Stone Valley Road, Danville, at 3:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in his memory to the National Tennis Foundation (www.
Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on Nov. 27, 2011
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