Lincoln “Link” Isaiah Loewen passed away at the age of 46 on April 21, 2020 in Loerenskog, Norway from natural causes due to heart failure. Link was born October 18, 1973 in Salt Lake City, Utah. He grew up in the Avenues and later Holladay where he attended Evergreen Jr. High and Olympus High School (class of ’92).
Link was a lifelong member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and was married and sealed to his loving and devoted wife Tonje on June 1, 1999 in the Stockholm Sweden Temple. They were blessed with two wonderful and talented daughters Selina (19) and Amelia (14). Link was dedicated to his family and treasured his daughters more than anything in this world and was always extremely proud of them. They were truly the light and love of his life and they all cherished spending time together as a family laughing, enjoying the outdoors, eating steak and wondering what type of BBQ sauce Link would try next…or what he would put it on.
In 2006 Link and Tonje moved to Norway. He loved everything about living in Norway, and Norway seemed to love Link as well! Link was famously known in his neighborhood as the “friendly American”. He had a huge heart and personality – if Link was in the room you always knew it. His huge smiles and fun attitude were contagious. Wherever he went, he loved to meet new people, make friends, and demonstrate his “almost” mastery of the Norwegian language featuring an amazing American accent that he was very proud of. He also enjoyed sporting his fashionable attire of boots in the summer and shorts in the winter. Throughout his life, Link was known for being a hard worker, and he especially loved his employment in Norway.
Link has always loved animals. The joy and kindness they gave him blessed him throughout his life. Link was able to fulfill one of his lifelong dreams of working with animals by being involved with a horse farm the past few years.
Link always enjoyed being in nature, both in Norway and Utah. Growing up, he enjoyed camping, hiking and skiing with his family and friends. During this time, he developed a passion for mountain biking that stayed with him throughout his life. Riding his bike and enjoying the outdoor beauty of Norway with his family brought him much happiness.
For all of those who were blessed to know him and spend time with him, Link shared a powerful example and enduring legacy of devotion and love to family and friends. He was fully dedicated to what he believed in and always willing to help others.
Link is preceded in death by his dedicated and loving mother, Barbara M. Smedley (Merrill Thompson Smedley).
He is survived by his wife, Tonje Pedersen Loewen, two daughters, Selina Kristine and Amilia Jade, sister, Elisa Christina Merrill Foster (Christopher), brothers, Grant Hyde Merrill (Crystal) and Daniel Abraham Loewen (Heidi), as well as many loving cousins, nieces, nephews, and his father, Daniel Anthony Loewen. Link was often referred to as the favorite uncle because, “he was not like the other boring adults!”
Memorial services and internment are being cared for by family in Norway.
“Ohana” means family. Family means no one gets left behind. We are proud of you Link! You are loved and missed more than words and emotions can express. Thank you for your example of conquering life’s challenges, faithfulness to family and friends, and having fun.
Life Story Info
Link will be forever missed. He and I had so many great trips to the pet stores. I think we had a competition to see who could buy the craziest fish. He won. I can't remember if it was the freshwater eels or the pacu (piranha relative). A true friend to all and always known as such a giving person. While I am sad to hear of his passing, I know he gave it his all! Best wishes to his great wife and daughters. You will see him again.
Lincoln- You were always full of life, fun and energy. I am so happy to see what a beautiful family and life you created in Norway. Your friends in Millcreek loved growing up with you and have great memories playing stake softball, camping, hiking, visiting pet stores, and walking the neighborhood late at night talking, laughing, and possibly playing a few harmless pranks. Shine on you crazy diamond:)
Danny, I was so sad to see that your brother Lincoln has passed away in Norway. I remember you talking about him, and from your mother how happy he was in Norway with his family. It appears he led a great life and was so at home in Norway, a beautiful place with happy, friendly people. I hope your sister and brother are well. I think of you and your mother every time I pass your former home. Take care; life is precious.
I feel so honored and blessed that I had the opportunity to meet Link. He was always so welcoming and kind whenever I saw him. Being a brand new missionary in my first area, he was one of the many sweet members in Romerike that helped me gain confidence in myself. Sending my love and prayers to the family.