Randy Olsen passed away, surrounded by family, in the early morning of September 28, 2021.
Randy was born on February 4, 1953, to Clare and Caleen Olsen in Salt Lake City, Utah. He was the oldest of four children, with two sisters and one brother. Randy had a happy childhood, growing up in several places, including Salt Lake City, Utah and Concord, California. He graduated from Skyline High School in Salt Lake City.
After High School, Randy attended Snow College in Ephraim, Utah, where he met his future wife, Jackie Winters. Randy and Jackie were married in the Salt Lake City, Utah temple and later had three daughters. They would have celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 2022.
Randy joined the Army and served for 3 years followed by several years in the reserves, taking his small family to several locations, including Monterey, California and Germany. After his time in the Army, Randy attended the University of Utah, where he graduated with an Accounting degree, and eventually received his CPA license. Randy’s work then took his family to various places, including Fremont, California; Farmington, Utah; and eventually Galt, California.
Randy loved motorcycles, specifically Harley Davidson’s, and owned several throughout his life. As well, he was proud of his “Slick 66”, the 1966 Mustang that he and his father worked on together. Randy also loved classic rock and roll, and could always be counted on for a game of Name that Tune – which he would always win. True to his slightly rebellious nature, Randy was proud of his full head of hair, and chose to wear it long at different times in his life, with a full ponytail at the time of his passing. Randy was generous, always willing to help a friend or loved one in need. He had a quick wit, and enjoyed joking and making others smile. When those around him were happy, he was happy.
Randy loved spending time with his family and spending time in the outdoors. He enjoyed camping, hiking, long scenic drives, and visiting National Parks. Most of all, he loved spending time and caring for his 4 year old granddaughter Poppy, his “best buddy”.
Randy was a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and had a firm testimony of our Heavenly Father and Savior, Jesus Christ. He fulfilled many different callings throughout his life, including working with the youth and scouts. He also held callings utilizing his accounting skills as auditor and ward clerk. Many of the young men he worked with remember him and recall the impact he had on their lives.
Both of his parents preceded Randy in death. Survived by his wife, Jackie; his children, Nicole (Jason) Olsen, Courtney Baker, and Lindsay Olsen; his grandchildren Poppy, Dillon, and Gabe; his siblings Julie Day, Roxanne(James) Rawlings, and David (Terri) Olsen; his mother and father-in-law Verla and Jack Winters, and many nieces and nephews.
Randy will be greatly missed by all that knew and loved him.
Randy’s memorial service will be at Camp Williams Veteran’s Cemetery November 5, 2021 at 11:00 a.m.
Randy was a great brother in law. I vividly remember the time in college when I was really stressed with an accounting assignment in one of my classes and I asked Randy if he could help me. He dropped everything and over the next few hours and took the time to explain in detail what I needed to know. I also remember recently when my father was quite ill and for several days he got up with him unselfishly in the middle of the night. I spoke with my Dad about that recently and he told me how thankful he was for Randy.
Randy had a great sense of humor and a great laugh. I always looked forward to our visits together. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
I didn’t know Randy very long but I always enjoyed his sense of humor