Thomas Eric Olson, of Bountiful, Utah passed away Monday November 30, 2020 after remarkably living to the young age of 70.

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Tom was born on May 21, 1950 in La Jolla, CA to Ethel Winifred Smerdon and Judine Oliver Olson. He was later raised by Woodrow Wayne Perry, the man Tom called “Dad”.

As a boy he lived mostly on the beaches of Southern California. At a very young age he learned to cook, sew, play baseball, and work hard at whatever he was doing. By the time he became a teenager, he’d developed a passion for writing; specifically, about sports. This passion would become the foundation and driving force of many of Tom’s future professional aspirations.

Tom is survived by his wife of 40 years, Patrice JoHanna Gorham, eight children, and 15 grandchildren. They spent most of their lives together bouncing between the beaches of California, and the mountains of Utah and Colorado.

Tom loved collecting rare and unique trinkets. It started in his youth with model cars, baseball cards, stamps, and coins. His collections eventually expanded to include Boy Scout patches, T-shirts, Disney memorabilia, and Kinder Joy knickknacks.

You could regularly find Tom reading a Christmas novel, usually by Richard Paul Evans, while sporting a favorite Hawaiian shirt and San Diego Chargers ball cap.

Tom loved music and briefly played the guitar and banjo to entertain friends and family. He loved to be with family and was always game for a campout, or picnic of KFC “littles” up one of the many canyons within the Wasatch National Forest.

He and his family spent many vacations on the road to National Parks, the beach, and Disneyland while singing along to the Beach Boys, Jon Denver, or The Phantom of the Opera soundtrack.

His family will always remember cross-stitched stockings, Joe Montana meetings, camera punches, rusted out floorboards, renaissance pleasure fairs, quirky one-liners, and little red fire engines.

He was a strong patriarch of his family, a good friend to all, a man who would give his shirt for a friend.

He was a wonderful father who took care of his children and did the best he could to teach and guide them.

A graveside service will be He was a great man. He is loved and will be missed by many! held on Tuesday, December 8, 2020 at 11:00 AM at Memorial Redwood Mortuary and Cemetery 6500 South Redwood Road, West Jordan, Utah 84123. A viewing will be held two hours prior beginning at 9:00 AM inside the building. Interment to follow the graveside service.

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Salt Lake City, UT

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Such a beautiful blue sky for a graduation for Tom. He has passed through this life with flying colors. Now Patrice will have her own special guardian angel watching over her and her family. You will be missed Tom, but, we have fond memories whenever we think of you and your colorful Hawaiian shirts and bright smile! Love you and Patrice and will keep an eye on her for you. ❤🌹❤🌹

Linda and Shane Alldredge , South Jordan , UT, US Dec 08, 2020 was a pleasure and a blessing to have known Tom. My heart is sad and happy all at the same time. I love this dear man and will never forget his smile!! He was so kind and loving. His Maverik family will forever miss him. If you or your family need anything I am always here.

I love you.


Jamie , Sunset, UT, US Dec 06, 2020

Thanks for inviting me into your lives. I enjoyed that endearing smile on every visit. Tom is an example of a true gentleman, and will be missed by so many. Kolette

Kolette Dec 05, 2020

Even though Tom isn’t here in person! Tom is always in our hearts forever!

Patrice and family!

Tom is always with you where ever you are. He’s in your memories, heart, in your children and in your home. (I’m not trying to scare you) sorry If I did.

I’m truly saddened to hear that you lost your forever love 💕. I hope you and your family can feel peace. Lots of love and prayers from my family to yours! keep strong!

Love The Lee Family ❤️

Jamie Lee , West Valley City , UT, US Dec 04, 2020

Dear Patrice and Family,. I hope that your happy memories will help you through this difficult time. Sincerely yours,. Moneic Wing

Moneic Wing , Lemitar, NM, US Dec 03, 2020

Patrice, I’m sorry for you’re loss , you and your family are in my prayers. I wish you peace and comfort, you and Tom are amazing couple. I hopeful that I can be with my sweetheart for as long as you were or as long as the Heavenly Father lets us. I love you and miss you. Lorraine and family.

Lorraine young , Brigham City , UT, US Dec 03, 2020

Patrice , you and your family 👪 are in our thoughts and prayers ! We are so glad we got to see Tom at Derek and Adrianna wedding. What a great guy he was , im so glad I spoke with Tom that day , its always nice to see you guys

-Shannon Smock

Jose & Shannon Reyes Dec 03, 2020

Patrice, I am so sorry. I didn't realize how sick he was. I feel honored to have met him the one time. You know we are all here for you. Please let us know what we can do to help.

Denise Willey , Clearfield, UT, US Dec 03, 2020

One of my favorite memories is from about 10 years ago. He and Tristan came to visit me in California and we went to Disneyland because of course. We got Dad a wheelchair because he was unsteady on his feet but he wouldn't stay in it! He kept getting out of the wheelchair to go look at things when we were in stores or to get a better look at something. I thought it was so funny. Nothing was going to stop him from getting his full experience. Every time I go to Disneyland he will always be with me. ❤

Cherna Delgado Dec 03, 2020

Tom was a major pillar in the sports program at Chapman College. Editor of the college newspaper he created a Sports Communication Directorship which the college endorsed upon his graduation. He was active not only with the paper and sports but an active fraternity brother. He will be missed by many

Jill Brogan , Palm Desert, CA, US Dec 03, 2020

I am so sorry.

Robin Bittle , North Pole , AK, US Dec 03, 2020

My thoughts and prayers are with you, Patrice and Tristan, and the rest of your family.

Krista Peterman , Cornelia, GA, US Dec 03, 2020

May God Bless him and keep him. Prayers and hugs for you and all of your family. Love you. Rosie and JR Bosse

Rosie and JR Bosse , Onaga, KS, US Dec 03, 2020


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    Any time ingot to spend with him in person was my favorite memory ❤

  • Jun 3, 1980

    Any time I got to spend with my Dad was my favorite time

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  • Jul 1, 2017

    John Wayne birthplace Museum

  • 2020
  • Nov 14, 2020

    Derek’s wedding