Gillies Funeral Chapel


D. A. Olsen

July 27, 1926  ~  November 26, 2014

Viewings: Friday, Dec. 5th from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Gillies Funeral Chapel, 634 East 200 South, Brigham City and on Saturday at the Brigham City LDS 12th Ward Chapel, 139 East 300 North from 10:00 to 10:40 a.m.

Funeral services: Saturday, December 6, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at the Brigham City LDS 12th Ward Chapel, 139 East 300 North.

Interment: Brigham City Cemetery


BRIGHAM CITY – Devoted husband, father, and friend, D. A. Olsen passed away Wednesday, November 26, 2014 in Brigham City, Utah. He was born to Dan F. and Lucile Barton Olsen in Brigham City, Utah on July 27, 1926 where he was a lifelong resident. He married the love of his life, Barbara Nelson also of Brigham City on August 25, 1949 in Brigham City, Utah. Their marriage was later solemnized in the Ogden LDS Temple. She preceded D.A. in death six weeks before on October 8, 2014. Graduating from the University of Utah he accepted a position at Box Elder High School teaching English, Government and History. Teaching was his passion and he was a dedicated and effective teacher making a difference in the lives of his students for over 40 years. D.A. also owned a paint contracting business, where he spent many hours with colleagues and took pride in enhancing the look of many homes and businesses in the area. He had a delightful sense of humor in the way he interacted with people, which was a charming and engaging part of his personality. D. A. enjoyed fishing, hunting, and spending time with friends. D.A.'s greatest joy came from spending time with his family and being part of his granddaughters lives, supporting them in their sports and education. Surviving are his two children, Tom (Lori) Olsen, Logan; Teresa (Richard) Parker, Chester Springs, PA; two granddaughters, Jordan and Kylie Olsen; one sister, Madge Olsen Weis, Danville, CA. D. A. was preceded in death by his parents, his sweetheart, Barbara, two brothers, K. B. Olsen, Boyd Olsen and one sister, Gwen Bailey. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, December 6, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at the Brigham City LDS 12th Ward Chapel, 139 East 300 North. Viewings will be held on Friday, Dec. 5th from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Gillies Funeral Chapel, 634 East 200 South, Brigham City and on Saturday at the Church from 10:00 to 10:40 a.m. Interment will be in the Brigham City Cemetery.

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Your father/grandfather had such an impact on so many kids through the years as a teacher (me included). I loved having him as a teacher. Even more important, I saw the devotion and love he had for your mother/grandmother. I'm so happy he is with his sweetheart again, but so sorry for your loss.

Leisa Hamilton-Bertine


Tom and the rest of the family, sorry for your loss. Mr. Olsen as I knew him made a lasting impact on my life as my high school history teacher which continues today in my love of history. Please know that he was appreciated by me for being my teacher.

Dan Canfield


I really enjoyed the time I was able to spend the past 2 years renewing stories about our kids n the old neighbors. Your parents are great people. Your mom was really a sweetheart n your dad was an excellent care taker. Loved them both. D A n Barbara will certainly remain as true friends. Tom n Teresa take care. Love you n your families

Beverlee Smart-Whitten


My heart goes out to you all. D.A. Was such a tough teacher and we caused him all sorts of grief. But he kept up with is, teaching is the amazing world of history. Because of h, I am able to converse intelligently about many European historical events. I wish I had tried just a little bit in his class. He was such an honorable an and one that I now remember fondly and with great respect. Please accept my prayers for your family, Tom and Teresa. You had a wonderful father. I will never forget him.

Laura Kennedy Pittman


I was happy to help out your parents in their home with the cleaning and yard work.. It was fun to be with them and to share many stories and laughs. I know DA missed Barbara.. now they are together..

Leslee Bowman


Tom and Teresa
I was so sorry to hear of your father's passing. Missed your mother's with sad regret. Have loved your mom and dad dearly. Had a wonderful talk with both of them in June. Your dad was a wonderful teacher and friend. Will miss him but have wonderful memories

Ann Merrill Peart


Tom and Teresa,

I just want to tell you how much I loved your dad. When I think of uncle, it's your dad that comes to my mind. He always seemed to be there when a family situation arose, quietly hanging in the back and then at the appropriate time saunter up and talk to the individual. He was a good man and dedicated father and husband. I will always remember his slow and deliberate manner and the caring behind it. Thanks for sharing him with me.

Heidi Elton


D.A. was my H.S. history teacher, my class "dad", and friend. I don't think he ever missed a class of '56' reunion. And a saw him at a friends missionary farewell just months ago. He has a very long list of friends.

Hal Reeder


We were saddened to learn of D. A.'s recent passing and would like to express our appreciation for the significant influence he had on our lives and neighborhood. He is a good friend. When I was called as the Bishop of the 12th ward in 1975, D. A. served as my second counselor. Whenever I gave him an assignment I could considerate done. We spent many hours over the years visiting and helping each other out. I will truly miss him. I pray that you might be comforted during this time of sorrow.

Ronald Law











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