Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

November 21, 2018
Lionel Wayne Olsen Jr.

Obit Lionel Olsen 11932 – 2018

Obit Lionel Olsen 2Lionel Wayne Olsen Jr. passed away peacefully surrounded by family and loved ones Nov. 17, 2018, at the age of 86. He was born on April 9, 1932, in Salt Lake City, Utah, to Lionel and Carma Smith Olsen. He graduated from West High School in Salt Lake City and went on to attend the University of Utah.  

Wayne was a Korean War veteran serving in the US Navy for four years as Yeoman Second Class. He served his country with honor from 1950–1954. He married Judy Workman in 1957, had three children, and later divorced. He then married Hilde Lang in 1980.  

Wayne worked his way up through the banking ranks at First Security Bank and later Commercial Security Bank serving as Vice President at both Tooele branches. He was actively involved in the community volunteering in various capacities. Wayne served as president of the Tooele Chamber of Commerce. He was a member of the Tooele County Volunteer Fire Department for more than 50 years. He was a member of Tooele County Search and Rescue and served 12 years as a volunteer Deputy Sheriff with the Tooele County Sheriff’s Department.  

Wayne was a successful business owner and entrepreneur. He successfully developed and operated the Great American Motor Inn/Comfort Inn in Tooele, Utah; St. George Aviation, and Dixie Frozen Yogurt. He was an avid golfer and won the Tooele Club Championship. He had a passion for flying and spent many years flying his single engine Piper airplane. He volunteered with the city of St. George in their public safety department as a Volunteer in Public Safety officer (VIPS) and Civil Air Patrol. He successfully completed the police academy training at age 70 and served as a juvenile probation officer.  

Wayne is survived by his loving wife of 38 years, Hilde; sons, Wayne (Colette) Olsen III, Salt Lake City, Utah; David (Denise) Olsen, Tooele, Utah; daughter Jennifer (David) Allred, Tooele, Utah; Step children, Cecilia Russell, Tooele, Utah; Wally (Jennifer) Bankhead, Richfield, Utah; Julie Bankhead, Midvale, Utah; Michael Bankhead, St. George, Utah; 15 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; sister Joyce Riddell Harp, Woodland Hills, California.

A celebration of life will be held on Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018 at 2 p.m. at the Spilsbury Mortuary Chapel in St. George, Utah. There will be a gathering with the family prior to services starting at 1:30 p.m.

The family would like to thank the staff at Intermountain Hospice for their care of Wayne.

Arrangements are made under the direction of Spilsbury Mortuary, (435) 673-2454, 110 S. Bluff, St. George, Utah. Friends and family are invited to sign Wayne’s online guestbook at

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