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 Craig William Olsen

Craig William Olsen

Murray, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA
Death 14 Feb 1991 (aged 13)
Bryce Canyon, Garfield County, Utah, USA
Burial Murray, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA
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Craig William Olsen, age 13, died February 14, 1991 after a fall while sight seeing at Bryce Canyon while he was on his way to Arizona for a soccer tournament.

Born April 7, 1977 in Murray, Utah to W. Terry and Ellen Marie Kofoed Olsen. He was a honor student at Brockbank Jr. High, in the eight grade. Member of the Granite Jr. Youth Symphony, where he played the french horn, and also excelled on the trumpet. He loved sports, played in the America AAA Soccer Club. Member of the LDS Church, where he was presently serving as Deacon's Quorum President. He was Patrol Leader for his troupe in Boy Scouts, and working toward his Eagle. He loved hunting and fishing trips with his family. He was admired by both adults and his friends. He shared everything with everybody, and excelled at everything he tried.

Survived by his parents; brother and sisters, Karen, Brian, Sara, and Wendy, all Magna.; grandparents, Lynn and Ila Kofoed, Evanston, Wyo.; Mildred Olsen, Murray; aunts, uncles, and cousins. Preceded in death by a much loved grandpa, George Olsen.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, 1 p.m., in the Magna South Stake Center, 7731 West 3500 South. Friends may call at the Jenkins-Soffe Mortuary, 4760 South State, Monday, 6-8 p.m. and Tuesday at the church, one hour prior to service. Interment, Murray City Cemetery.

Deseret News Sunday, February 17, 1991 Obituary


A 13-year-old boy from Magna fell 300 feet to his death Thursday afternoon while attempting to retrieve a camera he had dropped at an overlook at Bryce Canyon National Park.

Craig Olsen, son of William and Ellen Olsen of Magna, was visiting the park with his family when he dropped a camera on a narrow ledge below the Bryce Point Viewpoint, said ranger Charles Peterson, quoting family members. "He had climbed off the trail and retrieved the camera, when he lost his footing." Park rangers and the Garfield County ambulance crew responded, and rangers scrambled to the boy from the Peekaboo Trail below Bryce Point. But he had suffered extensive injuries and was pronounced dead on arrival at Garfield Memorial Hospital, Panguitch.

"Bryce Point is one of the major areas at the park. It's a viewpoint. We have about 15 of them along the road through the canyon," Peterson told the Deseret News.

Although the viewpoint has a set of rails, after the boy dropped his camera, he "made the poor judgment to go out and get it." Peterson added that the family wanted to make the point that Craig was a very responsible boy and just made a wrong decision.

Deseret News February 16, 1991




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  • Originally Created by: Utah State Historical Society
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  • Find A Grave Memorial 36457
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Craig William Olsen (7 Apr 1977–14 Feb 1991), Find A Grave Memorial no. 36457, citing Murray City Cemetery, Murray, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA ; Maintained by Anne (contributor 46788213) .