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    Willis John Olson, 1946-2019

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    On Wednesday, April 24, 2019, Willis John Olson, loving husband, father, and grandfather, passed away at the age of 62 at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Grand Junction, Colorado.

    Willis was born Aug. 4, 1956, in Price, Utah to Willis and Alice (Jackson) Olson. On Dec. 14, 1978, he married Jamie Laree Lemon and together they raised daughter, Christina Laree, and son, Willis Lee.

    Even though his parents paid his way through college, he followed his father’s footsteps and spent 37 years of his working career as a coalminer, afterwards he remained in Colorado to be close to his kids and grandkids because to Willis, family was his biggest job in life and he always put family first.

    His humor was one of a kind; you were either offended or drawn in laughing. He also had a passion for hunting, fishing, camping, gold prospecting and watching the grandkids play sports.

    His mother and father, Alice and Willis and his brother, Jack, preceded Willis in death. His wife, Jamie; daughter, Christina and son, Willis Lee; survive him; his grandchildren: Alice, Shaun, Trevor, Rayan, Rachele, Sadie; his great grandson, Dustin, and several cousins, nephews and a niece.

    Services were held Monday, April 29. Arrangements entrusted to Mitchell Funeral Home where friends may share memories at

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