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Obituary for Michael Ford Olmstead

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Michael Ford Olmstead

January 3, 1939 - March 22, 2012

Michael Ford Olmstead passed away on March 22, 2012 after a courageous battle with leukemia. Mike was born on January 3, 1939 to Neil Raymer Olmstead and Martha Jane Neill Olmstead in Ogden, Utah. Mike spent his childhood in Ogden, attending Ogden High School where he lettered in track, football, and wrestling. He graduated in 1957 and went on to attend the University of Utah. Soon after, Mike and his high school sweetheart, Lynda Hartmann, were married in Ogden. They spent a wonderful 52 years together. Mike received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Utah in 1963. He practiced law with Olmstead, Stein and Campbell following his graduation and then as a solo practitioner for many years. In total, he practiced law for 49 years. Mike was loved by all who knew him. He had a kind and generous disposition and a wonderful sense of humor. Two of his favorite pastimes were tending to his backyard garden and spending time with his six grandchildren who all feel he was the best grandpa ever. He spent hours with them building wonderful memories such as throwing a football in the yard, playing hearts, splashing in a backyard pool, playing the hide and seek game of “Monster” and telling fun stories on the trampoline. He really was just a big kid at heart. Mike always had a tender spot for animals and especially loved his dog, Clifford.Mike is survived by his loving wife, Lynda, his three sons, Eric Olmstead (Shari), Brian Olmstead (Jayna) and Doug Olmstead (Michelle) as well as his six adoring grandchildren James, Kathryn, Michael, Sarah, Ben and Ethan. He is also survived by his brother William Olmstead (Shonnee). He is preceded in death by his parents and his brother Tom Olmstead.The family wishes to thank the dedicated staff in the Leukemia unit at LDS Hospital as well as McKay Dee Hospital for all of their loving care and support. A viewing will be held in celebration of Mike’s life at Leavitt’s Mortuary, 836 36th Street, Ogden, Utah on Monday evening, March 26th from 6:00 – 8:00 pm. There will a second viewing Tuesday morning from 10:00 – 10:45 am, followed by a Graveside Service at 11:00 am.Online condolences may be sent to the family at


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Visitation Information

Date: Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Time: 10:00 am - 10:45 am

Leavitts Mortuary


836 36th Street, , Ogden, UT, 84403

Cemetery Information

Date: Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Time: 11:00 am -

Leavitt's Aultorest Memorial Park


836 36th Street, , Ogden, UT,

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Born: January 3, 1939
Died: March 22, 2012

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Mike Fine posted on 5/14/12

I apologize this is late. However, we are in Thailand and sometimes news doesn't come to us quickly as we would like. Mike was a terrific neighbor and kind man. I often would take a moment and chat with him and always enjoyed our brief neighborly conversations. It was always a pleasure to look out our window and see him and Ben playing in the yard. He always had a kind smile and was a genuinely warm person. IWe wish you all the best and our most sincere condolences from abroad. Mike, Trish, Elizabeth and Emma Fine.


Cher Cobus posted on 4/14/12

Dearest Olmstead Family, My deepest condolences to you for your loss. Though my memories are few of Michael, they are wonderful. He always was and will be remembered for his kind, kind heart and his intense love for his family.


Marilyn Junk posted on 3/28/12

Hi Lynda,What a sad day it was to open the paper and see Mike's obituary. I'm so very sorry for your loss. Mike was always such a gentleman to all of his class mates and respected by all who knew him. When you talked about him at Weber, I could see in your eyes the deep love you had for him. You are such a beautiful person, and I really enjoyed working with you. Just know many of his friends were saddened by his passing, and we want you to know how much we care.Marilyn Junk


Nicole Olmstead Coulter posted on 3/26/12

I am so saddened with the sudden passing of Uncle Mike. I send my love and prayers to Aunt Lynda and to my cousins Eric, Doug, Bryan and their families. Uncle Mike was a generous man, and very supportive of the family. I remember going to picnics at Mt. Ogden Park with Grandpa and Grandma, and recall that Uncle Mike loved to play with us kids. He has always been there at family occasions. I have fond memories of celebrating Aunt Millie and Uncle Leonard's 50th Wedding Anniversary in Nebraska together in 1988. In the past 15 years, I didn't see him often, but Uncle Mike always had a humorous remark to share whenever we got together. I was always hoping to ask him about Grandpa Olmstead's law practice and his cases that he argued before the Supreme Court. I will especially be grateful for the way Uncle Mike tenderly and patiently cared for Grandpa and Grandma Olmstead in their later years. He was so dependable and I really appreciated his diligent care, as I did not live close by. I'll miss Uncle Mike, and I know what a legacy he has left to all his family members. Our family has been praying for Uncle Mike during his illness and after he died. This week my four-year-old daughter Ashleigh said a prayer, "Please help us be good as angels, so we can see Uncle Mike again."Amen. Love, Nicole & Dan Coulter (and Autumn, Devan, and Ashleigh)


Madeline Pappas posted on 3/25/12

Dear Family, I am deeply sadden over the loss of Mike. he was a beautiful person, who always had a little twinkle to him, that always made you really wonder what he was thinking. May God take you through this time of sorrow and healing. He will be missed by many.


Walt Steesy posted on 3/24/12

We share the loss of Michael as a member of our greater Olmstead family.Olmste(a)d Family Genealogist


melodie posted on 3/24/12

i will miss him he was a great lawyer.i am so sorry that he has passed on,good ,honest lawyers are hard to find.he has helped me out lots and i really appreciated it alot.he helped me out to the end.i was sad to hear that he was so sick and that when i looked in the paper to see that it took him so that he is in heaven he can still look over the ones he loved and cared for.i know he loved everyone he was kind and passionate to all.hope that all will know of the careeing heart he had. GOD BLESS YOU ALL till you meet him again in heaven.


Stuart N. Schmidt posted on 3/24/12

circa: Late 40s through mid 50sI being the youngest male (Sandra bring the only female) of the 'Neill' cousins (Tom, Bill, Mike, George, Norm & yours truly) remember wanting to be in the middle of the older cousin's fun and games, and not always welcome ......however, that never stopped me.The memory I have of Mike is he seemed to be the most active of the group. Let's call it "athletic" ..which he was! As I reflect back, Mike's the one I wanted to emulate. I believe Mike, and I'm sure Norm, were the ones that got our parents attentions ...enough said. What can I say ...we had fun.Talking with my brother Norm & cousin George the last couple of days brought back memories we all shared in that fun, innocent and youthful time. We agreed that more of those opportunities would have been welcome, but those early days made our Utah/Nebraska connection a rare event. Still, we have those wonderful memories, and that's the best.