Lynn Otto Poulson, 79, passed away on Sunday 20 August 2017 at his home in Lehi, Utah.
Born in Orem, Utah, to Leo Alma Poulson and Virginia Bird Booth Poulson, Lynn attended the Spencer School and Lincoln Junior and Senior High School, graduating in 1956. During his youth, Lynn developed a love of automobiles that would last throughout his life. His first serious project was the restoration of a 1930 Ford Model A Cabriolet coupe while a student at Brigham Young University. The Model A was succeeded by a 1936 Ford Sedan, fondly nicknamed ‘Kermit’, and a 1939 Chevrolet half ton pickup, which is still in process.
Lynn enrolled as a freshman at BYU in 1956, completing two years of study before taking time off to serve in the Western States Mission of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (1958 to 1960). It was not long after his return to BYU that he met Ellina Olson, whom he married in the Los Angeles temple on 29 May 1962. They recently celebrated their fifty-fifth wedding anniversary.
In 1963, Lynn, Ellina, and their infant daughter Lisa moved to New York City where Lynn earned a dual law and business degree from Columbia University. After graduating in 1966, the growing family relocated to Los Angeles where Lynn began practicing law with Overton, Lyman & Prince. It was not long before he joined Roberts, Carmack, Brown, Johnson & Hunter as a partner, and he practiced with that firm for the rest of his career.
Lynn had a great love of baseball, enjoyed attending the theatre and philharmonic, and firmly believed that Casablanca was the best film ever made. He also loved the complexities of the English language, and had a great respect for proper grammar. He traveled widely, visiting many countries in Central America, Europe, and Asia, as well as seeing much of the United States. Lynn spent many years highly involved in the Boy Scouts of America, taking the Woodbadge training course in 1979 and eventually receiving the Silver Beaver Award.
He was called as a sealer in the Los Angeles temple in 2001, and after he and Ellina returned to live in Utah full time in 2007, he served in that position in the Mt. Timpanogos temple. He thoroughly enjoyed interacting with the temple patrons and officiating in sealing couples and families together for eternity. He viewed this calling as one of the great blessings of his life.
He is survived by his wife Ellina, his children Lisa, Mark (Barbara), Bart (Jacque), Lori, Rynna, and Ann, his grandchildren Quinn, Zoë, Talia, and Alan, and his sisters Karma Swain and Charlotte Astle.
He was buried in the Pleasant Grove Cemetery in a private service, and a public memorial service will be held at 2pm on 2 September at the Lehi Cedar Hollow Stake Center 2178 North 1200 East Lehi, Utah. Please share a memory below.
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