4/24/1992 ~ 9/21/2021
Paul Lincoln Olmstead, 29, of West Valley City, passed away during a military training exercise at Fort Campbell Kentucky September 21, 2021.
Lincoln was born on April 24, 1992 in Springville, Utah to Sonia Bitter and Brian Lynn Olmstead. The family moved to Spring City, Utah in October of 1992. Lincoln was an Eagle Scout. He graduated from North Sanpete High School in Mt. Pleasant, Utah (2010) and at the same time earned his Associates Degree from Utah Valley University as a concurrent enrollment student.
He served honorably for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Joáo Pessoa, Brazil Mission (2011 – 2013).
He married Danaya Morin, daughter of Benjamin and Deann Morin of Lehi, Utah formerly of Fairview, Utah December 14, 2013 in the Salt Lake City LDS Temple. They are the proud parents of two beautiful children, Alexa Shaye (3) and Tavian Brian (1). Lincoln and Danaya attended Southern Utah University and Utah State University prior to his enlistment in the Utah Army National Guard in 2016.
He served as a Special Forces Engineer Sergeant from October 2019 with Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 19th Special Forces Group (Airborne). Lincoln loved his country and was honored to wear the Green Beret.
He was a graduate of the Survival, Evasion, Resistance, Escape (SERE) Course, Military Free Fall Course, Special Forces Sniper Course, Basic Airborne Course and was also the honor graduate for his cohort of the Special Forces Advanced Urban Combat Course.
Lincoln could make friends with anyone – even a raccoon. Something his wife would tease him about is how every retelling of meeting a new person would end with “He’s a great guy. I like him a lot!” And with Lincoln, he was sincere every single time. He always saw the best attributes in people and made them want to be more like the person he already saw them to be. His smile could stop traffic – literally. Lincoln was the kind of guy you wanted to dislike because he was so amazing at everything, but you couldn’t because you loved him so much. He was silly and enthusiastic, but also sincere and genuine. His propensity for making up ridiculous sayings just to get a reaction from people was well known. He was selfless, honorable, hardworking, and extremely motivated to be the best version of himself, carrying people along with him. He lived by the ideal of Areté, meaning he strived towards honor and excellence of every kind. His joy for life was infectious. He chose joy over skepticism, love over distrust, and faith over fear. His love for his children and his wife was evident. He filled his home with music (writing many of his own songs), dancing, and a lot of laughter.
He was born a soldier. From a very young age, he knew he wanted to be a defender of mankind. Every year as a child for Halloween he was a soldier or a knight. All he wanted was to protect people. When he learned of the Green Berets and their motto De Oppresso Liber, “to free the oppressed”, he knew that was where he belonged.
Lincoln is survived by his wife Danaya, daughter Alexa, son Tavian, his parents Brian and Sonia Olmstead of Spring City, brother JL (Ali) Olmstead of Provo, brother Clinton (Bria) Olmstead of Spring City, sister Savanna (Stefan) Mitchell of Salem, sister Velancy (Ethan) Yao of Pleasant Grove, grandmother Wendy Olmstead of Spring City, and many other family members who love and adore him.
Preceded in death by grandparents Bob and Sherry Bitter and Paul Olmstead.
Amare, Fé, Vis, Areté
Funeral services will be held Tuesday October 5th at 11:00 a.m. in the Spring City Chapel (1992 – 2021) Viewings will be held Monday October 4th from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. and Tuesday from 9:00 – 10:30 a.m. both at the Spring City Chapel. Interment in the Spring City Cemetery.