Glen Allen Paulsen passed away Thursday, September 5, 2013, in American Fork, Utah. Glen was 87 years old. Glen was born to Ephraim and Catherine Paulsen in Lewiston, Idaho on December 2nd, 1925.
Glen grew up learning the value of hard work farming with his family in Idaho. When Glen was 17, he joined the U.S. Navy to fight in World War II. After the war, he stayed in the Navy and went on to fight in the Korean and Vietnam wars. He saw plenty of action while serving, including kamikaze attacks and raiding enemy "pill boxes" behind enemy lines. Glen served on the USS Haskell, the carrier ship USS Bon Homme and several other Naval vessels during his years in the Navy.
Glen was trained as a diesel mechanic, and went on to be trained as an electronics mechanic. He received numerous commendations including a presidential commendation for work he did while in Washington DC. He achieved the rank of Chief Petty Officer. While in the service, Glen married Dorothy Killpack, of Driggs, Idaho, October 14, 1955.
Together they raised six children while Glen served in the Navy in various cities, eventually settling in San Diego, Calif. When Glen retired from active service, he worked in the civil service at the North Island Naval Air Station in San Diego for another 20 years.
Glen taught his children the value of hard work and was an example of service to everyone. He loved gardening, beekeeping, woodworking and was skilled in so many ways. Glen was raised in a disciplined home, learned discipline in the Navy and kept his own home in a very disciplined fashion. He loved to share his passions and his skills by volunteering as a mentor for troubled youth and a job counselor for adults. He was always willing to help and serve others and often did so when it was not convenient.
When Glen retired from the civil service in 1988, he and Dorothy moved to Grants Pass, Ore. During the twenty years Glen and Dorothy lived there, they served several full time and part time missions for the LDS church. Glen had served in numerous capacities in the church throughout his life and was a faithful and devout member of the LDS Church. Glen and Dorothy spent time travelling to see their grandchildren and spent many summers enjoying extended visits from them in Oregon.
Glen is survived by his six children; Martin, of Temecula, Calif., Calvin, of Gig Harbor, Wash., Joy, of West Bountiful, Utah, Kimo, of Heber City, Utah, Stanley of Provo, Utah, and Bernice, of Boise, Idaho; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He is also survived by two of his eight siblings, Wennie, of Idaho Falls, Idaho, and Rex of Sequim, Wash. Glen was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy, September 16, 2008.
A graveside service with full military honors will be held at the Veterans Memorial Park at Camp Williams in Bluffdale, Utah at 2:00 p.m., Friday, September 13, 2013.