A. Jay Poulson, 87, Richfield, passed away June 4, 2020, in Tooele. He was born Jan. 1, 1933, to Arthur Lynn and Elva Torgersen Poulson, in Elsinore.
He graduated from Richfield High School in 1951. He participated in many sports, but excelled in track. He ran track in high school, at B.A.C. (now Southern Utah University), Utah State University and in the Army, where he received many awards and medals for running the low-hurdles, 100-yard dash, 220-yard dash and relays. He came to be known as “Golden Legs” because of his athletic abilities.
A. Jay served in the United States Army during the Korean War and was stationed in Japan.
He knew the definition of hard work. He was involved in all aspects of the grocery business. He owned and operated Poulson’s Inc., as a wholesaler, serving small communities in southern Utah. He later owned two “Country Stores” in Monroe and Aurora.
A. Jay had many hobbies including bowling, golfing, fishing, hunting, gardening, scuba diving, writing books and spending time with family and friends.
He was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and enjoyed the many callings he served in.
A. Jay married Anna Vee Nordfors June 3, 1953, in the Manti temple (later divorced). He married Melinda Brewer Dec. 28, 1994. She preceded him in death May 5, 2019.
A. Jay is survived by his children, Robert Poulson, Georgia; Teresa (Donnie) Risher, Alpine; Rick (Karen) Poulson, Richfield; Trina (Rob) Thomas, Saratoga Springs; Traci (Dale) Egbert, West Haven; Terri (Blaine) Chynoweth, Grantsville; Melinda’s children, Dillan (Jessica) Hutchings, Richfield; Weston (Tanya) Hutchings, Monroe; Michelle (Troy) Christensen, Richfield; and Cory (Jennifer) Hutchings, Central Valley; 22 grandchildren and 33 great-grandchildren; and siblings, Louise Bindrup and Ray Lynn Poulson.
He was preceded in death by his parents; granddaughter, Nicole Risher; and great-granddaughter, McKenna Paskett.
Graveside services will be held today, June 11, at 1 p.m., in the Monroe City Cemetery with military honors. Friends may call Thursday at the Magleby Mortuary from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Online guestbook and live streaming can be found at maglebymortuary.com under A. Jay’s obituary.
Funeral directors, Magleby Mortuary, Richfield, Salina and Manti.