Eddie Gilbert Mickelsen
Published in The Spectrum & Daily News from September 25 to September 26, 2012
Eddie Gilbert Mickelsen, better known as "Fast Ed" passed away on September 17, 2012 at his home in Washington, Utah. He was born on November 13, 1957 to Errol Christian and Dalla Violet Jorgensen Mickelsen. He was their pride and joy from the day he was born. Fast Ed graduated from North Sevier High School where he was an amazing athlete who excelled in every sport. He went to Snow College to play baseball for the Badgers and went on to play for the New York Yankees, a first for his small town.
He moved home to marry his high school sweetheart, Tracy Johnson, they later divorced. Together they had two beautiful daughters that he was proud of and loved very much. They gave him 6 wonderful grandchildren that put a sparkle in his eye.
Ed worked for Wheeler Machinery from the day the doors opened in Salina. He loved his job and swore that he would bleed "Cat Yellow" until the day he died. As a part time job he ran the family farm.
He married Loralee Henrie Jensen on December 11, 1999 in Las Vegas, NV. They made their home in Washington, Utah and he continued to work for Wheelers.
Ed's favorite pastime was playing golf with his old Salina friends, his nephews, and his new St. George friends. It was something that he looked forward to every week.
Ed was a tough guy who loved to rough you up, who would do anything to help out a friend, who cried when he talked about how much he loved his family, and always had a story to tell. He will be remembered and missed by those who loved him dearly.
He is survived by his wife, Loralee; his daughters K'Brina (Ryan) Colby and Britania Mattinson; step-children: Shara (Brandon) Olsen and Zack (Kara) Jensen; his grandchildren: Aniston, Emerson, and Easton Colby, Jaxon, Dylan, and Xander Eddie Mattinson, Tyzack and Madison Olsen, and Elladee Jensen; and his sisters Melanie (Robert) Burr, Erolyn (John) Albrecht, and M'Shele (Larry) Shaheen; and many friends.
A celebration of his life will be held on September 27th, 2012 at the North Sevier Recreation Center, 373 West 400 North, Salina Utah from 5 to 8 pm. In lieu of flowers, we ask that you donate to an account set up in his name at Zions Bank, to be given to the NS Rec. Center, where his grandkids participate in sports all year.