Nolan Otto Schultz, one of the last of the “Greatest Generation”, passed away at the age of 98 on Sunday, January 21, 2024. Nolan, the middle of three, was born January 12, 1926, on the farm in West Weber to Alice Steed and Herman Otto Schultz.
Nolan grew-up on a farm during the Great Depression. He always had food to eat, and he learned to be very thrifty, he could fix just about anything. His mantra was “waste not, want not.”
One on his favorite diversions from farm work was when Uncle Lee would come in some mornings and whisper, “let’s go fishing” in his ear before he was awake. It is said that Nolan never moved so fast as when he heard those magic words enter his ears from his uncle. Nolan loved the outdoors. He loved hunting, fishing, and gardening and could always be found outside. He was an avid dry fly fisherman, a skill he learned from Uncle Lee. He was very close to Uncle Lee and his cousins. Nolan especially loved fishing out on the Little Lost River in Howe, Idaho with Uncle Lee, and his family. A tradition of a fishing summer vacation on the Little Lost was established. Nolan and his family looked forward to going out to the Little Lost to fish and spend time with his cousins and their families along with the Waymire family on whose land they camped and fished.
Nolan enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1944. He served in a Carrier Aircraft Service Unit (CASU) and on the destroyer USS Taussig in the Pacific Theater of Operations during World War II. Upon his return from the war Nolan learned the tile trade from Uncle Lee. He eventually went out on his own and became self-employed. He owned and operated the Ogden Tile Company for over 40 years. It was a trade that served him well and provided for his family. After closing his own shop, he continued to teach others the tile trade at the Job Corps in Clearfield, UT.
He married Donna Ruth “Ruthie” Slater on February 9, 1956 in their home in Ogden, Utah.
Nolan and Ruthie raised two children together, Mark and Susan Schultz.
Nolan bought a “little piece of heaven” on Beaver Creek in 1968. Some of his greatest joys were playing in the campfire and cutting firewood. Nolan was very active right up until the end. He was loved by anyone who knew or made his acquaintance.
Nolan is survived by his son, Mark and his daughter-in-law LeAnne; his three grandchildren, Paul (Liliana) Schultz, Marilee (Ali) Goljahmofrad and Amy (Dave) Hopkins; as well as eight great-grandchildren who love and will miss him dearly.
The family is especially grateful for the great neighbors he had for the 68 years he lived in his home and for their watching out for him.
Graveside services will be held on Friday, February 2, 2024, at 11 a.m. at the Farmington City Cemetery. Friends may visit with family on Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Lindquist’s Ogden Mortuary, 3408 Washington Blvd.