This story began when one determined little spirit worked diligently to bring two unlikely people together so he could be born on the sunny spring afternoon of March 23, 1989, to Steve and Terry Ann Olsen. He was the sweetest chubby-cheeked little boy with giant brown eyes, and instantly he became our buddy. Being the baby of the family, he brought a new spark to our lives. He became the glue that bonded our blended family, which already included sisters Holly, Heidi, and Whitney.\n\nFrom the time he could hold a pencil, he loved to draw. He turned every post-it note stack he could find into little flip cartoons. Because there were few things that held his attention for long, he would turn to doodling. He loved the Peanuts cartoon strips and would often copy them. One day Steve told him he should create his own comic strip characters, as Peanuts was someone elses. Taking his dads advice, he began to draw a strip about his adventures with his beloved Black Lab, Dallas. Dallas was Danes constant companion and brother for 11 years.\n\nHis imaginative mind made parent-teacher conferences very entertaining. We would get filled in on all the stories Dane would make up, like pulling the tail of a shark, and that the famous Olsen twins were his cousins. He would also tell his friends he had a twin brother, Dillon who lived in Las Vegas. He always asked me why didn't you born me a brother? We have binders full of short stories that Dane wrote over the years, including a book about skateboarding.\n\nWhen Dane was a little boy, Steve got a seat for the back of his bicycle and would ride with Dane all over in it. From the back seat, Dane would shout out directions as he knew the way to Gramma Olsens house in Provo. When he was seven or eight he took skiing lessons at Sundance and would ski with his father afterwards these were favorite times for both of them. As he got older, with the influence of his sisters, he developed interests in music, skateboarding, and snowboarding. He grew taller than his parents and all of his sisters, turning out to be a very handsome 6'4'' young man. He approached all of his endeavors in life with a genuine curiosity that was awesome to witness. He was always up for anything fun, anytime, day or night. Having to wait for things or plan ahead, though, was pure torture for Dane.\n\nOn November 17, 2006, he was seriously injured in an ATV accident that nearly cost him his right leg. He was in the hospital through Thanksgiving and we brought our turkey dinner to the room to eat with him. We were so impressed by his bravery throughout the many surgeries and extreme pain he endured. It was in the hospital that we got our first glimpse of the size and range of his circle of friends. They would pack his hospital room, bringing games to play and pizza to eat. Even teachers and the hall monitors (who knew Dane well!) came to visit. But it was this life changing accident that was the beginning of an eight year struggle with an addiction that hijacked his life and stole our beautifully creative and wonderfully intelligent Dane.\n\nWe lost our amazing son, brother, and friend to a drug overdose on Sunday November 23, 2014, and we hope that this will be an eye-opener for all friends and families who struggle with addiction. You never think it will happen to you.\n\nDane was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. He graduated from Lone Peak High School in 2007 and attended SLCC. Dane made friends everywhere he went, and we all mourn this untimely loss.\n\nIn addition to his parents, Dane is survived by sisters Holly (Shane) Williams, Heidi Hull, Whitney Kelson, nieces Maison, Addi, Haidon Williams and London Workman, grandmothers Dorothy Olsen and Joyce Fawcett, many aunts and uncles, and many, many cousins. He had a special bond with his cousin Ryan Hartman,and some dear friends who were his extended family. He is preceded in death by Grandfathers Reid Olsen and Richard Fawcett.\n\nHis light has burned out here on earth, but a brighter star now shines from the heavens. Love you buddy. Its never gonna be the same.\n\nIn consideration for this time of year and Danes big heart, in lieu of flowers,please leave a little more generous tip for those who serve you, contribute to Sub-for-Santa or donate to a cause of your choosing.\n\nBecause of Danes wishes to be cremated, a casual Memorial Service and celebration of his life will be held at Olpin Family Mortuary, 494 South 300 East, Pleasant Grove, Utah, on Saturday December 6, 2014. Visitation at 2 pm and service at 3 pm.\n\nYou can leave messages on Danes Facebook tribute page and at www.olpinmortuary.com. We would love hearing of the memories you had with him.\n\nCondolences may be sent to the family at www.olpinmortuary.com.