Staff Sgt. Paul Lincoln Olmstead laid to rest in Spring City

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SPRING CITY, Sanpete County — Utah said goodbye to a hero Tuesday as Staff Sgt. Paul Lincoln Olmstead was laid to rest in his hometown.

The community gathered along Main Street in Spring City to remember someone they watched grow up, who gave the ultimate sacrifice.

Olmstead, 29, leaves behind a wife and two children.

He died during a water training exercise in Kentucky on Sept. 21. The Utah National Guard said Olmstead was a trained professional and fully committed to his country.

During the funeral services, he was remembered for living fully and loving everyone he met.

Those who watched Olmstead grow up said news of his death was devastating.

"It's what we don't want, but we know when we allow our sons to go — encourage our sons to go — we know that it's a chance," said Donald Walker, a Spring City resident.

Olmstead graduated from North Sanpete High School in 2010 and was an Eagle Scout. In his obituary, it said he was a born soldier and knew from a young age that he wanted to protect people.

"I talked with some of his unit last night at the viewing and Lincoln walked on water," said Walker. "That unit is hurting because Lincoln was their shining star. Lincoln was awesome. He could do everything. He was amazing."

Talented in everything he did and missed by his family, friends and fellow soldiers.

Gov. Spencer Cox, who is from the area and knows the Olmstead family, spoke at the funeral, saying that on behalf of all of Utah, our hearts are broken and our state is mourning together.


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