Isaac Paulsen

1986 ~ 2023

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Isaac Stewart Quilter Paulsen, 36, of Holladay, Utah, passed away on February 27, 2023. He was surrounded by his family in his home after a courageous battle with brain cancer.

Isaac was born to Stewart and Annette on November 27, 1986, in Salt Lake City, Utah. Growing up, he had an insatiable curiosity and eagerness to understand the world around him. Isaac loved spending time outside and taking his friends on adventures, whether it was playing a new board game or exploring the outdoors. He graduated from Olympus High School. Isaac served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Houston, Texas. He then continued his studies at the University of Utah, receiving his B.S. in exercise physiology. He met his wife Megan while in college and they were married in the Salt Lake Temple on September 26, 2009.

While working at the University of Utah Hospital, Isaac taught himself how to code and cultivated a passion for computer programming. He transitioned his career into web development and data engineering. Isaac worked in web marketing at Instructure and later moved to Rhone, where he became Vice President of Data and Technology. During his time in data management, he established his own IT services and consulting company, Ridge Made. Isaac was a lifelong learner with a constant desire to build and invent new things. Some of his creations include swimming goggles for triathletes, 3D printing belay glasses, heated chalk bags for climbers, and mobile apps.

Isaac loved to ski, mountain bike, wakeboard, water ski, longboard, snowboard, and take their dog Frannie on long Onewheel runs. He had a knack for building and was a self-taught engineer. One of his latest projects was to restore an airstream for his wife and kids. Isaac loved and adored his kids. He patiently encouraged them to ask questions and explore their surroundings, instilling in them the value of curiosity and the joy of discovering new things. Even in his grown years, building Legos remained a favorite pastime of his and a hobby he could share with his kids.

Isaac was always sociable and outgoing with everyone he met, which allowed him to cultivate wide circles of friends throughout his life. He had an infectious laugh and humorous disposition that brought joy and light to those around him. Isaac always looked for opportunities to make people smile through his inherent goofiness and childlike playfulness.

Although we are heartbroken by his loss, we take comfort in knowing that Isaac lived a meaningful life filled with love and learning. He touched the hearts of everyone he met with his kindness, his enthusiasm, and his unwavering commitment to his family. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him.

He is survived by his wife, Megan Elizabeth Paulsen, and their four children: Daphne Elizabeth Paulsen, Raleigh Stewart Paulsen, Ruth Ellen Paulsen, and Iris June Paulsen. Also survived by his mother, Annette Paulsen, and his siblings: Angie (Rob) Plowgian, Josh (Amy) Paulsen, Adrienne (Mike) Babbitt, Cara (Steve) Lyon, Abby, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Stewart Bergstedt Paulsen, and his father-in-law, Michael Paul Osterloh.

A celebration of Isaac’s life will be held on Saturday, March 4, 2023, from 11:00-12:00 pm at the Holladay Stake Center (4568 Holladay Blvd E, Holladay, UT 84117). Viewings will be held on Friday evening, March 3, 2023, from 6:00-8:00 pm and Saturday morning prior to services from 9:30-10:45 am at the Holladay Stake Center (4568 Holladay Blvd E, Holladay, UT 84117). Internment: Larking Sunset Gardens. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations go towards future support for their kids via Venmo (@mosterloh9).

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Mama Adrienne and family, many hugs and prayers coming your way on the loss of your loved one.

- Sherry Foot

My heart is with you and your dear girls, Megan. May your little family and your big family and all who love Isaac, somehow be blessed with strength and comfort.

With much love!
Laura and family

- Laura Chandler and Family

We send are condolences to you and your family and prayers for you as well.The Barrett Family

- Joseph Hyrum Barrett

We are so very sorry for your loss! You are in our hearts and our prayers now and always!

- Craig and Staci Newman

Hi Meg and kids , just like speaker at Isaac's funeral said he is here in spirit ! I'm praying for your healing strength and Peace . My girlfriend is too . You have our deepest condolences .Love

- Rick Chase