Nolan Neilsen, 1952 ~ 2013
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Nolan Ray Neilsen was born Jan. 4, 1952, in Roosevelt, Utah. He grew up in the Uintah Basin in eastern Utah and served in the U.S. Navy after finishing high school. Following his service in the Navy, he spent his life working in the oil fields and construction in the Uintah Basin, followed by a number of years in Evanston, Wyo.; and then spent the past 20 years in Moab working for Henderson Builders.

Nolan enjoyed the outdoors and especially hunting and fishing with his friends. He was a kind soul who always had a smile on his face and a big heart that made everyone he met feel like a friend.

Nolan passed away peacefully at his home on Dec. 21, 2013.

He was preceded in death by his father, Woodrow Wilson Neilsen.

He is survived by his mother, Rachel Henderson of Roosevelt; his children, Kirk (Emily) Neilsen of Sand Creek, Wis., Rae Ann (Randy) Bernat of Casper, Wyo., and Larry (Joani) Neilsen of Magna, Utah. He also had nine grandchildren. He is also survived by his siblings, Kathy Scott, Diana (Leonard) Mecham, Brent Neilsen, Sue Ann (Lex) Smith, Chuck (Debbie) Henderson and Jeff (Carol) Henderson; and many nieces and nephews.

Nolan’s easygoing personality and loving heart will be missed by all who knew him.

Services will be held in Moab on Friday, Dec. 27 at 10 a.m. at Spanish Valley Mortuary, 386 North 100 West, and on Saturday, Dec. 28 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 400 E. Lagoon St., in Roosevelt, Utah, at 11 a.m. Burial will follow at the Roosevelt Memorial Cemetery.

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