Donald Vernon Nielsen, 54, died suddenly at his home in Lehi Monday, October 8, 1990.

Born May 7, 1936 in Chesterfield, Idaho, a son of Vernon Kokoed and Ruby Moser Nielsen. The family moved to Lehi, where Don attended elementary school, graduating from Lehi High School in 1954. He attended Brigham Young University, University of Utah and Utah State University, graduating with a Master's Degree. He was a member of the Utah National Guard, retiring in December, 1989. On March 18, 1959 he married his class sweetheart, Marilyn Anderson in the Salt Lake Temple, after completing a 2 1/2 year mission in the Swiss Austrian Mission. Six sons and two daughters were born to them. An active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, he served in various positions including a bishop's counselor and bishop of the Lehi First Ward. He loved music, gardening and sports and especially his family. He was very appreciated by his family and associates as a concerned and considerate husband, father, grandfather and educator.Surviving members of his family include his wife, Marilyn, sons, James, American Fork; Evan, Arizona; Kris, West Valley; John, Lehi; Mark, serving an LDS Mission in Arizona; Mathew, Lehi; daughters, Donalyn Ford, Lehi; Maria Shane, California; mother, Ruby N. Lee, Orem; brother, Lynn M., Lehi; sisters, Arlene Lewis, Oregon; Carol Zimmerman, Lehi; 13 grandchildren; preceded in death by his father, Vernon K. Nielsen, in 1967.

Funeral services will be held Friday, October 12, 1990 at 1 p.m. in the Wing Mortuary Chapel, 118 East Main, Lehi, where friends may call Thursday 7-9 p.m. and Friday 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Burial: Lehi City Cemetery.

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