Anton Lamont Nielsen, a local inventor, died Sept. 30 at LDS Hospital of cancer. He was 87.
He was born Jan. 6, 1901, in Draper. He attended schools locally and graduated from the University of Utah in 1926 in electrical engineering. From there, Mr. Nielsen went to work for General Electric in New York. He later worked for Pittsburgh Crucible Steel and aided in the development of an electro-tinplating process, which is used in production of tin cans.Mr. Nielsen also worked as chief engineer for Thomas Steel in Ohio. He returned to Salt Lake City in 1949 and established Fitt Design and Manufacturing Co. Most of his inventions dealt with food processes.
He held U.S. patents for eight of his inventions and was granted the most recent one - for part of a lollipop-making machine - within the past year.
Mr. Nielsen, a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, held several leadership positions. He served as branch president in Youngstown, Ohio, and Sharon, Pa., and as bishop of the Rosecrest Ward in Salt Lake City. He also was an ordinance worker in the Salt Lake Temple for 20 years.
He was a member of the Sons of the Utah Pioneers, Twin Peaks chapter.
Services are scheduled Tuesday at noon in the Rosecrest Ward chapel, 3101 S. 23rd East. Friends may call at 260 E. South Temple Monday from 6 to 8 p.m. Burial will be in the Draper city cemetery.