Kieth Ellis Nielsen, our loving husband, father, grandfather and brother died September 1st, from complications following surgery.
Kieth was born October 6, 1952 in Salt Lake City, Utah to Andrew Peter and Helen Ellis Nielsen. He grew up in Magna Utah, and he loved to say that he had the best childhood anyone could have. He graduated from Weber State College in 1976, he worked at ATK Thiokol for 25 years as a Chemist and at Brigham City Community Hospital as a Medical Technologist, he retired in 2017.
Kieth married and was sealed to his high school sweetheart, Joan Welling in the Salt Lake Temple on June 6, 1974. They were blessed with four children Tyler Kieth, Bryan Jack, Jan Marie and Scott Andrew, they were then blessed with eight grandchildren, Nick, Noah, Helen, Hailey, Bryan, Liam, Emily and Abigail.
Kieth loved and respected the outdoors, he hiked many trails including the Highline Trail in the Unitah Mountains, he also road a Schwinn ten speed bicycle from Salt Lake City to Zions National Park and back with his good friends. He loved to canoe and birdwatch and was a volunteer at the Bear River Bird Refuge. He was an accomplished musician and played several instruments, he loved playing with others and he especially loved playing in the Aspen Ridge Country Band. Kieth was a woodworker and enjoyed working with and collecting hand tools.
He is survived by his wife, Joan of 45 years, three of his children Tyler (Heather) Nielsen, Jan (Dave) Holding, Scott (Andrea) Nielsen and siblings Kent Nielsen, Mark Nielsen and Kathy Refsdal. He is preceded in death by his parents, his infant son Bryan and his sister Janice Nielsen
A Funeral Service will be held Monday, September 9, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at the North Stake Center, 620 N. 300 E., Brigham City, Utah. A viewing will be held that morning from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to the Friends of the Bear River Bird Refuge.