Jan. 25, 1926 ~ Aug. 6, 2014|
Harold Neil Andersen born January 25, 1926 in Monroe, Utah to Ernest V. and Elna Christensen Andersen peacefully passed away August 6, 2014. Married Murial Elaine Orser April 16, 1960 in Great Falls, Montana. Sealed in the Salt Lake temple May 1964.
Survived by his children; Christian Andersen (Michele), Karen Tomkinson (Doug), Tracey Conder (Diane), grandchildren; Erik Andersen, Aubri Fugitt (Tom), Nate Strand, Jon Tomkinson (Becca), Dana Blackham (Kevin), Erin Hansen, Andrea Hansen, Christy Morgan (Chase) and 11 great-grandchildren.
Neil was a veteran of the US Navy and was proud to have served his country and continued to be civically involved in the community. Neil attended Willamette University in Salem, Oregon and earned his BS in Zoology and MS in Secondary Education from the University of Utah. Neil and Murial moved to Salt Lake in May 1962 from Great Falls, Montana, when Neil became the Administrator of Granger Medical Center, a post he held for 26 years. Neil was a remarkable man who was continually learning by reading; his library of books filled rooms in our house. He always encouraged everyone to continually gain knowledge and books were always the gift he chose to give. He was a key factor while he was serving as a West Jordan City Councilman in bringing the Salt Lake County Library to West Jordan that was located on 7800 South. After retirement, he volunteered at Westland Elementary helping to teach literacy to the students. He read history, politics, economics, world affairs, anything but fiction. Neil loved his family with a passion, particularly his "true love" of 54 years, Murial. They were inseparable and dedicated to making each other happy and healthy. Their love was unequaled. He adored his children and grandchildren and was so proud of them. Neil chose to donate his body to the University of Utah to help further student education. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the scholarship fund of your choice in his name.
He requested that no services to be held, a private Celebration of Life memorial will be held at a date and place to be announced. The family would like to express special thanks and love to Dr. Carole Baraldi for her loving care and hugs, the hospice staff of Community Nursing Services; QZ, Michelle, Camille, Trisha, Gail and Jake. They made Neil's final days so much easier and comforting and he loved them all.
Published in Deseret News on Aug. 10, 2014