Donald William Nilsson "Heathen" Beloved husband, father, son, brother, grandfather, uncle and friend passed away peacefully at his home with his family by his side. Born July 22, 1960 to Donald Wayne Nilsson and Carole Nilsson, he was one of five boys. He married Thelma Smith and had three girls and one boy. Don was a hardworking, sincere, dependable, humorous, loving father, husband, son, brother, and friend. He was a man of many words but will always be remembered for making us laugh. He will be deeply and dearly missed. He is survived by wife, Thelma Nilsson; father, Wayne Nilsson; mother, Carole Nilsson; daughters, Trisha Jolene Nilsson (Brian Watson); Angel Marie; Amy (Josh) Hamilton; son, Jerimiah; grandchildren, Wyatt and Abbigale Watson; Joshua, Dallas, and Allexi Hamilton; brothers, Doug (Ranee) Nilsson; Stephen (Nizz) Nilsson; mother-in-law, Helenbeth Smith; and many lifelong friends. Preceded in death by brothers, Michael and Kyle Nilsson. The family wishes to thank Dr. Jane MacPherson and Dr. Richard Brown, and all the nurses and staff at Salt Lake Hospice, especially Anne Martineau. Anne, we can't thank you enough; you were a tremendous help. You are a loving, wonderful, outgoing, beautiful person. May God bless you and your wonderful family. Funeral services Saturday, March 8, 2003, at 9 a.m. at Goff Mortuary, 8090 So. State, where friends may call Friday 6-8 p.m. Interment, Loa Cemetery.
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Published in Deseret News on Mar. 5, 2003.