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Chris Nielson


1946 - 2017
Chris Nielson Obituary
1946 ~ 2017
Grant Christian Nielson "Pops" taught his children and grandchildren that top runners always finish their race by leaning over the finish line giving 110%.
On Friday December 15, 2017, Pops did just that. He passed away due to cancer, in his home, surrounded by his family. He was born on March 21, 1946 in Salt Lake City Utah to Grant Christian Nielson and Frances Alameda Goodman. Raised in Southern California, he apprenticed as a camshaft machinist at the age of 15. The bleached-blonde Southern California boy married his high school sweetheart, Jeanna LaMoyne Hislop on March 23, 1968. In 1969 Pops started working for the Chevron Refinery and in 1971 Chris and Jeanna moved from Redondo Beach, CA to Farmington, UT where they raised their 5 beautiful children for the next 28 years. Pops continued his world-renowned Nielson Vintage Race Cam business while working for Chevron Refinery in North Salt Lake. He retired from Chevron in 1992. In December 1997, he fought and survived a brain aneurysm. For the past 20 years, he has lived on borrowed time to influence all 17 of his grandchildren. He is a dedicated member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, a true disciple of the Savior Jesus Christ. He was the best Dad, husband, soccer coach, and friend. He loved teaching children all the great mysteries of life and children loved his teachings. He knew a little about everything. He taught the camshaft was the heart of the engine. Pops, you are the heart of our family! Pops is survived by his beloved spouse Jeanna LaMoyne Hislop Nielson "Muppy" of nearly 50 years, their 5 children; Lezli Dea Finch (Rob) of Yakima, WA, Erinn Holly Pedersen (KG) of Cedar City, UT, Geoff LeMoyne Nielson (Kelli) of Zionsville, IN, Emily Kathleen Cahoon (Brian) of Highland, UT, and Elizabeth Anne Christensen (Leo) of Mesa, AZ and 17 grandchildren.
Funeral Services will be held Friday, December 22nd, at 11:00 am, at the Farmington Utah South Stake Center, 695 South 200 East, Farmington, Utah, where a Viewing will be held prior from 10:00 to 10:30 am. Interment in Farmington City Cemetery.
The family requests a donation to the General Mission fund on LDS.org in lieu of flowers.
Funeral Directors: Utah Valley Mortuary. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.uvfuneral.com.
Published in Salt Lake Tribune from Dec. 19 to Dec. 21, 2017
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