AJO, Ariz. - Nicholas (Nick) Darren Greenig passed away on Tuesday, March 14, 2006, in the Ajo-Arizona Desert while on duty as a U.S. Border Patrol Agent.
Nick was born 2-20-78, in Sheridan, Wyo. His family moved to Laurel, Mont., shortly after his birth, where he spent his early years in the Laurel schools until his sophomore year at which time he attended YVCS in Laurel. At the age of 17, he moved to Provo, Utah, and attended Utah Valley State College from which he graduated as valedictorian of the Criminal Justice Program. During this time, Nick supported himself and paid for his education by working. He was recruited by the U.S. Border Patrol, attended their academy in South Carolina, and again, graduated with high honors. At this time, he was assigned to the Ajo Station, located in Arizona. His employment as an agent was marked with progress and promotions unusual for a new recruit. Nick loved being a Border Patrol Agent; and he excelled in his performance of duty, in his maturity, in his loyalty to his nation, and his love of family. He had an abiding testimony of and faith in the divinity of Jesus Christ which was powerful and noted by all who knew him.
Nick was sensitive to children, especially his nine nieces and two nephews who adored him and will miss him, as will we all. We rejoice because of Nick's goodness and are pained beyond belief because we cannot hear his voice and his laugh. Yet we know he is Home with so many who love him now as we do.
He is preceded in death by all of his grandparents, an uncle, an aunt, and five cousins. He is survived by his parents, Dwayne and Darla Greenig of Rockvale; his brother, Rob (Pam) of Idaho Falls, Idaho, children, Jennifer, Robert, Caitlin, Brian; his brother, Dan (Kaylene) of Rockvale, children, Saje, Tana, Natalie; his sister, Lisa Walker (Patrick) of Billings, children, Emily, Rachel, Brooke, Sommer; and his brother, Brad (Laura) of Minneapolis, Minn. "Our precious son and brother, we already long to be with you and are comforted that we absolutely will be in the future."
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. on Thursday, March 23, at the LDS Church, 2929 Belvedere, Billings, with a reception beginning at 9 a.m. Visitation/memorial at Smith Funeral Chapel, Laurel, at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 22. Interment will be at the Laurel Cemetery with full U.S. Border Patrol Honors.
Published by Billings Gazette on Mar. 19, 2006.