1926 ~ 2015
the evening of December 9, 2015, our loving sweetheart and
daddy passed peacefully away due to complications of liver
cancer (Cancer Sucks!). He joins his beloved mom and dad
and great grandson Bret.
Jay was born August 29, 1926 in Malad, Idaho to Leland
Mark and Mary Thorpe Nielsen. He was raised in Malad until
age 14 when the family moved to Ogden, Utah. He joined the
US Navy in 1944 serving on the USS Matanikau which was an
aircraft carrier that trained pilots. He was aboard ship
in Tokyo Bay when the armistice was signed.
He was an avid Jazz fan and attended the first Utah Jazz
game in the Salt Palace.
In 1950, he married Norma Hipwell and became Daddy to Cheryl
Lynne and Linda Lee. He met the love of his life Toni Pugmire
in 1982 and they thoroughly enjoyed travelling the world.
Daddy enjoyed “supervising” the building of
the Conference Center from his balcony at Zion’s Summit
Our dad loved his grandchildren and is survived by Michelle,
Kathy, Jamee and Danny. He also loved Toni’s grandson,
Ryan, and her 5 great grandchildren. He is also survived
by 14 great grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren.
He was pretty proud to have lived to have 5 generations
The family would like to sincerely thank First Choice Hospice
for their tender service to Jay and Toni, and to the Orchard
Ward at Liberty Grove in Pleasant Grove.
Graveside services will be held Saturday, December 12,
2015 at 2:00 pm at the American Fork City Cemetery, 600
North Center Street, American Fork, Utah. Family and friends
may call from 1:00 to 1:45 pm at the Warenski Funeral Home,
1776 North 900 East, American Fork, Utah.