John Nielson (1937-2010) May he Rest In Peace

My father died today.  We had known for a while that something was not quite right with his blood, and recently found out that it was leukemia.  Apparently a very acute type.

My father spent his entire career teaching Geography at Ricks College, along with several religious classes.  He served for nine years in the Presidency of the Rexburg Idaho North Stake, along with many other callings.  He served a mission in Australia as a young man, and served another mission in Kenya recently with my mom.  He had six children.

He contributed a few posts to this blog.  He compared Mormonism to Taoism here, wrote about the atonement as a process here, and made a lengthy comparison between the gospel and chess here.  He even had an article published in Dialogue about Christ’s World Government here.

My father was an excellent example of faithfulness and duty to his family and to the church.  The older I get, it seems the more I become like him.  I will miss him very much.  My firm belief in the resurrection and the eternal nature of the family gives me great comfort.

‘Til we meet again, dad.

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12 Responses to “John Nielson (1937-2010) May he Rest In Peace”


  1. 1 Chris H. May 16, 2010 at 5:38 pm

    Eric,

    I didn’t know your father, though I observed him from a distance as a student. He was a man of integrity. I am glad that I could meet him at SMPT.

  2. 2 Chris H. May 16, 2010 at 5:42 pm

    Also, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  3. 4 C Jones May 16, 2010 at 6:10 pm

    Oh Eric, I’m so very sorry to hear this. The example of a faithful father is a priceless blessing. My prayers are with you and your family, and with your mother.

  4. 5 John Barger May 16, 2010 at 9:23 pm

    Eric – I had not heard this news before discovering it here; please accept my heartfelt condolences. I regret I will not be able to attend the funeral, as I’m in Florida on business, but I will contact your mother.

    Your parents were extraordinary missionaries, and my wife and I loved serving with them. Your father was unflappable in some pretty challenging circumstances. I hope I’m becoming more like him, too.

  5. 6 Mark Brown May 16, 2010 at 10:52 pm

    Eric, please accept my condolences.

    May your faith and the memories of your father sustain you in the weeks to come.

  6. 7 J. Stapley May 17, 2010 at 11:41 am

    Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord. Peace be with you and your family, Eric.

  7. 8 Ardis E. Parshall May 17, 2010 at 12:22 pm

    Best wishes, Eric. I think the finest tribute that can be paid to a father is what you have said about your becoming more and more like him.

  8. 10 Stephen M (ethesis) May 17, 2010 at 10:36 pm

    Bless your heart. My father and mother served in Kenya as well, though a while back, my father died last year.

  9. 11 Michelle May 18, 2010 at 2:05 am

    Beautiful tribute. I’m sorry for your loss. That and the simple strength of your testimony brought tears to my eyes. May God bless you and your family at this tender time.

  10. 12 SmallAxe May 18, 2010 at 9:13 am

    Great tribute. My prayers are with you and your family.


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