Russell Douglas Nielson

Aug. 11, 1975 – Jan. 19, 2019

Russell Douglas Nielson, 43, passed away Jan. 19, 2019. He was born Aug. 11, 1975, in Murray, Utah, to Douglas Boyd and Julia Davis Nielson, and was raised in Bloomington, Utah. He married Joanna Leary Nielson on June 7, 1997, in the St. George Temple.

Russell was an Eagle Scout. He graduated from Pine View High School in 1993. He was recognized for his scholastic excellence and his athletic ability. His senior year, he received the Athlete of the Year Award for excelling in baseball, football and basketball.

Russell served a mission in Manchester, England. He loved his mission and touched so many lives and had a great influence on so many. He met the love of his life and future wife, Joanna, who was also serving in the same mission. Russell continued on to the University of Utah and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in finance.

Russell went on to work in the family business, where he was the president and CEO of St. George Truss Company. He enjoyed working with a great office staff and those who worked in the yard. He loved his work.

Russell and Joanna were blessed with seven beautiful children. He was so proud of them and would rave about them to everyone he met. He so cherished his time with his family. He was the best dad in the entire world and his children were his best friends and he was theirs.

One of his many special gifts was to make his family and friends laugh. He wanted everyone around him to be happy and was always finding ways to help those in need. He was always kind and was extremely unselfish. We cannot begin to count all of the good deeds Russell has done for others throughout his life. There is not a more compassionate, loving, thoughtful and kind son, husband, father and brother than our Russell.

Russell absolutely loved coaching his KAOS Softball team and loved all of the girls, especially two of his daughters that played, Britain and Kiara. He cherished all the memories he made with his softball studs and the many notes he received from them. Softball was his passion. He was always so supportive and positive to his team.

Russell was a lifelong Chicago Cubs and Chicago Bears fan and raised his kids to be too. Russ, Britain and Kiara had recently attended the Cubs winning the World Series in 2016 and they loved every second of it.

Russell was preceded in death by his loving grandparents Boyd and Thelma Nielson, Rulon and Elizabeth Davis, and his brother Brian Boyd Nielson. He is survived by his beautiful wife Joanna Nielson; his beloved kids Britain, Kiara, McKenna, Brookelyn, Braxton, Rigdon and Jaeger; his adoring parents Douglas and Julia Nielson; his loving sisters Lindsay Nielson, Heather (Max) Smith, Tamara (Todd) Jones and Michelle Nielson.  

Funeral services

  • Funeral service will be held Saturday, Jan. 26, at 2 p.m. at the Northbridge Ward, 1080 W. Arlington St., Washington, Utah,
  • Visitations will be held Friday, Jan. 25, from 6-8 p.m. at Metcalf Mortuary, 288 W. St. George Blvd., St. George, Utah, and prior to service, from 12:30-1:30 p.m. at the church.
  • Interment will be Monday, Jan. 28, at 1 p.m. at the Holladay Memorial Park Cemetery.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Metcalf Mortuary, 435-673-4221.

For condolences, full obituary and funeral listings please visit Metcalf Mortuary online.

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