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Obituary: Neil L. Davidson

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Neil L. Davidson died Sunday, January 6, 2002, at home in Salt Lake City, after a very long and painful battle with multiple myeloma cancer.

Neil was born Feb. 1, 1941, in Salt Lake City, Utah, to Willard and Edna Davidson. He graduated from Olympus High School and the University of Utah. He married Margaret Orme, March 19, 1965, in the Salt Lake Temple. Neil Davidson was a master gardener with an eye for art; he was constantly creating things unique and beautiful, as was evident in the beautiful flower gardens he designed and built for a loyal clientele who looked forward each year to the beauty he would create at their homes. Neil spent more than 30 years of his life in dedicated service to young men in athletic and outdoor activities. He loved to teach people how to ski. For more than 25 years he was active in Salt Lake County Fast Pitch Softball Competition Leagues as a player and coach. He is fondly remembered by many as being a significant, positive, and turning influence in their lives. Neil was an avid fisherman; he loved to fish the Duchesne River near

Tabiona, Utah.

Neil was also a master builder, who enjoyed building and working with his father and sons. His teaching and influence in building and gardening is evident in the love of both which is being carried on by his sons. During his construction years, Neil was intimately involved in the supervision and/or construction of many significant buildings and projects in Utah and Wyoming.

He served the LDS Church as a missionary in the Eastern Atlantic States Mission. Neil Davidson is survived by his wife of 36 years, Margaret, and by his four children and their spouses: Matt and Nancy Davidson, Erin and Scott Newsome, Adam and Misty

Davidson, and Greg and Leslie Davidson, all of Salt Lake City. He is also survived by his mother Edna

Davidson, and by brothers and sisters: Dawn Stewart, Lynn and Rebecca

Davidson of Salt Lake City; Merrill Davidson, Los Angeles, CA; and

Dianne and Lynn Stewart, Henderson, NV; and seven wonderful grandchildren who adored him: Alexis, Conner, Miranda, Elsa, Aidan, Charlie, and Calvin.

Services will be held at 12 noon, Thursday, January 10, 2002, at the Monument Park 10th Ward, 1930 South 2100 East, Salt Lake City, Utah. Friends and family may call, from 6-8 p.m., Wednesday, January 9, 2002 at Larkin Sunset Lawn, 2350 East 1300 South, and on Thursday one hour before the service at the Church. Interment will be at Larkin Sunset Gardens Cemetery, 1950 East 10600 South, Sandy, Utah.

The family wishes to express their profound appreciation and gratitude for the compassionate and professional care given to Neil by Dr.

William Reilly and his associates and to the marvelous nurses and staff at the 8th Floor Cancer Center at LDS Hospital.