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Obituary: Paul Guthrie Neilson

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Paul Guthrie Neilson 1938 ~ 2005 Paul was born March 15, 1938 in Hardin, Montana to E. Owen Neilson and Olive Guthrie. Paul's mother passed away in childbirth and he was raised by his father and Velda Allphin Neilson, his other mother. Paul died unexpectedly in his sleep in San Pedro, CA., on July 11,2005 of heart failure. Paul was preceded in death by his parents and Jonathan Rothe, his life partner of twenty-three years Paul served a West Spanish American Mission in Southern California and Mexico. He attended BYU and Utah State. Paul loved: Jonathan, family, books, mountains, learning, beautiful art and music, making friends, theater, automobiles (though he never owned a fancy one), languages, plays on words, movies, good food, coffee, hiking, philosophy, brunch, surprising people and a good loud sneeze. He was a friend to all, a consummate artist, a wonderful pianist, a professional and creative art framer and calligrapher. A much-loved brother, uncle and friend, he is survived by his brother, Van Neilson (Nancy), and sisters, Kay Johnson (David), Carol Slaughter (Duane), Dawna Kenworthy (Don), and Laurie Vertner (Mike), and cherished family and friends. Please join us in a celebration of his life held on Saturday, August 13, 10:30 a.m. at the Pioneer Hall, 1200 West 7800 So., West Jordan, Utah.