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Obituary: Herbert H. (Herb) Nakken

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Herbert H. (Herb) Nakken 1933 ~ 2005 Herb Nakken, beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend passed away Sunday morning, Aug. 7, 2005 in his home in New Harmony, Ut of respiratory failure. He was 71. He was born November 27, 1933 in Salt Lake City to Herman and Katherine Nakken. Raised in Salt Lake City, he graduated from West High School where he was First Team All-State in football and set the State Discus record. He was later inducted into the West High Hall of Fame. He graduated from the University of Utah with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business. While at the "U", he played football and was named to numerous All-American and All-Conference teams. He was selected to represent the Skyline Conference in the East-West Shrine game, the College All-star game and the Senior Bowl. Upon graduation from the University, he was commissioned as an officer in the United State Marine Corps. and served two years in Quantico, Virginia and Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. He played football for the Marines and was First Team All-Marine. He was employed by Ford Motor Company District Office in Salt Lake City for 10 years. In 1969, he and his family moved to Cedar City where he and his brother, George initially owned and operated Parkway Ford. After 30 years, Herb retired and his sons now own and operate this business. Herb was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served in various Priesthood callings, as well as a gospel doctrine instructor, and as a counselor in a bishopric. His greatest joy was serving as an ordinance worker in the St. George Temple with his wife until his illness made him unable to continue. Herb's illness kept him from doing many things in his later years such as fly-fishing and enjoying the beauties of nature, but he takes with him special memories of fishing and hunting with his sons, his brother and several close friends. He was appreciative of the many close associations that touched his life. He married his high school sweetheart, Janet Margetts, on June 8, 1956 in the Salt Lake Temple. During their 49 years of marriage, they had 6 children: David (Stephanie), Bruce (DeAnn), Dr. Robert (Sydney) and Brian (Cassie) all of Cedar City; Suzanne (Jeff) Whetman, Orlando Florida, and Jennifer (Chip) Childs of St. George. He is survived by his wife, Janet, his six children and their spouses and 21 grandchildren. His joy was his wonderful family whom he loved very much. He also had many friends who offered their love and kindness to him over the years. Also, by a brother, George (Lorraine) Nakken of Provo. Preceded in death by his parents, a brother Herman and a baby sister. In lieu of flowers, Herb and the family suggests donations be made to the Perpetual Education Fund of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. A special thank you to all of you for your loving care especially Dr. Hendrix, Dr. Saifee and Dr. Alfaro, Vicki at Horizon Home Health and Marjorie, Chuck, Connie and Brother Graff at Hospice Alliance. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, August 11, 2005 at 11:00 a.m. in the New Harmony LDS Chapel, New Harmony, UT. Friends and family may visit Wednesday evening, August 10, 2005 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Southern Utah Mortuary, Cedar City, UT and Thursday morning from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the New Harmony Church. Interment will be in the New Harmony Cemetery.