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Obituary: Frank Augustus Nelson Jr.

Frank Augustus Nelson Jr.


It is with our deepest sorrow that we mourn the passing of our father, Frank A. Nelson Jr., who passed peacefully at his home on October 27, 2007 to return to his father in heaven and be reunited with his family in the next life.Frank was born to Frank A. Nelson and Edna Mae Jensen in Sandy, Utah where he attended Midvale middle school and later graduated from Jordan High. Frank loved sports and played basketball for Snyde Taylor at Jordan High School where he was an all-state athlete. He attended the University of Utah where he was a walk on and started on the guard line and frequently told stories of playing against Wyoming and the excitement of that particular game. Frank loved the U and attended many games and loved to sing, "A Utah Man Am I."

On March 15, 1944 Frank married the love of his life and the "salt of the earth" Mary Jean Gordon in Salt Lake City, Utah. They had five children. Linda Butler, Rhio Ahlin, Rick Nelson, Robert Nelson, and Cidnie Sundloff (Steve) all of Salt Lake. frank served in the U.S. Army as a second lieutenant in World War II and taught hand-to-hand combat in Ft. Benning, Georgia. He later went to work in Murray, Utah at Walker Bank as a teller. He subsequently started Murray State Bank, United Bank and was owner and President of other banks in Utah. A true entrepreneur, Frank loved the banking industry and was the past president of the Utah Bankers Association in 1968. His accomplishments were many. He loved people and helping people in need. He was a true philanthropist and loved a cause. Frank was involved in various businesses and many companies such as Strategic Medical Research, EMDEKO, Marco Polo, to name a few.

Frank leaves behind Mary Jean, his wife of 64 years, his five children, and many grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Frank was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and believed very strongly in the teachings and the principles of the church. He taught many classes as a high priest group leader. He loved the church and the Lord deeply. Frank was very involved in community affairs with the Lions Club and Kiwanis Club and offered himself to helping others. Frank was a legend to not only his family but to the people of Utah as an example of kindness and hard work. He was always singing songs and telling stories of when he grew up and of his father working at the smelter, cutting meat in Midvale, and of his brothers and sister and the times they shared. Frank taught us lessons of hard work, honesty, and the blessing of family and friends. Our deepest thanks goes out to all those who helped dad in his final hours. Thanks to Heartwood Hospice that cared for his well being.

Dad filled our days with the hope of tomorrow, the joys of today, and the sweet memories of the past. We will miss him dearly.

We will celebrate his life with funeral services to be held on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2007 at 12 noon at the Mt. Olympus 8th Ward, located at 4176 S. Adonis Drive (4010 East) SLC Utah. A viewing will be held prior to the service between 10:30-11:30. Funeral arrangements are provided by Larkin Sunset Gardens, where our father will be laid to rest.