Jordan Duaine Nielson left this earth on July 29, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. in the Utah Valley Regional Hospital in Provo, Utah. He was diagnosed with cancer only 10 days earlier. He passed away surrounded by family with his Donald Duck hat on his head and a flashlight in his hand.
Jordan was born on April 5, 1986 in Ogden, Utah, to parents Duaine Aaron Nielson and Karen Derricott Nielson. He exhibited signs of autism from a young age, and he never lost his child-like sense of wonder. Jordan loved life, and his genuine joy and enthusiasm touched all those around him.
Jordan had many accomplishments, hobbies, and interests. He participated in Cub Scouts, where he earned the rank of Bobcat. He bowled in the Special Olympics. In 2007 he graduated from Bethel High School in Spanaway, Washington. Jordan was instinctively drawn to mechanical devices, especially fans, lights, and gears. He brought this passion to his jobs, including working as a construction assistant to his father and a quality control inspector in a bullet factory in Tacoma, Washington.
Surviving family members include Jordan’s loving father and mother, Duaine and Karen, five brothers, Aaron, Adam, Nick, Alex, and Clint, two sisters-in-law, Laura and Makayla, one nephew, Grant, and three nieces, Jane, Elizabeth, and Violet. He also leaves behind many aunts, uncles, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Lloyd and Cindy Nielson and Lloyd and Venna Derricott. Jordan is buried next to his maternal grandparents at the Georgetown Cemetery in Georgetown, Idaho.