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Delbert Lamar Nielsen

11/13/1925 - 12/27/2014
Service Date: 01/03/2015
Service Time: 10:00 AM
Service Location: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Mesa South Stake Center, 2334 E. Pueblo Avenue, Mesa, Arizona

Delbert Lamar “Duffy” Nielsen, 89, passed away December 27, 2014 in Mesa, Arizona with his family by his side. He was born November 13, 1925 in St. Johns, Arizona. He was the 14th child of Fred and Mary (Holgate) Nielsen. As a child he never visualized his life other than being on the ranch. Duffy proudly served his country when World War II broke out. He enlisted in the Coast Guard which was under the direction of the US Navy in 1943. He was honorably discharged on November 21, 1945 at the end of the war. He joined the Naval Reserve from June 1947 through April 1955. Duffy met and married Mary Josephine Lindsey on October 25, 1946. After Mary Jo passed away in February 1983 he retired from the Mesa Police Department after 25 years of service. He then met and married Louise R. Adams, October 21, 1983.

He is survived by his wife, Louise R. Nielsen, his sister, Christeen Hall, daughters, Sandra Shaffer (Jim), Jacque Long (Jerry), and son, Del Nielsen Jr (Irene), 16 grandchildren, 30 great grandchildren, and 4 great great grandchildren.

A viewing will be held from 6-8 pm, Friday at Bunkers University Chapel, 3529 E. University Dr., Mesa. Funeral Services will be held at 10:00 am, Saturday at the Mesa South Stake Center, 2334 E Pueblo Ave., Mesa. Burial will follow at the City of Mesa Cemetery, Brown Rd. and Center.


  • Sidney Ray Madsen

    As a little girl I remember feeling safe because Officer Duffy was our neighbor across the street. He was really the best example of what a policeman is and Mesa was a better place because of people like him.

  • My husband and I would like to express our sincere sympathy to the family and friends of your beloved Delbert. Although we never knew Delbert personally we wanted to share with you comfort from Gods word found in John 5:28,29. Here we are given the wonderful hope of the resurrection of our dear loved ones here on earth just as Lazarus was in John 11. Have comfort in knowing that our Heavenly Father expresses his loving compassion for us when someone we love dies. (Psalm 34:18). Share your memories with those who surround you, for the memories that are shared, are the ones truly the ones cherished. May they bring you peace and joy to your hearts as you begin to heal. Take care of yourselves and each other during this very difficult time.

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