Richard Roland Nielsen, 65 passed away in the comfort of his home in Mesa, AZ surrounded by his wife, and family.
Rick was born April 6, 1956 in Mesa, AZ to Roland and Charlene Nielsen. Rick was the 4th child born right in the middle of six sisters, who he remained close to his entire life.
Rick’s childhood was filled with adventure, sports, fun, and jokes with the neighborhood 7th street gang who remained close with him until the end. Rick graduated in 1974 from Westwood High where he held records in pole vaulting for 7 years.
Rick will be remembered for his funny faces, infectious laugh and his heart of gold. His sisters never once heard him raise his voice. He was always gentle, kind, and patient. Rick was a loyal, hard-working employee for Foxworth-Gailbraith for over 25 years, and just recently retired.
He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Vicki, and his first wife, Lisa. He is survived by his wife Stephanie, his stepdaughter Makayla Powell, and his grandson “Little Fella“ Caden. Rick is also survived by his stepchildren from his marriage to Lisa: Katy (Gilbert) Shupe, Zach and Thomas Whitney and five grandsons: Owen, Dean, Charlie, Tyler and Wyatt. Also survived by five sisters: Carolyn (David, deceased) Smith, Paula (Tracy) Olson, Janice (Charlie) Standage, Tammy (Curtis) Swanson, Melody (Steven) Rowley, and many nieces and nephews who loved him dearly.
Viewing will be held Friday, September 17, 2021 at 6:00-8:00 PM at Bunkers Garden Chapel. 33 North Centennial Way in Mesa, Arizona. Additional viewing will be held Saturday, September 18, 2021 at 9:00 AM at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 933 East Brown Road in Mesa, Arizona. Funeral Service to follow on Saturday morning at the same location.
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