Friends organize ‘Booyah!’ ride in memoriam Braydon Nielsen; services, donation support

Braydon Neilsen, St. George, Utah | Photo by Natalie Park Photography, courtesy of Erik Sorenson

ST. GEORGE – Braydon Nielsen left behind not only a wife and four children but countless friends and family inspired by the life he lived. Friends have organized a memorial service to remember Braydon’s legacy of giving and determination to fight for the things he believed in.

Prior to services tomorrow, dozens of Braydon’s fellow triathlon competitors will ride in his memory. The ride will commence at the site of the accident at 7:15 a.m. and conclude at the LDS Chapel where services will be held. Each competitor’s bicycle will display a Booyah! decal, and each athlete will place a Booyah! body marking on their left calf in memory of Braydon. All cyclists are welcome to take part in this ride.

“Booyah!” Braydon’s favorite word, made a clear statement of his positive and motivating attitude.

Following the services, cyclists will escort the hearse for 1 mile while a Life Flight helicopter provides a fly-over.

“Braydon had such a profound impact on all of our lives,” one of the many memorial service organizers, Nichole Jones, said. “There are so many who have created this effort to give something back to a family that has given us so much and now lost so much.”

Viewing and services

Viewings will take place today at the Metcalf Mortuary, 288 W St George Blvd in St. George, from 7-9 p.m. and Saturday  at the Washington East Stake Center of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1835 Washington Fields Road in Washington, from 8:30-9:45 a.m.

Funeral services will begin at the Stake Center on Saturday at 10 a.m.

A schedule of the memorial service can be found at here.

Braydon Nielsen passed away at the age of 36 after being struck by a motorist while training on his bicycle Tuesday. He worked as a Nurse at Dixie Regional Medical Center and was also a part of the Life Flight crew. He was a dedicated father and a triathlon competitor finishing his first Ironman in June 2013. He is survived by his wife and four children.

In memoriam

A “Braydon Nielsen ‘BOOYAH’ Memorial Fund” has been set up for the family at Wells Fargo Bank. In lieu of flowers, donations are appreciated to help support his family. Additional donations can be made by purchasing merchandise at the “BOOYAH!” store here. One hundred percent of the proceeds will be donated to the Nielsen family.

UPDATED 12:15 p.m.  additional viewing options added, open invitation to cyclists.

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Braydon Neilsen, St. George, Utah | Photo by Natalie Park Photography, courtesy of Erik Sorenson
Braydon Neilsen, St. George, Utah | Photo by Natalie Park Photography, courtesy of Erik Sorenson

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  • -d September 6, 2013 at 9:27 am

    such a loss for our community. not to mention his family. as a young widow with a cold, my heart absolutely breaks for this family. there aren’t words. <3

  • what...... September 6, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    ” ‘Booyah!’ Braydon’s favorite word “.
    “Keep ’em moving Colonel. A man that eloquent has to be saved!” – Gen. George S Patton

  • Betty September 6, 2013 at 2:02 pm

    So I clicked on the schedule link. How touching, fellow cyclists will be showing their support for this man who will obviously leave a deep void in many lives. Boy was I disappointed to see “The Bishop who is presiding at the service requests those attended the funeral CHANGE THEIR CLOTHES into something more appropriate for being in the chapel.” Really? What stupid person thinks for one minute the eyes of the attendees will be on anyone but those 4-children and his grieving wife? How sad that a religious organization can be so shallow, self-centered and callous to focus on an “outfit” rather than the breaking hearts of family and loved ones that didn’t see this coming. So what if someone shows up in their SUTC gear, will they be asked to leave? What if the wife and kids showed up dressed in that fashion, would they be asked to leave?

    • biker September 7, 2013 at 9:14 am

      Betty, very well said.

    • Trish September 7, 2013 at 11:44 am

      I was a little offended by your attack on a religious leader who simply asked that the proper respect be shown for the time and occasion. Have you ever been to a church? A funeral? This is not an abnormal request in any denomination let alone “shallow,” “self-centered,” or “callous.”

      • stupid September 7, 2013 at 6:13 pm

        you think your god cares what people wear to church? keep drinking the kool aid, freak. your “religious leader” is probably a rapist and child molester.

      • Craig September 7, 2013 at 6:55 pm

        You place too much value on the cover and not enough on the contents of the book.
        God does not care, afterall, He brought us into this world naked. Take a chill pill.

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