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.
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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