Donald Ray Neilson

Donald Ray NeilsonNovember 19, 1935—March 27, 2016

Our beloved husband, father, and grandfather Donald Ray Neilson passed away peacefully in his home surrounded by his family on March 27, 2016, in Cedar City, Utah, at the age of 80. He was born November 16, 1935, to Israel Taylor and Eva Dennett Neilson in Cedar City, Utah. Ray graduated from Cedar High School in 1955. He married his sweetheart Karen Baudino on September 12, 1969. Their marriage was later solemnized in the St. George LDS temple.

Ray was a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints where he held many callings within the church. He was a shining example of Christ-like love to everyone he knew. His faith and devotion in Christ exemplified the principles he taught and will be carried on through his prosperity for years to come. He loved spending time with his family going on vacations or camping and fishing. You mentioned the word “go” and he was ready and willing. His favorite pastime was fishing and his favorite place to fish was Duck Creek. He also enjoyed hanging out at the Neilson’s Ranch.  Ray worked for Cedar City Products, retiring in 1990. Even though retired, he held many jobs to keep himself busy. He loved to go for walks and visit with people in the community. He made many friends while on his walking adventures and was a wonderful “Main Street Greeter.”

Ray is survived by his wife; sister, Arlene Mora of Las Vegas, Nevada; children, Debra Cahoon (Kent) of Washington, Utah; Curtis Neilson (LeighAnn) of Cedar City, Utah; Alicia Payne (Luke) of Cedar City, Utah; two children from a previous marriage, Tammy and DonRay Neilson; ten grandchildren and one great-grandchild on the way.

He is preceded in death by his parents, five sisters and an infant son.

Funeral Services

  • Thursday, March 31, 2016 at 11 a.m. at Southern Utah Mortuary (190 N. 300 West, Cedar City, Utah).
  • Viewing will be held Wednesday evening, March 30, from 6-8:00 p.m. at the mortuary. A viewing will be held Thursday morning, March 31, from 9:30-10:30 a.m. prior to the funeral, also at the mortuary.
  • Interment will be in the Cedar City Cemetery under the direction of Southern Utah Mortuary.

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