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Gordon Everett Nielson

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  • Name Gordon Everett Nielson 
    Born 17 Jun 1917  Ramah, McKinley, New Mexico, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Initiatory (LDS) 24 Aug 1942  SLAKE Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 8 Dec 1985  Provo, Utah, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried 12 Dec 1985  Logan, Cache, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
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    Person ID I182  mytree
    Last Modified 21 Sep 2014 

    Father Frihoff Ellis Nielson,   b. 3 Aug 1893, Ramah, McKinley, New Mexico, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 May 1974, Phoenix, Maricopa, Arizona, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years) 
    Mother Marta Almeda Nelson,   b. 22 Feb 1894, Preston, Franklin, Idaho, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 May 1945, San Xavier, Pima, Arizona, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 51 years) 
    Married 5 Jun 1914  Logan, Cache, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Marriage: Western States Marriage Index, 1809-2011, Utah, Select Marriages, 1887-1966
    Family ID F83  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Arlene King,   b. 5 Oct 1919, Buist, Oneida, Idaho, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Aug 1968, Upland, San Bernardino, California, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 48 years) 
    Married 18 Mar 1942  Tucson, Pima, Arizona, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 11 Aug 2019 
    Family ID F189  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 17 Jun 1917 - Ramah, McKinley, New Mexico, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 18 Mar 1942 - Tucson, Pima, Arizona, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsInitiatory (LDS) - 24 Aug 1942 - SLAKE Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 8 Dec 1985 - Provo, Utah, Utah, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 12 Dec 1985 - Logan, Cache, Utah, United States Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • Some of the most meaningful memories I have of my dad, Gordon Everett Nielson, are those involving his providing medical care to friends, family, and even complete strangers, in very unlikely places.
      From my early childhood, while we were living in a home on the beach in Laie, Hawaii, I remember there being a knock on the door at some point in the evening. I know it was after Dad had already spent the day in his small clinic there in Laie, and that it was after dark, although I don't have any recollection of what time it actually was. (And this was not an isolated, one-time occurrence.) At the door were a couple of members of a local Polynesian family. They were in need of medical care and although there were medical services available at a small hospital in a nearby town, everyone in the village knew, and expected that, Dad would take care of them and make them well. He was "their" doctor. One evening I remember that as the evening progressed, others kept showing up and at a time that was well past my bed-time, the "lanai" (our covered patio), was crowded with residents of the community and their families, being taken care of by Doc Nielson.
      Dad had a "call bag" that he took everywhere with him. Sometimes you will still see a doctor that has a call bag, but they're typically just little bags, no bigger than a medium-sized women's purse. Dad's call bag was enormous, like a small suitcase, probably weighing 15 pounds or more. Whenever he left home for more than just a short time, particularly if he was going out of town, he carried that with him. I remember many times while growing up at home, helping him go through the contents, making sure all the medications and supplies were fresh and refilled. Dad had the capacity, with that call bag, to even perform minor surgery or care for a heart attack patient.
      I've seen him, and even helped him, do both. Even on vacations such as when visiting the Mayan ruins at Tikal in Guatemala; or while on the island of Roatan off the coast of Honduras; or when on hunting trips as in the malpai country near Bagdad, Arizona...Dad was providing medical care and relief to those who needed it, just because he could........and because that's what his heart told him to do.