Bryan Clark Nilsen passed away in the early morning of May 9, 2018 in Sandy, Utah from complications of ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease). When Bryan announced his diagnosis to friends and family, he said, “I’ve committed to greet my future, however long that may be, with all the gusto, enthusiasm and humor I can.” He lived up to this promise. He bought a house and became engaged to Kristin Sperry. They planned to marry on May 12, 2018 in the Salt Lake Temple. Bryan is survived by his siblings Susan (Bob) Walsh of Willow Creek, CA; Harold Nilsen of Sandy, UT; and Craig Nilsen (Rocio) of Longmont, CO. He is also survived by his nieces and nephews: Savanna Nilsen of San Francisco, CA; Austin (Jillian) Walsh of Menlo Park, CA; Celeste McCabe (Joshua) of American Fork, UT; Crystal Hernandez (Arturo) of Provo, UT; Alise Nilsen of Orem, UT; Marcos Nilsen Galaz of Rexburg, ID; Kyle Nilsen of Brasila, Brazil; Jeremia Nilsen of Longmont, CO; and Alejandra Nilsen of Longmont, CO. Numerous cousins and other relatives were very important to him. Bryan was preceded in death by his parents, Harold and Loraine Nilsen. Bryan was born on April 5, 1954 to Harold and Loraine Nilsen in Crescent City, Del Norte County, California. He graduated from Brigham Young University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Management in 1979. He continued on to receive a Master’s Degree in Information Technology from American Intercontinental University in 1999. Bryan was an analyst/programmer for the State of Utah Department of Education until he could no longer work. Before this, he lived in Okinawa, Japan as a Computer Science instructor for the University of Maryland instructing Marines. He served a full time LDS mission to Uruguay from 1973-1975. He was very involved with LDS Singles in Salt Lake Valley for many years, including a calling as Sunday School President in the Holladay 26th Ward. He served as a mentor for the Big Brother Big Sisters of Utah for more than 5 years. Bryan was devoted to his family and would attend every important holiday and event. He can be seen in family videos dancing at Christmas and New Years or in various pictures of birthdays, graduations, or ordinations. There was always a card in the mail for birthdays and graduations – and even some Valentine’s, St Patrick’s and Ground Hog Days. He was known as “Uncle Hot Gum” because he would share his cinnamon gum with his nieces and nephews. He produced a Benson Family Book and a Life History “Bryan’s Song” written to his mother. If you wanted to know where someone in the family line was born, how people were related, or anything else he was the person to go to. He enjoyed visiting relatives in the country of Norway and had on his bucket to return. Services will be held at 11 am in the Holladay 26th Ward Chapel at 4601 S. Chapel Drive (2565 E.), Salt Lake City, UT – with the viewing 9:30-10:45 am prior. Burial services immediately following in Sandy, UT.
Our most sincere sympathies to the family and friends of Bryan Clark Nilsen April 5 1954 May 9 2018 (age 64). SereniCare Funeral Home -Cache Valley
Death notice for the town of: Logan, state: Utah