Donald P. Nielsen
Donald Paul Nielsen went to be with his Savior. Don was born 26 Jan 1931 to Viggo and Harriet (Willemsen) Nielsen in Los Angeles CA. He died Monday, 05 Dec 2011 at his Whatcom County Everson home surrounded by loved ones. Don came to Whatcom County in 1943 with his family where they had a farm in the South Pass area. He graduated from the old Nooksack Grade School and from Nooksack Valley High School in 1951. Don was active in Future Farmer's of America, choir, and Pep Club where he enjoyed being a Cheer King for the Pioneers. He also served in the Air Force National Guard Reserves in 1949-1950.
On 18 Nov 1950 Don married Shirley Yvonne Fuller, his childhood sweetheart and the love of his life. They lived in Glendale CA before returning to the Everson and Sumas area in 1953. The family developed a dairy farm of registered and grade, high producing, Holsteins. In 1973 they developed another farm in the Lawrence area, raising Simmental and Red Angus beef cattle before raising row crops.
Don loved his Lord, his family and the land. He was very happy caring for his surroundings. Every day was a gift he was grateful for and his word was his bond. He was very passionate about some things and always enjoyed a good debate! The past two years he was deeply involved in grandson Daniel's basketball games, traveling to Grandview WA many times. He was affectionately known as 'Grandpa Greyhound' and was a proud member of the Grandview Greyhound Basketball Fraternity.
Preceding Don were his grandparents, his parents, his in-laws Joseph and Frieda Mathes Fuller, brother-in-law Jerald E Fuller, plus aunts, uncles and cousins.
Surviving him are his wife, Shirley; daughter Barbara Ann Nielsen Myhre (Kenneth) of Sumas WA; daughter VickiJo Nielsen Lootens (John) of Everson WA; son Russell Paul Nielsen of Bellingham WA. Sister Harriet Ann (Penny Nielsen) Howlett (Dr Jeffrey Howlett) of Everson; nephews Shawn Van Dyken (Jannette) and Gregory Van Dyken (Tami) Tori, Taylor and Ty Van Dyken all of Lynden WA.
Grandchildren are Lance Lootens (Connie) of Ferndale WA; LeslieJo Lootens Hoefer (Michael J) of Everson WA; Robb Myhre (Deborah) of Everson WA; Scott Myhre (Karin) of Nooksack WA; Heather Myhre Sosaya (Mario) of Marysville WA; Amber Myhre Dykstra (Tyler) of Lynden WA; Kristofer Nielsen (Adriana) of Mabton WA; Richard Nielsen of Bellingham WA and Daniel Nielsen of Bellingham WA.
Great-grandchildren are Taylor and Daulton Lootens of Lynden WA; Tanner and Bailey Larsen of Ferndale WA; Jolena and Lincoln Hoefer of Everson WA; Trevon, Tanner and Madison Myhre of Everson WA; Kylee, Taryn and Tyler Myhre of Nooksack WA; Nathan and Gabrielle Sosaya of Marysville WA and Emily Nielsen of Mabton WA, plus numerous cousins and friends.
Also surviving is Darrel VanWeerdhuizen (Betsy) of Everson WA and their sons, Travis, Grant Donald and Chase. Don has been 'Poppa Don' to them forever.
There will not be any service at Don's request. A private family gathering will be held at a later date to celebrate his life. In lieu of flowers, please send memorials to Sumas Advent Christian Church PO Box 10 c/o Clothesline Ministry Sumas WA 98295 or to Hospice Community Program 2800 Douglas Ave Bellingham WA 98225 or to your favorite charity.