Jay Nielsen

Jay Lamb Nielsen

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Jay Lamb Nielsen was called home to his loving Heavenly Father on Oct. 21, 2020 after a long
battle with cancer and chronic illness. His loved ones were with him at the end and provided
him with loving support and care.
Jay was born on January 27, 1933 in Warren Utah to Floyd T. and Libbie Lamb Nielsen. Jay
was the youngest of 6 children. He attended Weber High School and graduated in 1951 then
went on to serve in the U.S. Navy from 1952-1956 where he served on the U.S.S. Hancock
during the Korean War. Jay’s time in the Navy taught him the values of hard work, resilience,
and patriotism. He had a great love for his country and served his communities in any capacity
that he could in order to facilitate the freedom and patriotism that he so dearly valued.
While still serving in the Navy Jay met Lillian Atkinson and the two were married for time and all
eternity on June 3, 1954 in the Logan, Utah temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day
Saints. Over the next 10 years they were blessed with four children; Alan, Darwin, Michael, and
Teresa. Jay loved his family and endeavored to be a strong example of hard work and
He attended Utah State University and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in 1962. While he
was in college he worked as an insurance underwriter where he gained an affinity for financial
matters and continued to work in the banking industry for much of his life.
After graduation his family moved to Twin Falls where he worked for Utah Mortgage Loan. In
1966 he moved to Albion and took a job as President of D.L.Evans bank. In Albion he was
active in both civic and professional committees; serving on City Council as well as multiple
Bankers Associations, Chamber of Commerce, and the Cassia Memorial Hospital Board of
After his time with D.L. Evans, he became President and CEO of the Treasure Valley Bank in
Fruitland, Idaho. Jay and Lillian eventually returned to Twin Falls where he took on the role of
being a Commissioner for the Idaho Commission of Pardons from 1992-1998 and from
2005-2013. He also served as development director for the Boy Scouts of America.
He loved the gospel of Jesus Christ and strived to serve the Lord. He served in Bishopbrics,
Stake Presidencies, and various other callings within the church. Additionally, he and Lillian
served a mission in the Las Vegas West Mission from 1998-1999. He tried to exemplify
Christlike qualities and share his love of the gospel with others.
In his spare time Jay enjoyed farming; he could often be seen driving around on his Ford
tractors. In his younger years he raised cattle and used his strong work ethic to teach his
children the value of “getting their hands dirty”. He also loved to watch professional sports and
would cheer for the teams that he loved.
Jay is survived by: his wife of 66 years, Lillian Nielsen. Alan (Darla) Nielsen of Burley, ID.
Darwin (Laurie) Nielsen of Elwood, UT. Michael (Shawna) Nielsen of Twin Falls ID. Teresa
(Val) Darrington of Declo, ID. He is also survived by 20 grandchildren and 42 great
grandchildren with 2 on the way.
The family would like to thank St. Luke Hospice for their continued loving care of our Dad and
also thank our mother Lillian for her devoted care to our Father. He was interred at Sunset
Memorial Park in Twin Falls.
Services were previously held and were under the direction of White-Reynolds Funeral Chapel. You may still leave your condolences for the family at
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  • Interment

    Saturday, October 24th, 2020 |
    Saturday, October 24th, 2020
    Sunset Memorial Park
    2296 Kimberly Road
    Twin Falls, Idaho 83301
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Jana Darrington

Posted at 07:04pm
Dear Nielsen family,
We send our deepest sympathy and much love to you as you grieve the loss of your husband and father. Jay was a good man and we have wonderful memories of his great smile and the interest he took in others. It’s been a while since we’ve seen him, but we always enjoyed being around him throughout the years. We’ve reflected a little on some of our memories and want you to know of our respect and appreciation of this good man. May you find peace and comfort in the weeks ahead.
Sincerely, Tim and Jana Darrington

Julia Nielsen

Posted at 03:41am
I love you grandpa! I have always felt loved and accepted by you and grandma as one of your own! I love you both SO much! I will always treasure the fond memories made in your home, first as a young married couple coming for over nighters and then later bringing my children to enjoy such a loving place ❤ Being so far away at a time like this is so hard, but we love you so much! Grandma, we're praying for you daily.

LaRee Hollibaugh

Posted at 05:43pm
I wanted to let Lillian and your family know I'M sorry for your loss. I lost my mom in May. I'm so glad we know we will see our loved ones again. What a great reunion they both have had with their loved ones on the other side. Bless you Lillian at this time. Hope to see you sometime in the future. Love you LaRee Hollibaugh

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