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Gavin Edward Nielson

June 8, 2003 — August 23, 2022

Gavin Nielson
Cedar City, Utah

Gavin Edward Nielson, 19, passed away August 23, 2022 in St. George, Utah.  He was born on June 8, 2003, in Richfield, to Jenni King and Edward Rulon Nielson.

Those who knew him best knew that Gavin couldn’t navigate the world in the same way most of us do. He struggled with many things other people take for granted every day. Most noticeably, he couldn’t talk. But Gavin spoke with his heart, with his smile, his infectious laugh and his gentle hands.

Gavin inspired others to try harder. By seeing him work hard to overcome his own challenges, it reminded others to work harder as well. He taught those of us who spent time with him about our strengths and gifts in this way. He took joy in simple things like spending time with his mom and his dogs. He loved being outside and watching fish, bugs and birds. He was fascinated with nature, water, sunlight and wind. He loved sweet treats and celebrating the holidays. Everything Disney made Gavin happy and enjoyed all kinds of music. Not only did he like to listen, but he loved the vibration of a strong bass feeling, as well as hearing the music from his head to his toes. Where many of us see the world around us, Gavin felt it with his whole being.

Gavin showed us what it is to be strong, because strength is not just found in being the biggest, the toughest or the fastest. Strength is found in one who keeps on going, keeps trying, day after day, even when the path is endlessly uphill. Gavin’s success wasn’t always big and flashy but a succession of small victories made him a hero to those who knew him best. He was an example of perseverance and inner strength.

Gavin’s best friend and advocate was his mom, Jenni, whom he loved with all his heart. Through the tough times, through adversity and challenges and pain, she stood by his side, always finding ways to help him learn and enjoy life to the fullest.

Ultimately life is fragile and someday, all too soon, we must say goodbye. Gavin shined bright only for a short time yet touched the lives of so many. We both mourn the loss of his life and celebrate the life he led and the lessons he gave us. He was a gift, in all the ways he taught us about life and love, for all the ways he taught us to be better, and for all the love he gave while he was here with us.

Gavin survived by his mom, Jenni King; dad, Edward (Nicole) Nielson; half-siblings: Jagger Nielson, Jaxton Nielson, Jerzee Nielson; grandfathers: Tom King, Ward Nielson; great-grandmother, Valeria King; and was survived my many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Proceeded in death by: grandmothers: Maxine Nielson, Ireta Howes King; great-grandmother,  Elizabeth Lemmon Nielson; great-grandfather, Eugene King.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, August 27, 2022 at 12:00 Noon in the Richfield 10th Ward Chapel, 700 West 200 South, where friends may call from 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. Burial will be in the Richfield City Cemetery.  Funeral Directors: Magleby Mortuary, Richfield, Salina and Manti. Online guestbook at

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to @EdwardNielson (venmo account) or Magleby Mortuary to assist with funeral expenses.

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