Anthony (Tony) Guy Nielson passed away at his home in Herriman, Utah on December 15, 2022. \n\nAnthony was born in American Fork on July 23, 1981 to Doug Nielson and Joni Wootton. From his childhood until he graduated high school, Anthony lived in Alpine. He always had a special place in his heart for his hometown, and had warm memories of growing up with many cousins and friends. He graduated from American Fork High School as a Sterling Scholar in Computer Science. \n\nIn high school, Anthony played the tuba as part of the American Fork Marching Band. One of the highlights of his life was his time as the band’s drum major when it marched in the Rose Bowl Parade during his senior year. Later, he performed with the 2002 Winter Olympics Spirit Band. For many years, Anthony continued playing his tuba with the Wasatch Winds Symphonic Band.\n\nAnthony received his Bachelor’s Degree from Utah Valley University in computer science. Later, he earned an MBA from BYU’s Marriott School of Business. He put his education to work as a data scientist for Zions Bank and later AltaBank. His contagious laugh and penchant for practical jokes led to many deep and lasting friendships.\n\nOutside of work, Anthony loved learning new things, especially if he could do it through travel and adventure. He traveled internationally to Europe and Australia. His “local” travels took him to Hawaii, Alaska, the Pacific Northwest, and to many places in between.\n\nAnthony also loved working in his yard. In the six years since purchasing his home, he turned a vanilla suburban yard into a beautiful outdoor sanctuary, complete with a second-story deck, outdoor kitchen and towering playfort among fruit trees and rose bushes.\n\nFor seventeen years, the partner in Anthony’s grand adventures was his dear wife Annie (Park). Anthony and Annie met in high school, dated in college and continued as sweethearts since their marriage in 2005. They added a daughter (Victoria Joy) and a son (Joseph Franklin) to their lives as they built a home and family together. \n\nTrying to summarize his life and influence, we would simply say he was continually pursuing excellence. Excellence in his career, excellence in his music, excellence in home and yard, excellence in his friendships, excellence in loving his wife and children, and excellence at creating an anything but ordinary life.\n\nAnthony left us all too soon. He is survived by his wife Annie, children Victoria and Joseph, parents Doug Nielson and Joni Wootton, sisters Melina and Celysse, grandparents Victor and Joanne Palmer, nieces, nephews, cousins, and a host of friends. He left us each with wonderful memories.\n\nFuneral services for Anthony will be on Friday, January 6th at the LDS chapel located at 5623 West Mirabella Drive, in Herriman, Utah. A viewing will be at 9:30-10:30 am that morning, with the service beginning at 11:00pm. Internment will be at the Herriman City cemetery later that day. Funeral arrangements are by Jenkins-Soffe Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider a memorial donation to either the National Association for Music Education (nafme.org) or to Prevent Child Abuse Utah (pcautah.org).