George Nordeen Blau died at Logan Regional Hospital on April 5, 2023, from complications resulting from pneumonia. He was 94 years old.
Nordeen was born on December 30, 1928, in Thatcher, Arizona to his parents George and Leeta Blau. George was serving a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints when Nordeen was born. Soon after George returned from serving his mission, the family moved to Leoti Kansas where Nordeen lived until he was in the second grade. The family then bought a farm on Hollow Road near Nibley, Utah and relocated there.
Nordeen attended Lincoln Elementary School and South Cache High School. After his high school years, he met his future wife and sweetheart, Connie Alice Peterson in Nibley, Utah. In 1949, Nordeen was called to serve a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to serve in Montana, North Dakota, and Minnesota. Soon before he left to serve his mission, he asked Connie on a date. They corresponded during the two years he was gone and in 1950 Nordeen sent Connie a diamond ring in a letter asking her to marry him. She said yes. When he returned from his mission, they went on one more date in 1951 and set a date for their marriage, which occurred on June 13, 1951.
In 1952 Nordeen was drafted to serve in the Marine Corps. He was assigned to serve as a field radio technician in a training detachment in Southern California. Connie lived with her parents and waited to join Nordeen as soon as possible. They were united once again in 1953 and were together until Connie’s death in 2019. Nordeen and Connie made their home in Nibley, Utah where they lived their entire lives together.
Nordeen was a farmer as well as a butcher. Later in life he worked as a maintenance engineer in a milk products plant where he retired.
Nordeen is survived by his sister, DeeAnna Beck and brother-in-Law, Milton Beck, his brother, Jan Blau, sisters-in-law, Shirley Blau, Barbara Blau, and Elaine Peterson, his children and their spouses, Brad and Lynda Blau, Cindy and Steve Peterson, Deno Blau and Micala Jensen, Colin and Nanette Blau, Teena and Brett Judd, Odell and Kim Lopez, and Tammy and Farrell Peterson. He currently has 96 descendants. He knew each of his family members by name and had a personal relationship with each one.
A funeral service will be held at 2:00 PM on Saturday, April 15, 2023 in the Nibley 3rd Ward Chapel, 3701 S 450 W, Nibley, UT. A viewing will take place prior to the funeral service from 12:30 to 1:30 PM at the church house. Interment will be at the Millville-Nibley Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Humanitarian Relief fund.
The funeral service may be viewed via Zoom at: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/85982174886