Obituary: Lanny Nielsen
– September 17, 2022
Even at the ripe old age of 86, Lanny Nielsen’s passing on September 17, 2022 came much too soon. He was a charming, funny, sweet and immensely talented man who made friends with everyone he met. No one had more stories to tell, or enjoyed telling them more. And the countless people who loved him all have stories about him that will continue to be told for many years.
Lanny was born in Preston, Idaho and raised in Blackfoot, where he was a star athlete in most every sport. Golf, however, was his passion, first as a player at BYU, then as a professional and PGA Tour player, then as Asst. Pro at Hidden Valley, head professional at Wasatch Mountain State Park and the first Director of Golf at Jeremy Ranch. And starting in 1991, he even began contributing to the development of golf video games for Access Software and then Microsoft.
Lanny’s contributions to Jeremy Ranch were a source of great pride. He developed close relationships with Gerald Bagley, the course’s founder, as well as architects Arnold Palmer and Ed Seay, while the course was in the development stages. Through the 1980’s, he was the Tournment Director of The Shootout, a PGA Tour event hosted at Jeremy.
The other love of Lanny’s life was Claudia Cummings, who he married in 1984 and always said was “out of his league”. Claudia shared Lanny’s passion for both golf and having a good time. They bought a home on Jeremy Ranch and turned it into a beautiful, magical gathering place for friends, and both of them making sure everyone was having fun. As Lee Benson, their long time friend once said, “Lanny’s real talent is kicking back. His greatest achievement was collecting friends. He had a gift of putting everyone at ease and making them feel important. He lived a life of tranquilty.”
Anyone who had the pleasure of knowing Lanny would say he was one of a kind and there will never be another like him.
Lanny’s Celebration of Life will be at Jeremy Ranch CC Tues Sept 27th 3pm til 7pm. Please dress in casual golf attire.
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