Glenn Nielsen

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Glenn E. Nielsen (May 26, 1903 – Oct. 19, 1998) was the founder of Husky Refining Company, now Husky Energy. He was nicknamed "Mr. Asphalt" because of his efforts to expand the use of asphalt in roads.[1]

Nielsen was born in Aetna, Alberta, Canada and raised in Cardston, Alberta. He graduated from Raymond Agricultural College and served missions for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in England and California in the 1920s. Nielsen received his bachelors in economics from the University of Alberta.

He began his involvement in the oil industry in 1938. After moving to the United States, Nielsen became a US citisen.

In 1966 Nielsen became the chairman of the Business-Industry Political Action Committee.

Nielsen was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS). He served as president of the Big Horn Stake based in Cody, Wyoming for several years. In 1969 he became the director of Brigham Young University's development office. From 1973-1977 Nielsen served as president of the Washington D.C. Mission of the LDS Church. Nielsen also served as a Regional Representative of the 12, and was a stake patriarch at the time of his death.

Nielsen married Olive Wood in the Cardston Alberta Temple in 1928. They had three daughters.



  1. ^ Ney York Times obituary, 5 November 1998