Justin "JD" Nylen

Justin "JD" Nylen

SOUTH PORTLAND, ME- Justin Nylen, 34, ended his yearlong battle with brain cancer, while in his wife’s arms at their home in South Portland, ME on March 12, 2019.

Justin was born in Westerly, RI the son of Michael Nylen and Sue Muller Nylen.  He attended the Norwich Free Academy in Norwich, CT, graduating in 2002.  He later received a degree in Environmental Policy and Geology from the University of Maine Farmington in 2006.  He fatefully met his wife, Mary (Lambert) Nylen at a Red Sox game in Tampa, FL on September 22, 2007.  The two quickly ran away to Salt Lake City, UT, where they built a life of love and adventure together. They were married in August of 2015 in the Wasatch Mountains, a place they always held near and dear to their hearts.

To say Justin was an active person is an understatement.  When winter came you could usually find him on his board charging down a mountain; amassing an impressive collection of snowboards, to the occasional dismay of his wife.  He was also an avid hiker, along with his usual four-legged companion Zep, and was generally happiest when on a trail.  He also loved playing and watching hockey, and could often be found at a rink or cleared off pond with a stick and puck.  Justin never really got over the Hartford Whalers move to Carolina, especially after they won “The Cup”; but the Bruins were an adequate replacement that grew into an obsession.  Hockey was his passion, but he was a fan of all New England sports teams and loved a good playoff run.

Justin is survived by his: wife, Mary Nylen of South Portland, ME; mother, Susan Muller Nylen of Preston, CT; brother, Mathew Nylen of Preston, CT; grandfather, Harry Muller of North Franklin, CT; special aunt and uncle Jen and Steve Muller of North Franklin, CT; several aunts, uncles, and cousins; friends from before he was born along with his “greenhouse” family.  He is predeceased by his: father, Michael Nylen; and grandparents Doris Muller, Peg Muller, and Oliver and Louise Nylen.

A local celebration of life will be held at the Rí Rá Irish Pub in Portland, ME on Sunday, April 14th from 2pm to 6pm.  Another celebration of life will take place in the Preston City Congregational Church in Preston, CT at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in memory of Justin Nylen, to aid in the research of Glioblastoma, to the Massachusetts General Hospital, Stephen E. and Catherine Pappas Center for Neuro-Oncology, 125 Nashua Street, Suite 540, Boston, MA 02114. https://giving.massgeneral.org/donate/


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  • Jen Mancini on

    Sending lots of love to Mary and all of Justin’s loved ones. The breadth and depth of love for Justin is so impressive. He was truly a blessing to all those who knew him. I am so sorry that he is gone.

  • Ken &Donna Sebastian on

    Mary, Sue, and Matthew,

    We want you all to know, how We are standing with all of you, in sharing this great loss. Justin knew how to live life to its fullest, and we are sure that he has left a special legacy with each and everyone of us. Each of those moments in our lives will always remain very special! You are all to be commended, for all the love and very special care you gave him as he fought this last great battle, with you always at his side.
    All our love and prayers continue, as always!!

    Ken & Donna Sebastian

  • Tracy Kardys on

    Sue & Family,

    I am so sorry for your loss. You’re in my thoughts and prayers

  • Frank Juhasz on

    I was one of Matt’s teachers at Ledyard
    But I knew Justin through many family celebrations at Uncle Steve’s
    Justin was a great brother to Matt and brought laughter wherever he was.

  • Jenny Esker on

    Our thoughts are with you. Justin was someone I could always rely on for frank and honest feedback. What I learned from our conversations will always be with me.



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