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Link Robert Ellingson

December 27, 1957 - December 15, 2013
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When Link Robert Ellingson walked into the room, those in his company felt energy, an enthusiastic spontaneity. This was just one example of who Link was and how he impacted those around him. Link was a clever and gregarious person who always sought out the finest attributes in other people. It was as if Link wanted to share all of their experiences, revel in their lives and celebrate their discoveries. Link was tireless and had boundless enthusiasm that would serve him well throughout his life. Link was born on December 27, 1957 at McKinnon Hospital in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He was the son of Bob and Marilyn. Link was raised in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Always at the ready with a good joke, he grew up to be quite a humorous person. While some who knew Link might describe him as an idealist, his friends and family understood well that Link was always in pursuit of life’s endless possibilities and opportunities available to him. Link was raised with two siblings. He had one older brother, Blake; a younger brother who predeceased him, Brad, and younger sister, Traci. Link was very accepting and supportive of his family. He was perceived as the central person in his family in terms of keeping communication open between the family members. Whenever discord or tension arose within the home, Link was typically the member who brought about resolution and harmony. These traits served Link well in his adult life and, along with his wit, outgoing...
When Link Robert Ellingson walked into the room, those in his company felt energy, an enthusiastic spontaneity. This was just one example of who Link was and how he impacted those around him. Link was a clever and gregarious person who always sought out the finest attributes in other people. It was as if Link wanted to share all of their experiences, revel in their lives and celebrate their discoveries. Link was tireless and had boundless enthusiasm that would serve him well throughout his life.

Link was born on December 27, 1957 at McKinnon Hospital in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He was the son of Bob and Marilyn. Link was raised in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Always at the ready with a good joke, he grew up to be quite a humorous person. While some who knew Link might describe him as an idealist, his friends and family understood well that Link was always in pursuit of life’s endless possibilities and opportunities available to him.

Link was raised with two siblings. He had one older brother, Blake; a younger brother who predeceased him, Brad, and younger sister, Traci. Link was very accepting and supportive of his family. He was perceived as the central person in his family in terms of keeping communication open between the family members. Whenever discord or tension arose within the home, Link was typically the member who brought about resolution and harmony. These traits served Link well in his adult life and, along with his wit, outgoing personality, and understanding of others, drew the admiration of many who knew him.

As a young boy, Link was able to empathize and identify with a vast array of people and personality types. This quality drew him into a diverse group of friends and acquaintances. Link was intelligent and had little trouble getting along with his peers. He was almost always the first to jump in when it came to playing games or participating in other childhood activities. Link took part in basketball, and football. In his spare time he played sports. Link's memorable achievements included. Link had the ability to find amusement with almost any activity he and the many childhood friends he shared might discover.

During his high school years, Link responded enthusiastically to any new project and was regularly in search of one adventure after another. He graduated from Lincoln High School in 1975. Link generally did well in his courses. Link absorbed as much as he could from all of his teachers and was consistently able to tackle conceptual and abstract problems, using his imagination to master his assignments. For Link, school often became just an extension of playtime, thanks to his ability to turn just about anything into a game. Classmates considered Link a good listener, knowing that when necessary, they could go to him to discuss just about anything. His favorite class in high school was Gym. In his senior year, Link and his teammates won state championships in football and basketball.

With a talent for making acquaintances easily which in turn brought him an endless stream of friends, Link was very sociable and could blend without effort into any social group. Assertive and outgoing, Link was easy to know and demonstrated a deep concern for others. He always seemed aware of what was going on with people around him and throughout his life he made many, many friends. While growing up, he made several lifelong friends. Later in life, he became friends with anyone that he came in contact with.

On September 8, 1984 Link married Marie Theresa Erato at Assembly of God Church of Pahrump, Nevada. Link's skill at “building bridges” played an important role in his ability to make his new family happy. He was quite sensitive towards Marie's needs, showing his constant concern and fondness. Link was tenderhearted and sensitive, qualities that served him well in helping to nurture his family.

Link was uplifted by new ideas and was excited by life’s possibilities, traits that made him an exceptional worker. His primary occupation was Senior Marketing Director. He was employed for several years with the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce, and On Demand Sedan. Link was enterprising, inventive and working against deadlines seemed to energize him. Link had the uncanny ability to identify a win/win solution to just about any problem, possibly because of his gift for insight. Link's fellow workers saw him as a supporter and a mentor.

Because Link loved to have a broad variety of activities in his life, he took advantage of the opportunity to pursue numerous hobbies. His favorite pursuits were golfing, riding his motorcycle, and swimming. Link had a knack for being able to multi-task in order to create time for all of his favorite pastimes. However, Link's ever-present concern for others always took precedent.

Link derived much satisfaction from participating in and watching sports. His charisma, supportive nature and ability to improvise when called upon to do so all made perfect attributes for enjoying a great many sporting activities. In high school, Link played basketball and football. Recreational sports included golf, and swimming. Link was also something of a sports fan and enjoyed watching his favorite events whenever he got the opportunity. Tops on his list were basketball, football, golf, and soccer.

Throughout his life, Link was actively involved in professional and community organizations. He was compassionate, accommodating and quick to move into action. Always able to build a consensus, Link seemed to be the person smack dab in the middle of things, working to get things done. Those who had the opportunity to work with Link usually agreed that when you were involved in an organization with him, it was as entertaining as anything you could imagine. Throughout his later years, Link was an active member of the Big Brother's Organization.

Though he never did anything solely for individual recognition, Link's ingenuity, resourcefulness, and selflessness, earned him accolades for his many lifelong efforts. Some of his most prestigious awards included” Million Dollar Sales” Award.

Link's love of improvising in his daily life was a perfect fit for his enjoyment of traveling. His favorite vacations were ones that were not planned. Traveling in a casual manor fit his personality well. Excited about seeing changing scenery and constantly looking for the enjoyment life could offer, Link took his vacations seriously, well, as seriously as he possibly could. Favorite vacations included Traveling to the Caribbean, Mexico, Lake Tahoe, and Zion.

Link was a lover of animals and cherished his pets. Throughout his life Link always made an effort to rescue animals in need.

Link Ellingson passed away on December 15, 2013 at Summerlin Hospital in Las Vegas, Nevada. He is survived by his lovely bride, Marie; brother, Blake; sister, Traci; eight nieces and nephews, and two great nieces and nephews and numerous extended family members. Services were held at Canyon Ridge Christian Church. Link was laid to rest in Las Vegas, Nevada.

There was always a certain style and inventiveness to Link. He was a dynamic, self-expressive person who was forever looking to celebrate the endless possibilities life had to offer. He had a knack for being clever, creative and witty, and for others, was a joy to be around. While he was often fiercely independent, it seemed as if many others looked to Link Ellingson for inspiration, leadership, wisdom and even courage. Link was always more than willing to share life’s experiences with his loved ones.

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"Marie, my older brother and I used to be Link's little step-brothers. I was very young but I remember how good he was to us and we always looked up to him..." Jeremy Hansen (Henderson, NV)

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