Earl Nelson Obituary

Earl William Nelson
Earl William Nelson

June 11, 1925 - January 9, 2019
Born in Millville, Utah
Resided in Clearfield, Utah
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Earl William Nelson, 93, of the “greatest generation,” passed away peacefully in his sleep early in the morning on Wednesday, January 9, 2019.

Earl was born June 11, 1925, while the family resided in Millville, Utah. He was the sixth child of nine born to Hyrum Joseph Nelson and Bessie Eliza (known as Beth) McBride Nelson. Four of his siblings passed away before they reached the age of one. The family eventually settled in Nibley, Utah on what became the Nelson family farm. He attended schools in Cache County and was drafted during his senior year of High School and served in the Navy during World Ward II. His service took him throughout the Pacific area and this is where he developed a great love for the ocean. Because of his service in the Navy, he did not complete High School until many years later when he attended night school at Weber State College.

He returned from his Navy service to Logan in 1946 and married Colleen Harris on May 25 of that same year. Their marriage was later made eternal as they were sealed in the Logan Temple. After their marriage, they took over the family farm. Michael Earl was born July 19, 1948, followed by David Alton on September 13, 1951. In 1953 they moved to Roy, Utah because taking care of the farm and working at Hill Air Force Base was more than he could handle. Christine was born while in Roy on September 23, 1956. They moved to Ogden for two short years and then right back to Roy.

The family enjoyed many great trips and a lot of camping. One family trip took them to Mt. Rushmore where Earl took a road that lead to a tunnel the car and travel trailer would not go through. He had to unhitch the trailer turn it around by hand re-hitch it and go back. The family took trips to the National Parks in Utah, Disneyland, the Northwest along with many camping trips and picnics up the canyon. On a trip to the Redwood Forest, there was a luggage rack on top of the car that kept them from driving through the gigantic redwood tree. Earl always worked several jobs to provide for his family but family vacations were had every year.
Earl, beside working several jobs, was always available to help friends or neighbors with work projects. He took a bus trip one year to help with the cleanup after the Teton Dam broke. He served as a ward clerk for many years. He and mom planned many ward dinners both in Roy and then in Yuma where they spent many years as “Snow-birds.”

Earl was very proud of his family. Michael served a mission in Austria and David served in Scotland. All three children married in the temple and raised wonderful families providing Earl and Colleen with 16 grandchildren and then 37 great-grandchildren. Earl loved his family and loved to spend time with them wherever and whenever he could.

With the children gone Earl and Colleen built a new home and moved to Hooper, Utah. In Hooper, he and Colleen were called to serve a full-time proselyting mission to San Bernardino, California. He always talked about their mission and had such a great love for the people they worked with. Shortly after returning from the mission, Earl was called to serve as first counselor in the ward bishopric.

Earl and Michael purchased property in Tabiona, Utah—their cabin in 1979. Earl and Colleen enjoyed it so much they added their own place to the property. They enjoyed many great years there with family and friends. Earl purchased some trail bikes and explored every trail and back road in the area.

While in Hooper they started going South for the winters and eventually purchased a second home in Yuma. For over 20 years they spent the winters in Yuma besides all the other travel they did. Earl enjoyed traveling and was always willing to go. He developed a real love for cruises and went on several with children.

In their later years, they decided the home and their acre in Hooper was too much and built another new home in West Haven. This last home was in a senior community. Colleen, his eternal sweetheart, passed away peacefully in November 2013. Earl lived alone in the house for a few more years before his children moved him to Chancellor Gardens of Clearfield, an assisted living facility, in 2017. He developed some close friendships there and was a favorite of the staff. The family expresses their sincere appreciation for all they did in caring for Earl.

Earl is survived by sons Michael Earl (VeLoy) Nelson of Provo, Utah; David Alton (Ellen) Nelson of Corvallis, Montana; daughter Christine Porter of Hooper, Utah; 16 grandchildren and 37 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by three sisters-in-law, Lucille Nelson, Vellys Nelson and Ansta Harris, and a brother-in-law, Larry Harris. He was preceded in death by his wife, Colleen, his parents, four brothers and four sisters.

Memorial donations can be made to the Humanitarian Fund of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Viewing will be held Sunday evening January 13 from 6-8PM at the Myers Mortuary, 5865 S 1900 W, Roy, Utah. The funeral will be Monday, January 14 at the Fair Grove Ward Chapel, 4555 W 4000 S, West Haven, Utah.




Myers Mortuary - Roy
5865 South 1900 West
Roy, UT US 84067
January 13, 2019
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Fair Grove Ward
4555 West 4000 South
West Haven, UT US 84401
January 14, 2019
10:00 AM - 10:45 AM
Fair Grove Ward
4555 West 4000 South
West Haven, UT US 84401
January 14, 2019
11:00 AM