Donald Clifford Nelson, Orfordville, WI/Stanwood, WA (1918 - 2012)
March 26, 1918 - December 8, 2012
Don Nelson died peacefully, surrounded by family, on Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012, at Josephine Sunset Home in Stanwood, WA. Don was born on March 26, 1918, to Carl and Mabel Nelson in Plymouth Township, rural southern Wisconsin. He attended Fisher Grade School and graduated in 1935, from Orfordville High School. After high school, he signed professional baseball contracts with AAA Milwaukee Brewers and the St. Louis Cardinals. He was a star player on many baseball and softball teams in southern Wisconsin.
In 1942, he married Alice Brown. They were married for 32 years before her death. They had four children. In 1977, Don and Delores Meyers were married. They were together for 23 years before her passing.
Don farmed in Luther Valley until 1972, moving to Orfordville, where he worked for the Rock County Highway Department for several years. He relocated to Camano Island, WA, in 2003, to be near his children. He was an active member of the Footville Church of Christ, serving as an Elder and Chairman of the church board. In addition, he served as President of the Village of Orfordville and President of the Orfordville School Board.
Faith, family, community, farming, baseball, and the Green Bay Packers were what he cherished most in life. He was a good farming neighbor and could always be counted on to lend a helping hand to those in need.
Don is survived by his children: Phillip and Cindy Nelson of Shawano, WI, Lois and Alan Gardner of Seattle, WA, Larry and Linda Nelson of Kent, WA, and Diane and Darrell Wood of Camano Island, WA; 11 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister, Mae Swain of Bartlett, TN; his sister-in-law, Madge Nelson of Janesville, WI; Jose Zevallos (exchange student from Ecuador); and numerous nieces and nephews. He will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him.
A memorial service will be held at CAMANO CHAPEL, 867 S West Camano Dr., Camano Island, WA, at 11 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 14th. Luncheon to follow. Another service will be held at the FOOTVILLE CHURCH OF CHRIST in Footville, WI, on Monday, Dec. 17th at 11 a.m. Luncheon to follow. Burial will be at Luther Valley Cemetery.
The family wishes to thank the staff of Josephine Sunset Home for the wonderful care given to their Dad and Grandpa.
In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be sent to Peace Haven Ministries, 1273 S West Camano Drive, Camano Island, WA 98282 or the ALS Association Evergreen Chapter, 19115 68th Avenue S., #H-105, Kent, WA 98032.
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