Obituary — Edmund Ross Nelson
April 3, 2009
Born in Berkeley, Calif., on December 20, 1950, the son of Walter and Peggy Nelson, Ed was the eldest of five and the only boy, so the odds were stacked against him from an early age. He loved being around his family. He reveled in the art of the snappy comeback, but enjoyed being the taker as much as the giver. Often, family get-togethers would turn into a tennis match of witty quips.
Ed played center and middle linebacker for his high school football team. He also played golf for his college, competing with the likes of Tom Watson. Ed was an accomplished and very enthusiastic golfer and surfer. Mathematically gifted, he made a good living designing and selling cranes, which performed tasks ranging from lifting submarines out of the ocean, to feeding the elephants at Hogle Zoo. He loved his job and the rapport he had with his co-workers. Without him, the world now laughs a little quieter, friends and family would often get pulled in by his full-hearted belly laugh, a laugh that will be missed, but not forgotten.
A thoughtful Atheist, Ed’s philosophy, which he adopted from his parents, was, "Heaven is life on Earth and Hell is being unaware of that fact." He is survived by his three ever-dependent children, Aaron Ross, Rebecca Lee, and John Thomas, as well as
his four sisters, Lorraine, Elizabeth, Patricia, and Sarah. And the only cat he could ever stand, his pet George. There will be a party in celebration, and remembrance of Ed’s life held at the Jeremy Ranch Country Club on Saturday, April 4 at 3 p.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Ed Nelson may be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, or the Volunteers of America – Utah.