North Dakota native, David Nelson passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, April 22, from cardiac arrest.
Born in Deaconess Hospital, Grafton, ND on March 17, 1947, David spent the first 20 years of his life in North Dakota, where he began his lifetime love of the outdoors. He was an avid sportsman, hunting deer with a bow and arrow because in his words, “that’s the only sporting way to do it”. David was also an athlete, playing significant roles on both the West Fargo High School Packers basketball and football teams.
In June of 1967, David joined the Navy. He was assigned to the U.S.S. Kittyhawk and served in the Ready Room off the coast of Viet Nam. Upon his honorable discharge from the Navy in June of 1973 at NAS Cecil Field, FL, he decided to stay in his adopted state where he eventually retired from the U.S. Post Office.
David finally realized his lifelong dream of “living outdoors” in a log cabin where he spent the remainder of his life. With the help of his son, David and many other friends, he cleared his own plot of land along State Road 11 outside DeLeon Springs and built a log cabin. Early every morning, and late at night, you could find him on his front porch watching the wildlife.
David is survived by two brothers, Terry Nelson (Lynne) of Key Biscayne FL and Bob Nelson (Debbie) of Fargo, ND; four sisters, Gayle Nelson of Bonita Springs, FL, Susan Falck (Tom) of Grand Forks, ND, Randi Schroeder (Doug) of West Fargo, ND, and Lori O’Brien (Bill) of Tulsa, OK; and his three children, Janine, Dawn and David, six grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his father and mother, Manard and Frances Holen Nelson of West Fargo, ND.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.