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Donald Eugene Nelson
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Don Nelson was born on May 18, 1929, in Atlantic, Iowa to Donald James Nelson and Rose (Cron) Nelson. He was the first of six children. Don graduated from Atlantic High School in 1948. He joined the United Sates Navy in 1948, and was discharged in 1952, from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Washington. After discovering Skagit Valley, Don made it his home. He started civilian life by working for WRP Sawmill. After an injury and a two year rehabilitation, Don attended Skagit Valley College, and then earned his Civil Engineering degree. He then went to work for Skagit County Public Works, surveying the Baker Lake Road and supervising construction. He engineered the County Solid Waste sites and his last job was Flood and Drainage engineer. Don built numerous pump stations. He enjoyed camping, fishing, golfing, reading, growing a garden, "making" sawdust in his shop, and holidays with family. He wintered in Arizona and enjoyed making new friends.
Don is survived by his: wife, Gertrude “Pat” Nelson; sister, Jeanie (Duane) Nippert; daughter, Dawn (Larry) Spaur; son, Patrick (Si Cha) Green; granddaughters, Tanya (Matt) Pile and Camille (Brad) Loomis; great grandchildren, Zachary and Zoe Pile; Bethany, Paige and Nelson Loomis; as well as many nieces and nephews; stepchildren, Randy (Diana) Lemon, Lori (Mike) Lee and Ron (Kathy) Lemon; step-granddaughter, Teresa Clark; step-grandson David Lemon and Jared Stroud; step-great-grandson Loren Lemon; sister-in-law Dee (Jerome) Schwehr.

Don was a 40 year member of the American Legion Post 43, Mount Vernon Elks, and VFW. He was also a member of the Land Surveyors Association. The family would like to thank Hospice of the Northwest and Skagit Valley Hospital Wound Healing Center. A memorial service will held on Sunday, October 22, 2017, at the American Legion Post 43 (701 Murdock Street, Sedro-Woolley, 98284) at 2:00 pm. Following the service there will be a potluck reception.

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2:00 PM
American Legion Post 43

701 Murdock Street
Sedro-Woolley, WA 98284


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