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Obituary: Robert Adrian Nelles

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When he graduated from Ogden High School in the summer of 1951 - exactly 50 years ago- he was an all-state athlete, a phenomenal, record-setting track and field performer, and a superior football player, and he was known as Orville Nellestein. He was an undisputed high school superstar. He received the KLO award as the All Around Athlete of the Year. he was recruited by many universities, including West Point, but he chose the University of Utah and played for Coach "Cactus-Pappy Jack" Curtice.

After his graduation, he was drafted by the San Francisco Forty-Niners for whom he played a brief time due to a shoulder injury. He later earned a Masters Degree from Chapman College in California. During his years in California, he was the respected varsity football coach at Orange High School and at Santa Ana College he developed and inspired several national track stars.

When he died unexpectedly earlier this month, he had lived a productive life, a life filled with successes both as an athlete and a coach. He also found supreme happiness with his warm, passionate relationship with his wife, DeeAnn, and his consistently gratifying relationships with his students. For many years he was known to friends and family Bob Nelles and later as R. Adrian Nelles.

Adrian taught for the last 16 years, initially at Joel P. Jensen Middle School and then most recently at West Jordan High School.

He was a gifted and dedicated mathematics teacher and he prized his years coaching football with Coach Rick

Bojak and the West Jordan Jaguars.

He was a loving family man, first with his daughter, Kelly Page Nelles, of Glendale, California, with whom he shared years of showing their award-winning Arabian horses and later with his sons, Rick and Rodger, who would describe him as a kind, generous, considerate and fun-loving dad.

Adrian will best be remembered as a loving, generous and sweet-natured husband and friend. He and his wife, DeeAnn, traveled the world together. He was stricken by a "sudden death" heart attack on June 12th while they were snorkeling in the Caribbean waters of Tortola, British Virgin

Islands, in celebration of his 68th birthday, June 16th. Against unbelievable odds, after his attack, he swam the length of a football field to reach DeeAnn so that they could share their last few seconds together before he slipped away. Too soon, our wonderful gentle giant was gone.

A memorial service honoring the life of Robert Adrian Nelles will be held at a later time for his family and close friends.