Frank Victor Nelson departed this earthly existence peacefully September 23, 2001 at home surrounded by his loving family. Cancer can be difficult, but he handled the challenges it presented so well. He touched and blessed many lives in his 81 years with his love, concern and devotion.
He was born October 22, 1919 in Salt Lake City. He is the third son of Nils Frederick and Florence Nelson.
Frank graduated from West High School, the U of U, and the U of U Law School. He loved Salt Lake where he spent his entire life, except the few years he served a mission in the New England States and while he served his country in World War II as a United States Naval Pilot.
On September 5, 1947 Frank married Jean Anderson, the love of his life, in the Salt Lake Temple. The were blessed with four greatly loved sons and an extremely active life.
Frank worked as legal council for the Utah Manufacturers Association before joining the Utah Attorney Generals Office where he practiced for many years before retiring. Frank served in the Utah State Legislature for six years and was always involved in civic and community projects. He served in many capacities in the LDS Church. Many still call him Bishop, but his favorite calling was always that of a teacher. He loved to read and expound on his philosophy of life. He taught not only from what he read but even more from his great example. He was always in the work of doing good for someone. His life was full, and he loved each day he spent here on earth. He and Jean traveled the world, but his favorite place was home.
He gardened, invented, baked cookies, restored antiques and a historical home in Midway. He was a devoted U of U basketball fan who rarely missed a game in the last 50 years. He loved his grandchildren's programs and sporting events, mechanical toys, and was the #1 handyman of the world. He had a keen mind, and his wit and dignity especially in hard times, will always be cherished. The Nelson home has always been a favorite and special place for so many. Frank would always remind us to love life and keep it simple, and to serve and love one another. He would ask that we all stay united and continue to pray for our great county, and that we all do something good for someone everyday. Then he would remind us to do those good deeds over and over again.
He left behind he wife Jean, four sons, Eric (Mindy) Park City, Kent (Pam) Salt Lake, Ron (Sharon) West Jordan, Jeff (Janet) Duesseldorf, Germany. His four daughters-in-law along with four wonderful sister-in-laws, Donna Stephens (Wayne), Marjorie Anderson, Carol Anderson and Ruth South (Kent), were all Franks angels here in mortality, for they have always been there to do those special things that add so much to one's life. He has 18 grandchildren whom he deeply loves and is so proud of. Frank has two brothers, Wendell (Pearl) of Salt Lake and Fred who preceded Frank in death just two months ago.
Services will be held Thursday, Sept. 27, 2001 at the Monument Park 11th Ward Chapel on 1595 So. Foothill Drive at 12 noon.
Friends can come and visit with the family at Larkin Sunset Lawn, 2350 E. 1300 So. Wed. from 6-8 p.m. and Thursday at the church from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Interment - Salt Lake Cemetery.