Elvoid Daniel Nelson was born on December 21, 1925, in Pocatello, Idaho, and grew up on farms outside Wendall and American Falls, Idaho. He worked on the family farm until he was drafted into the Army to fight in World War II. After fighting in the Battle of the Bulge, he got trench foot and spent the rest of his service driving supply trucks around Europe. When the war ended, he learned how to weld. He could make miracles with aluminum. He moved to southern California and spent two decades in aircraft manufacturing, welding sales, and other related jobs before moving to northern California. He then met and married Janet Ann Holmes and began teaching at Contra Costa Community College. They settled in Martinez and raised two awesome sons. Elvoid enjoyed outdoors activities, like camping, tennis, skiing, and waterskiing. He loved taking road trips and spending time with his family. Elvoid is survived by Janet, his wife of 45 years, and his sons, Daniel Holmes Nelson of Hamilton, New York, and Chad Elkins Nelson of Provo, Utah. He was thrilled to have eight grandchildren and loved receiving their hugs. His parents and his siblings, except his younger brother, Cleo Nelson, preceded him in death. Elvoid never recognized his age or physical limitations. He was very active in service in the Mormon church, with his family, in the neighborhood, and anyone that got within sight of his friendly smile, within reach of his open arms or allowed time for his unapologetic and disarming conversation. Elvoid had a way of creating memorable moments for others even if he didn’t remember them. He will be missed.
A memorial service will be held on September 14th at 11 a.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 940 Palisades Drive, Martinez, Ca 94553
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