Donald Vernon Nelson was born on July 1, 1928 in Flasher, ND to Carl and Dagny Nelson. The Nelson Family moved to Ferndale in 1935 and Donald graduated from Ferndale High School in 1946. He served in the U.S. Army from 1950-1952. On October 17, 1953, Donald married Luvonne and together they shared 64 wonderful years.
Donald loved flowers and gardening, spending time with his family and neighbors, and was an active member of Triumph Lutheran Church. He also loved Christmas and enjoyed collecting antique ornaments. He retired from Mills Electric after 37 years.
Survivors include his wife, Luvonne Nelson; son, Steve (Debbie) Nelson, daughter, Sheree Hathaway; siblings, Gloria, Ione, Marilyn, Darleen, and Ron; grandchildren, Jake (Trina), Jordan (Kate), Jenna, Joelle (Brent), Nick, and Melissa (Travis); and great-grandchildren, Tucker, Tuf, Ethan, Kimber, Geneva, Haile, Lillian, Lilly, and Cody.
He was predeceased by his son, Jeff, in 2010, son-in-law, Gordy, in 2012, and Curt Giffey (granddaughter, Jenna's, fiance) in 2017.
A graveside service will be held on Thursday, July 26, 2018 at 10am at Greenacres Memorial Park (5700 NW Dr. Ferndale 98248) with a memorial following at 11am at Triumph Lutheran (5719 Church Rd, Ferndale 98248).
Memorial donations may be made in Donald’s name to a charity of your choice.