Neldon was born in Manti, Utah, to Eva Shoemaker Peterson and Cassidy Peterson, on Dec. 3, 1926. He was raised by his mother’s second husband, Frank Lemon, and later took his name.
He went to high school in Manilla, Utah. In 1944, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy but was turned away because of a heart murmur. His heart problem would cause him to need open heart surgeries and the placement of two artificial valves.
He married JoAnne Bridge on Nov. 13, 1950, and their marriage produced five children.
JoAnne passed away and he met and married Irene Christensen on Sept. 17, 1966.
Neldon was an accomplished auto and diesel mechanic, a licensed building contractor, a licensed drilling and dirt-moving contractor, as well as an accomplished builder. In 1987, he bought an old filling station, tore it down, and built “Quality RV Parts & Service” in Moab. He retired from there in 1993.
After retirement he became an accomplished gardener and devoted his life to Irene.
He is preceded in death by his oldest son, Doug, in 2007,
Neldon is survived by his children, Robert (Lori), LaReta McFarland, Ralph (Judy) and Karen (Dan) James; stepchildren, Diane (David) Gladman, Gail (Peggy) Christensen, Lorraine (Richard) Rowley, Rodney (Becky) Christensen; daughter-in-law, Diana Christensen; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
A graveside service was held at Sunset Memorial Gardens Cemetery on Monday, Oct. 21, 2013 at 2 p.m.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.SpanishValleyMortuary.com.