Harold Wayne Nelson was born Aug. 8, 1944 in Moab, Utah. He passed away Oct. 15,
2019 at his home in Green River, Utah surrounded by his loving family.
He grew up in Green River working on the family farm raising watermelon, hay and helping with the cattle. He helped herd cows up into the Book Cliffs in the spring and back down in the fall.
He graduated high school in 1963 and then attended Salt Lake Trade Tech the next year. He
then served two years in the US Army 82nd Airborne Division.
He met and married Sharon Jackson in 1968 and they raised two girls, Angela Rae and Regina Kaye in Moab.
Harold worked in the local uranium mines, hauled ore and also spent some time working on a drill platform. In early 1982 he was in a mining accident and was unable to continue mining. He then spent several years as a truck driver.
Almost every fall he could be found hunting deer and elk. He also enjoyed camping and fishing with his family. Weaver Reservoir in the Book Cliffs was his favorite place to camp, fish and also ride around the old family homestead.
When the grandkids started arriving he would say, “If I knew how much fun they were I would have had them first.” He loved and enjoyed spending time with them, teaching them and showing them all the special places he loved.
Harold and Sharon had property in Green River, and after developing it in the late 1990s they moved there with a horse and two mules. They then bought some cows and he went back to
herding cattle into the Book Cliffs in spring and back in the fall. After retiring from chasing cows
he spent his time raising a few melons, driving the dirt roads and teaching his grandkids and
great-grandkids to drive and explore the same areas he grew up in and loved so much.
Harold’s parents, Homer and Earline, preceded him in death.
He is survived by his siblings and their spouses, Bruce and Ann Nelson, Carolyn and Richard Wilson, Linda Woolsey and Bob Stafford, Randy and Jackie Nelson, daughters Angie Mortensen and Gina Nelson-Winters; grandchildren Amanda and husband Branden Lammert, Kyle Young, Jessie Wilson, Anthony Nelson and Symone Robinson, and eight wonderful great-grandchildren, Ariana, Camryn, Hayden, Kailey Ray, Braxton, Konnor, Abigail and Josephine.
He will be remembered as a fun-loving dad and grandpa with a great sense of humor and a hug for everyone.
His family is grateful for all the caregivers who were with him throughout the last several years.
We are especially thankful for all of the support and love from all of his family and friends.
Funeral services were held Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019 at the Green River Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Chapel.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.SpanishValleyMortuary.com.