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    On May 14, 2020 the world lost a kind and benevolent soul. Dr. Norman D. Nelson, loving husband and father, died suddenly while spending time with his beloved horses.

    Dr. Norman D. Nelson

    Norm was born on July 3, 1940 to Herbert and Lotus Elaine Nelson. He was a graduate of DePauw University and Washington University School of Medicine. Norm completed his medical internship at Great Lakes Naval Hospital and his residency at Naval Medical Center San Diego. He retired from the Navy as a captain and 28 years of combined service.

    During college, Norm spent many summers in Moab working at Atlas Minerals while enjoying time with his aunt and uncle, Donna and Chuck Nelson. During his time spent in Moab he became friends with Dr. Paul Mayberry. Dr. Mayberry was instrumental in Norm’s decision to go into medicine. Norm’s love of Moab continued throughout his life and is something he passed on to his children and grandchildren.

    Norm specialized in obstetrical medicine at Health Care for Women in Salinas, California, delivering more than 5,000 babies during his career. His passions were his family, patients, friends and community service. Norm was authentic and humble. He found the interests of others, interesting; making them feel important and heard. Norm was an avid horseman, skier, traveler, tennis player, reader and music lover. He was known for his quick wit and compassionate spirit.

    He is survived by his wife, Corinne, and children and stepchildren: Michael Nelson (Laura), Jill Nelson (David Kingston), Judy Nelson (Shannon Watters), Jessica Cohen (Leeor), Matthew Nelson (Jennifer), Elizabeth Harvey (James), Amy Nelson, Elizabeth Pickard (John) and Matthew Eaton; 15 grandchildren and five great-grand grandchildren; his sisters, Liz Gini and Lotus Elayne Dunn (Quentin); niece, Jenny and nephew, Aaron.

    A family celebration was held at Norm and Rin’s home in Gonzales, California; a full celebration of his life will be held at a later date.

    Memorial donations may be made to Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital (Obstetrical Mother/Baby Unit), Christine Marie Star Riders or Encuentro de Vaqueros.

    Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened. — Dr. Seuss

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