Ivan J. Nelson, 71, of Smith River, without warning, passed away Sunday morning, Sept. 3, 2017, at his home with his wife by his side. Ivan’s sudden death from a blood clot has been a shock to everyone who knew him as he was extremely physically fit.

Ivan loved life and enjoyed it to its fullest. Many know him as the guy with the great hair who loved flannel shirts. He was a quiet man, an avid outdoorsman who appreciated the beauty of the forest and the ocean. He was fortunate to retire from oil pipeline construction at age 37 which allowed him to enjoy all the things he loved to do for many years. He was an avid reader, enjoyed gardening and golfing. He spent most of his time walking the local beaches and collecting river rock and driftwood. If you couldn’t find him in his yard tending his beautiful landscaping, he’d be at the beach, or enjoying himself at his other hobby, the slots.

In the early ‘80s, he and his wife embarked on a 30 year adventure of building houses; staying for awhile then moving on to the next project. From Southern California, to Central California, then to Washington and Oregon. Their last stop in 2010, was to Smith River, where they decided to finally plant roots. They were together for 42 wonderful years, 36 years married.

Ivan graduated from Artesia High, Cal State Fullerton and served in the Air Force.

Ivan is survived by his wife, Cindee, sons Ivan Nelson Jr. (Lisa Nelson) of Spanish Springs, Nevada, Aaron Nelson (Veronica Nelson) of Rancho Santa Margarita, grandchildren, Josh, Aiden, and Kevin, brothers Gordon, Raymond (Sharon), Louis (Suzn), Dana (Winnie), Lynn (Chris). Brothers-in-law Paul Jablonsky (Betty) and Craig Jablonsky, and many nieces and nephews.

Friends, please feel free to join his family as they raise a margarita glass to him to remember and celebrate his life, Sunday Sept. 10, 5 p.m. on the beach at “The Beach” subdivision located on U.S. 101, Smith River.

Arrangements are under the direction of Wier’s Mortuary Chapel.

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— Submitted by Wier’s Mortuary Chapel