Donald G. "Donnie" Nelson Jr. (1972 - 2017)

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Seward, Alaska, resident Donald Gene "Donnie" Nelson Jr., 44, passed away on Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017, at home.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 20, 2017, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Mile 5.5 Seward Highway in Seward. Viewing will be two hours prior to the services.
Donnie was born on Dec. 30, 1972, in Provo, Utah. He moved to Alaska on June 26, 1986, with his family. He had lived Kenai and Moose Pass, Alaska, before making Seward his home.
Donnie had worked for the Bakery at the Harbor, Thorn's Showcase Lounge, Harbor Dinner Club and most recently Ms. Gene's Place.
Donnie was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He enjoyed hiking, camping and cooking.
His family wrote: "Donnie was an avid fisherman and hunter. His father and his brother, Matt, were his fishing and hunting buddies. Donnie was a jack of all trades. If it needed to be found, he could find it and if it needed to be fixed, he could fix it. He was always eager to help when he could."
"One fond memory of Donnie's mother was how appreciative he was of every gift he ever received, big or small. She recalled how he would love to model for you his new hats, shirts, etc. What the family really wishes to be remembered about Donnie is that he loved passionately and deeply and was deeply loved."
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, David and Anna Nelson and Ray and Therma Giles.
Donnie is survived by his parents, Donald and Mary Nelson Sr.; brothers and sister-in-law, David Nelson and Matthew and Rachel Nelson and Andrew Nelson; sister and brother-in-law, Anna and Michael Gunter; nieces and nephews, Jack, Luke, Ava, Kaia, Kale and Ellie Gunter, Eli and Harmony Steere, and Faith and Grace Nelson, all of Seward; his "Alaskan Brother," Steve Kunnuk of Shelton, Wash.; and many uncles, aunts, cousins and friends spread throughout the globe.
Memorial donations and condolences may be sent to P.O. Box 3214, Seward, AK 99664. There will also be a GoFundMe account set up.
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Published in Anchorage Daily News on Oct. 19, 2017