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Nelson, Garth
89, of Yuma, AZ passed away on 9/17/15. Garth Nelson, of Yuma and St. Johns Arizona passed away on 9/17/2015 in Yuma, Arizona. He was born June 29, 1926 in Safford, Arizona, but moved as a young boy to Phoenix where he attended elementary school and graduated from North High in 1944. He became an officer candidate in the Navy and attended the University of New Mexico, graduating in two years. With the war ended, he then attended the University of Arizona College of Law, graduating in 1949. While in New Mexico, he met and fell in love with Isabel Overson while she was finishing her nursing studies there. They were married in the LDS Temple in Mesa, Arizona in 1947. After law school, Garth moved to Yuma, Arizona, where he practiced law for the next forty-two years. He was active in many organizations, including the Junior Chamber of Commerce where he served as a national vice-president and enjoyed a White House dinner invitation. He and Isabel were active in community affairs in Yuma, including Friends of the Library and other endeavors. Active in the LDS Church, Garth served in a number of capacities over the years, including scoutmaster and bishop's counselor. Garth and Isabel had four children: Sharon (Mickey) DeHart of Tampa, FL, Steven (Jane) of Phoenix, Mitchell, and Roger (Sonnet) of Yuma. They have 11 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. After retirement, Garth and Isabel served a humanitarian mission for the LDS Church in Cambodia and later a mission in Salt Lake City at the humanitarian center. They maintained a home in St. Johns, Arizona, where they were able to be close to extended family. Garth was a devoted father to his children and a father figure to many others. The Nelson home was always open to any who needed a place to stay. He is survived by his wife, Isabel and his extended family. He was predeceased by his son, Mitchell.



Published in The Arizona Republic on Sept. 22, 2015
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