Dec. 18, 1931- Dec. 21, 2013 John was born in Salt Lake City, UT grew up and graduated from Ballard High School and University Of Washington
. John met the love of his life Betty in 1950 while in college, and they married in 1952. He served in the United states Armed Services from 1953 to 1955, with an additional eight years reserve duty. John and Betty were happily married for 61 years and raised five children. The importance of family, staying active and good humor were always first and foremost. John loved sports and the outdoors; ice skating, skiing and hiking in his youth, boating, fishing and crabbing in and around puget sound during his retirement years. He happily retired after 35+ years at the Boeing Company, and enjoyed retirement adventures in the fun and warmth of Arizona with his loving wife Betty. John was funny, kind, supportive and generous to all… and couldn't miss a Seahawks game! He is survived by his wife, Betty; sons, Steven and Eric; daughters, Lori, Julie and April; grandchildren, Anna, Paul, Jazmyn, A.J., Ashley, Victor, Bella, Tyler; and great-grandchild, Annie. John Emanuel Nelson was the son of Emanuel Beck and Mary Nelson.