James Clark Nelson
1944 ~ 2014
James C. Nelson, 69, passed away of natural causes on January 21, 2014. He was born August 8, 1944 in Lewiston, Idaho, to Clark and Betty Nelson. His family moved to Boise in 1957. Jim graduated from Boise High School in 1964. After graduation he married his high school sweetheart, Florence Dolan. He joined the Navy in 1966 and completed three tours in Viet Nam. During his deployment his daughter Nicole Annette was born in 1967. After discharge from the Navy he was employed by Caterpillar Tractor as a Machinist in San Leandro, Ca., for many years. He moved back to the Boise area in 1983 and worked as a long haul truck driver until his retirement.
Jim was a Harley Davidson enthusiast and built and entered his bikes in many bike shows. He was in the process of restoring a 1966 Dotson 260Z at the time of his passing which was, at the time, his prize possession. He also enjoyed sailing his remote controlled boats and flying his helicopter.
Jim lived his life to the fullest and marched to the beat of his own drum. He truly loved his family and cherished his friendships above all else.
Jim is survived by his daughter, Nicole Nelson of Boise, granddaughter, Jessica Pritchard of Modesto, Ca. a brother, Mike Nelson of San Diego, a half brother, Lindsay Nelson of Southern California. He also was survived by two step brothers, Joe and Vincent Barinaga and a step sister, Delphina Gadoy, all of Boise. A nephew, Adam Nelson and a niece, Jennifer Nelson of San Diego. Jim also leaves behind numerous cousins and many cherished friendships that were his family, as well.
The family wishes to express their gratitude for all the kindnesses and guidance given by his cousin, Byron Nelson through this difficult time.
Internment services will be held at the Idaho State Veterans cemetery, 10100 Horseshoe Bend Road, Boise, on February 10, 2014 at 1:00 PM.
Published in Idaho Statesman on Feb. 8, 2014