Nelson Jandura, 60, passed away December 20, 2012, in Fort Collins, Colorado, with his daughter, Tanya, and his unborn granddaughter, Jolene, by his side. |
He was born June 30, 1952, to Alice and Joseph Jandura in the city of Somerset, New Jersey, the youngest of four, a sister, Donna, and two brothers, Robert and Ken. Nelson was raised on the family ranch where he learned his strong work ethic and love of the country. With his older brother, Ken, serving in the Navy, one month and three days after his 18th birthday he enlisted in the United States Coast Guard. He would always say, "They never told me what coast I was going to be guarding." He spent 13 months and 20 days in Vietnam.
In the Mid 1970's, Nelson became a private aircraft pilot and commercial truck driver. In the early 1980's he was blessed with two children, Jason and Tanya. He moved to Ramona in 1984 where he made his home. He spent 20 years driving tanker trucks on Palomar Mountain. Later, he relocated to Fort Collins, CO, where he hauled over-sized loads, and returned to ranching cattle as he had done as a boy.
Nelson was a loving and honest father and the best man I have ever known.
Nelson is survived by his brother, Ken; daughter, Tanya; son, Jason; two granddaughters, Callie Jo and Jolene; and four grandsons, Jerrin, Sam, Jaden and Jedrick.
A Celebration of Life will be held at Cheers in Ramona on January 12, 2013, at 1pm.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the Nelson Jandura Donation Fund at Wells Fargo would be greatly appreciated.
Published in the Ramona Sentinel on Jan. 10, 2013