Jim (James Edgar) Nelson
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In Loving Memory
Jim (James Edgar) Nelson passed away after summiting Capitol Peak in the Colorado Rockies.
He leaves behind his wife Rebecca LeCheminant, children Andrew (24), Melissa (22) and Hayden McMullin, Eric (16), Genet (10) and Teji (6), former wife Julie Pierce and many who loved and admired him.
Jim was a devoted father and lover of the outdoors, creating adventure for everyone who was blessed to share his life. He was a mechanical engineer, enjoyed serving the youth in the LDS Church, and made us all laugh. Jim is well known in the ultra marathon world with many top finishes in the Hardrock 100, Wasatch 100, Susitna 100, Badwater and many more. He holds the speed record for the Grand Canyon rim to rim quad crossing. He is one of a few elite to have completed the Barkleys 100 and Nolan's 14. Jim made us all more aware of what we are capable of, physically and in every other way. He took us all farther than we would have considered ourselves. Our hearts are broken, yet he gave us much to go on with and we must all continue to seek adventure and rise to our possibilities in his honor.
A memorial will be held on Tuesday, August 12, 2:00 pm at the Storm Mountain Amphitheater, 3 miles up Big Cottonwood Canyon.

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Published in The Salt Lake Tribune on Aug. 10, 2014.
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December 3, 2016
September 17, 2014
Our condolence to Jim' family. We had one excellent adventure camping with Frenchik, and Phelps many years ago. Jim made us love the outdoors and we are sorry to hear of his passing. May he rest eternallly in the Lords arms. Respectfully Joe and Marti Whiteman
August 25, 2014
Rebecca and family-- I'm so sorry. I met Jim several times at the Barkley. He was surprisingly humble considering all he had done, very refreshing. May our Heavenly Father and lord Jesus comfort us until we see Jim again in Heaven.
David Hughes
August 18, 2014
Being associated with OVIVO as a manufacturer's representative, I got to know Jim through jobs I sold that he was the Project Manager. He was very dedicated to getting the job done right and always a great guy to be around at sales functions. He will be missed by the extended OVIVO family at EW2 Environmental in Charlotte NC. Our prayers go out to him family.
Jim Grant
August 13, 2014
Each night we shed a silent tear,
As we speak to you in prayer.
To let you know we love you,
And just how much we care.
Take our million teardrops,
Wrap them up in love,
Then ask the wind to carry them,
To you in heaven above. i will miss you big brother great friend with all my heart but i know you are out there and never far
August 12, 2014
Rest in Peace, Jim
Alison Nelson
August 12, 2014
Sincere condolences. My prayers go out to you and your family. I didn't know Jim long, but he had a gentle spirit. He will be missed.
Vicki Ulibarri
August 12, 2014
Dear Rebecca,

So sorry for your loss. Jim was a very nice man. He was amazing in his pursuits and certainly influenced us all to be better and reach higher. He will be missed.

- Tina Rateau
August 12, 2014
Sincerest condolences. I'll remember the firm handshake - a man's grip. Not to worry, Jim. I closed the Captains of Crush #2 Gripper for you.

John Kase
Layton, Utah
August 11, 2014
My deepest condolences go out to the Nelson family, my thoughts and prayers are with you. The world will never be the same without Nellie, he was a great friend, co-worker and coach. He was always eager to help others and share his insight and love for life and the outdoors. I remember long talks about training and strategy before I did my first LOTOJA and several other bike races. He always encouraged and pushed people to do their very best. I will always miss you Nellie but I will never forget you.
Travis Moulding
August 11, 2014
While I did not have personal relationship with Jim, only a professional one, I found him to be a most gracious and helpful individual in all my dealing with him. He will be missed. Please accept by sincere condolences for your loss.
Bill Hartnett
Bill Hartnett
August 11, 2014
We will greatly miss Jim here at Ovivo. I will personally miss all of our break room talks about our experiences in the Navy. Fair Winds and Following Seas, Shipmate.
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We will miss you, Jim. We remember fondly when you and Rebecca stayed with us in Cedar City, while you ran, biked, and swam the St. George Ironman. What an amazing athlete!! We love you, Rebecca, Genet, and Teji. You are in our prayers. Aunt Anita and Uncle Larry
Larry Bell
August 11, 2014
Dear Nelson family, my deepest condolences. I am deeply saddened at the news of Jim's passing. He was a wonderful man and I am grateful for the memories and experiences I have had with him. I have known Jim for years as we attended college together and then ended up at Autoliv together for years too. He will certainly be missed. Our thoughts and prayers will be with you.
- Corey Farnsworth
August 11, 2014
Jim would always have a smile on his face. One day I was at the front desk and I heard a whistle. I looked up and saw Jim. He then said "That's the sound of a king walking into the room." He had a way to make you smile. Every day I saw him I would ask " How are you feeling today Jim? Do you feel like a king today?" He would always have an uplifting response. My favorites were..." Yes it's a Kings day today" Or " No, but I feel like a prince," He was a positive person and enjoyed making people smile. I will never forget that whistle. My heart goes out to his family.
Jim, I hope you feel like a king today.
Kaylynn Lance
August 11, 2014
On behalf of GLV Group and Ovivo, we would like to express our deepest sympathies for the loss of Jim. He was a great co-worker and it was a pleasure to have worked with him. His integrity, support and presence will always be missed.

Richard Verreault, President and CEO GLV Group
Marc Barbeau, President, Ovivo Group
August 11, 2014
Our sincere condolences go out to the entire Nelson family. Jim will be missed greatly. His passion for life was recognized by everyone who knew him. May God's comforting hand be with you in your time of loss and sorrow.
Clark Carlile
August 11, 2014
We will deeply miss Jim Here are Ovivo USA. His family will be in my prayers.
August 11, 2014
Our heartfelt sympathies go out to Jim's family. We worked with Jim at OVIVO and he will be sorely missed.

Curtis & Christine Ingleby
August 11, 2014
Jim would always have a smile on his face. One day I was at the front desk and I heard a whistle. I looked up and saw Jim. He then said "That's the sound of a king walking into the room." He had a way to make you smile. Every day I saw him I would ask " How are you feeling today Jim? Do you feel like a king today?" He would always have an uplifting response. My favorites were..." Yes it's a Kings day today" Or " No, but I feel like a prince," He was a positive person and enjoyed making people smile. I will never forget that whistle.
Jim, I hope you feel like a king today.
Kaylynn
August 11, 2014
Jim was key in this management team, everybody will miss him.
Valere Morissette
August 11, 2014
"Jim was passionate about the outdoor, his work, the promotion of the young generation and most of all, of his family. We will miss him and we offer our deepest condolences to Jim's family".
Valere Morissettte
August 11, 2014
Jim was key in this large team at OVIVO. Valere Morissette
Valere Morissette
August 11, 2014
Our deepest sympathies go out to the Nelson family, for our loss of a great person.

Jim E Nelson was a good friend; he always pushed you to another level of play. We the cycling friends, knew Jim as Nellie, as in “whoa Nellie” which is what you would shout if you were riding a wild horse and were trying to get him to stop. “Whoa Nellie”. The nick name Nellie just kind of stuck for Jim. It also had the connotation of a somewhat wacky person, which Jim was. Nellie would make you laugh either by a fun joke or something he would do or in reference to his ulta running adventure stories.

Nellie was a one time a Professional Mountain bike racer, I think when he lived in Washington working for Boeing. When Nellie joined Autoliv our newly formed lunch bicycle rides took on a whole new level. Nellie enjoyed it because he had friends he could ride with and teach how to ride. He upped every body's game. Our rides grew into pushing the boundaries; we started doing the one day 203 mile LoToJa race and 24hours of Moab. Nellie encouraged people to do these races and leave their comfort zone. He helped and coached them in preparing for the events.

Nellie it seemed was also preparing for something. The Death Valley run, driving to work in his car with a down jacket on and with the heat on in the middle of summer. Riding the Ogden bench trail all night long getting ready for his 1st solo ride of 24 hours of Moab, which he did twice.

The most memorable times with Nellie were when we did 24hrs of Moab as a masters team; Uni Testicali was our team name a kind of weird tribute to Lance. He would analyze every aspect of the event trying to figure out how to do it more efficiently. With the mechanical engineer in him we started building our own light systems from parts from Home Depot. It was hilarious, but it worked and we were able to finally beat the ominous Bontager team. From there we managed to win the event for about 10 years in a row.

Our races were never without adventurous fun. The famous 6 hours of Moab with the unusual rain storms/floods in the desert; to the missed relay exchange at 3 o'clock in the morning with Nellie banging on the side of our Van with his head light in the window and yelling “Endi are you racing” (I was sound asleep). We still won so Nellie was happy. Nellie was a fun competitor: our races sometimes turned into intra-team competitions; after 24 hours and 75miles of racing in the desert Nellie beat me by 1 second, and has never let that go that I am so slow.

Nellie left Autoliv a few years ago and 24hrs of Moab folded, so we started to lose our daily contact with Nellie. We stayed in touch, I every time I saw him I told him we missed him. It's sad and unfortunate, but now we will miss him forever, but we will always have good unforgettable memories of Nellie.
August 10, 2014
My deepest condolences to all of Jim's family. We lost a great man in Jim.

He was the greatest example of staying true to one's self and living life to its fullest each day. The post-work trail runs, the lunch bike rides and lunch runs - Jim never let anybody settle into a that's-good-enough mentality; he made everyone around him a little stronger every time the running shoes or biking shoes were laced up - perhaps in part from all his yellin'! But afterwards, especially on not-so-good days, Jim would be there with a word of encouragement, a pat on the back and a big grin saying that tomorrow is more opportunity!

In preparation for his own races, Jim left no stone unturned. For Death Valley, he would get every article of clothing he owned and put them all on (including parkas), get into his car in the hottest summer months, turn on the heat full blast and keep all the windows rolled up to acclimatize in advance for the race! For the Idita-run, the same thing only opposite - throw on a T-shirt and shorts in January and February and drive around with all his windows rolled down. Gotta love the drive and dedication to meet his own high expectations of himself all while sharing laughs along the way.

Thanks for the memories, Jim. My life has been enriched from you having been a part of it.
Tim Martersteck
August 10, 2014
My heart goes out to jims family and Julie pierce who I met in June at squaw peak 50 mile run I'm so sorry for your loss.
liz schultz
August 10, 2014
I was one of the scouts that Jim helped mentor. My favorite memory of him was hiking wheeler peak in Nevada. He helped me stay on the trail and look for different signs of things he always knew what he was doing and was very clever with his jokes. I will miss him.
Nicholas Johnson
August 10, 2014
To all of Jim's extended family and loved ones,

Our hearts go out to you at this sad time. As we all mourn Jim's passing, many happy memories are flooding back of the early days camping with Jim and Julie. Jim taught Mike how to mountain bike, and was his partner in adventure while Jim and his young family lived in Seattle.
Sending love and prayers,
Mike and Patti Fox and family.
Patti and Mike Fox
August 10, 2014
Jim and I at 24 Hours of Moab 2006
Tim Martersteck
August 10, 2014
Jim supporting me at my baptism August 2004
Tim Martersteck
August 10, 2014
My heart felt condolences go out to the Nelson family and friends. I have countless awesome memories of Jim. Some of my most memorable were our adventures together with Brad Phelps and I (back high school, 4 wheeling in his old Bronco, and camping in southern Utah). I will always remember and appreciate Jim for forcing me to purchase a mountain bike (he always had a way of coaxing me into trying new things) when he was working at Wasatch touring. I still own that bike and have since then warn out several others. I always appreciated Jim's quick wit and sense of humor. I am going to miss Jim immensely!
Jim Frenchik
August 10, 2014
Rebecca, Eric, Genet and Teji, Kent and I were shocked and sadden to learn of Jim's untimely death. He was a kind and gentle soul. I clearly remember the first time he spoke in the Second Ward after being put in the Bishopric. His talk was memorable and humble. Our love to you and your family. Connie and Kent Buie
August 10, 2014
I'll miss seeing Jim coming back from a lunch workout every day, reminding me how much good health and accomplishment is connected to dedication and commitment.
David Coulam
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