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.
Published in The Salt Lake Tribune on Aug. 10, 2014.