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Christopher H. "Chris" Nelson

1951 - 2014 Obituary Condolences Gallery
Christopher H. "Chris" Nelson Obituary
CHRISTOPHER H. (CHRIS) NELSON Chris Nelson passed away peacefully surrounded by loved ones on January 13, 2014 at the age of 62 after a lengthy battle with cancer. He was a loving son and brother, a great companion and a loyal friend to many. He was born May 4, 1951 in Portland, Oregon to Robert and Carolyn Nelson, moved to Park Ridge, Illinois in 1958 and settled with his family in Orange, California in 1961. Beginning at an early age he developed a lifelong love of sports, putting on his first baseball uniform at the age of six and football following shortly thereafter. Ultimately, it was his passion for golf that steered his path, both professionally and socially for the better part of his life. However, we can't forget his tenure as starting quarterback at El Modena High School and subsequently the next four years at Central College in Pella, Iowa where he still holds several school records. His working years were spent initially in the restaurant industry in order to support his golfing aspirations until he landed permanently on the golf courses of Orange County where he held positions as both Assistant and Head Professional at several clubs. During those years he also taught countless students the finer points of the game of golf. He developed a love of reading at a young age, especially pertaining to history and sports, which inspired him to engage in many a spirited conversation with family and friends. Music was also a prominent influence throughout his life, starting with a guitar in 6th grade, advancing to a drum set in high school and settling in with a saxophone in later years. Jazz was his main focus and we've shared many a great evening celebrating good times with great music. He loved to enjoy life with those close to him and we will treasure those great memories and miss his presence always. Chris was preceded in death by his father Robert and is survived by his mother Carolyn; his sister Marianne Maxwell (Mike), nieces Erin Maxwell and Meghan Kuntz; his loving companion of 13 years Myra Ramirez and her entire family including three granddaughters, as well as his college friends and golfing buddies. A private celebration of Chris's life will be held on January 25th. Memorial donations may be made to the Orange County SPCA., ocspca.org


Published in Press-Enterprise on Jan. 19, 2014
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