David Nelson
1956 - 2021
BORN
1956
DIED
2021
FUNERAL HOME
Russon Brothers - Farmington/Kaysville
1941 North Main St.
Farmington, UT
David Scott Nelson

August 21, 1956 ~ October 13, 2021

Our loving husband, father, grandfather, and friend, David Scott Nelson, age 65, returned home to his Heavenly Parents October 13, 2021 after a courageous battle with cancer. His positive attitude, deep faith, loving character, and always present smile blessed countless lives.

He was born August 21, 1956 in Salt Lake City, Utah to Joseph and Marjorie Nelson. His midwest style and simple hospitality was influenced by spending most of his youth in Grandview, MO and Topeka, KS with his beloved Chiefs and Royals where he attended Shawnee Heights High School. He was active in numerous activities including golf, baseball, church singing groups, and community sports. After serving an LDS mission in Bogota, Colombia, he returned home to SLC, UT. He graduated with a Bachelor's Degree from Brigham Young University where he proudly played the tuba in the BYU Marching Band for the sole purpose of having front row seats to BYU football games. On October 24, 1978 he married his sweetheart, Becky Lawrence, in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. Theirs was a marriage of devoted companionship, synergy, and fun.

In 1980 he began his career in the insurance industry working for Pacific Mutual in SLC, CA, and AZ, returning to Utah in 1987 to work the majority of his career as a group health and benefits insurance producer. His loyal clients developed into treasured friends, reflective of his integrity, honest character, and trusting demeanor. He worked at Affiliated, First Security, Accordia, Wells Fargo, USI, and relished the opportunity to finish his last two years at Beehive Insurance. He especially loved working side by side with his team and CSRs; with a top priority every day of updating them about his family and children.

Dad loved people. All types. No matter their status, background, or life experience, he found great joy and passion in learning from others and ministering to the one. He had a great ability to connect with youth, helping them feel comfortable, appreciated, and loved when around him. His endearing laugh engaged others; he was always one of the last to leave any function or church activity, taking the time to talk to anyone about anything. He was a man close to the Spirit with humble insight, a gift of listening, and making all feel loved for exactly who they were.

He was active in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. His deep and abiding love of the Lord was evident in any service or calling including Ward Choir Director, Bishop, High Counselor, Stake Presidency Counselor, and Temple Worker in the Bountiful, Utah Temple. He cherished his latest opportunity as Sunday School Teacher, sharing special insights gained from his long nights battling cancer and courageous commitment to choosing faith.

Farmington, Utah became his beloved home. He had a great desire to be active in the community, participating in charity events and fundraisers, attracting buckets of candy at holiday parades with his well-crafted little league target trick. He could often be found as the announcer at high school baseball games and delighted in serving on the board of Big Brothers Big Sisters from 2003-2019.

Hard work, yard work, and a love for the simple things in life will be a long lasting legacy. His homemade ice cream was legendary. His all-encompassing love of sports, endless. He was often on his knees, whether fixing a sprinkler or deep in prayer. Shoveling the neighbor's snow (always with impeccable lines), pruning roses, and long drives were therapeutic for him. He never bought things for himself, but loved Christmas and surprising Becky with his well thought out gifts. Saturday Costco runs were a staple, and you could often find him wandering the aisles of JCPenney to feel close to his dad.

His family was his pride and joy. His spouse, 6 children and 25 grandchildren brought deep happiness into his life. He loved spending time with them and watching them grow in their accomplishments. He had an unmatched gift of predicting the gender of his grandchildren (24 out of 25!) and sharing insights into their personalities before they were born. He loved music, choir participation, and developing lasting meaningful friendships with everyone he came in contact with. The trajectory of many young lives were changed because of his influence.

He is survived by his loving wife, Becky; children Greg (Katie) Nelson, Kaysville, UT; Paul (Cami) Nelson, Dallas, TX; Andrea (Matt) Dent, Kaysville, UT; Jenny (Derek) Harbertson, Kaysville, UT; Brad (Alli) Nelson, Hampstead, NC; Katie (Kyle) Andrews, Kaysville, UT; 25 grandchildren; brothers and sisters Allen (Janet) Nelson; Robert (Kathy) Nelson; LuJean (Craig) Christensen; and Shauna (Dan) Davis. Preceded in death by his parents and sister-in-law, Kathy Nelson.

We would like to express our deep gratitude to Dr. Laura Lambert of Huntsman Cancer Institute for her grace, intellect and compassion in caring for Dave over the course of his illness and to the many nurses and staff who so compassionately served him. Also, special thanks to Dr. Carl Gray for his kind care in the initial phase of Dave's treatments.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, October 19 at 11:00 a.m. in the Farmington North Stake Center, 729 Shepard Ln., Farmington. Viewing will be Monday, October 18, from 6-8 p.m. at Russon Brothers Funeral Home, 1941 N Main Street, Farmington and at the Farmington North Stake Center on Tuesday from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. prior to the service. Burial will be in the Farmington City Cemetery. Masks are respectfully encouraged during the viewing and funeral services. For those wishing to attend virtually, the service will be streamed live at Russon Mortuary and Crematory Facebook page.

In lieu of flowers please consider donating to an organization that would serve the hungry, needy or fatherless.

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Published by Deseret News from Oct. 15 to Oct. 17, 2021.
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Dear Becky , I´m so sorry to hear that David has been ill with cancer and passed on . I know the variety of ways I felt and still feel when Alan had the same illness and passed but don´t know how you are feeling .Please remember I´m just a phone call away and have good listening ears and am here for you anytime. I will always remember about forty years ago when you lived in California and invited Alan and me to stay at your home and helped us find a home to live in as we were moving there ourselves . There was such a feeling of loving care radiating from your soul which was so comforting and you were directed to find the exact home where our Father in Heaven had prepared for us live . Earth is an interesting chapter in our Eternal lives . Please know you and your family are loved by me . Sincerely, Your cousin Julie
Julie Badham Keddington
Family
October 19, 2021
I have known Dave through insurance industry events and some travel for a couple of decades. My heart sank when I saw the news of his passing, as I did not know that he had been ill. Dave has always been so friendly and kind to all that cross his path; I felt his genuine concern on multiple occasions. Mutual friends that we both share, but know him at a deeper level than me, all hold him in the highest regard. My love and prayers go out to his wife, Becky, family, and friends at this difficult time. He is gone too soon, but his legacy will last for a very long time. God bless those of you that are hurting from this tremendous loss. I hope and believe you will feel him near you in loving and surprising ways.
Dan Dearden
October 18, 2021
Dear Becky and the entire Nelson family: My sincerest condolences to you and your wonderful family. I am so saddened to hear of Dave's passing, but I am comforted to know of his beliefs and convictions are the same as mine. I have know Dave (David) from the Insurance industry for over 20 years, and I have been impressed with his honesty, integrity, professionalism and his cordial demeanor and his sincerity. Please know that I will donate in his honor to one of my favorite charities to benefit the homeless and downtrodden. God bless you now and always! Sincerely, H. Luke McDermott
Luke McDermott
Work
October 18, 2021
Oh Becky. I have no words. I can only send a big virtual hug to someone I love so much. I feel certain that everything you are was a great factor In his callings and activities . And how wonderful you must have been in caring for him as he dealt with cancer. How blessed he was to have you there. But oh!! To lose this tremendous human! I am so sorry. I send all my love. For now and in the future. Linda and Allen sumsion
Linda sumsion
October 18, 2021
Dear Becky, I'm so sad to hear of your loss. I can't even imagine how hard this must be. I hope the love and memories bring you comfort at this tender time. Sending love and prayers for you and your family.
Wendy Worthington Roberts
Friend
October 18, 2021
Dear Becky, I am so saddened by your loss. I hope you will be ok. I know your hopes for the future look so different now. My husband is also dealing with cancer and it is so hard. Hold on to your love and your memories. Your family will be there for you. Your high school friend, Ellen Johnston
Ellen Johnston Gwynn
October 18, 2021
Dearest Becky, I send my deepest sympathy on the passing of your beloved husband. He was a fine person and I enjoyed our association. I am thinking of you and how much love I have for you. You also are an exceptional individual. May God bless you with peace and support.
Carol Hutcheson
Friend
October 17, 2021
It was a distinct privilege to work with Dave for over a decade at First Security/Wells Fargo Insurance. He was a true professional, ensuring that his clients came first. And he dealt with all people in the humblest of ways, always with kindness and a sense of humor. We last had the opportunity to work together in 2018 where I asked him to assist me with a client. Once again, he displayed true professionalism and honesty. Dave was simply a great man. God bless the Nelson Family.
David Headden
Work
October 17, 2021
Irene Hansen
October 17, 2021
I am so grateful I got to see you both on our zoom Family Christmas party. Becky, I know how difficult this time can be and if you ever need to talk; I´m here to listen and be there for you. Prayers for you and your family. You are all loved.
Georgann Nelson Ranks
Family
October 16, 2021
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family Becky. We were so sad to hear of Dave´s battle with cancer. We remember Dave´s musical talents and his warm, caring and fun personality. And especially his love for you and his family and the gospel! Such a wonderful man who has impacted so many lives! May the Lord comfort and bless you and your family Becky. Dave and Beth Green
Dave and Beth Green
Friend
October 16, 2021
Dave was one of my favorite coworkers & friends. Always so positive & uplifting. I moved back to NW Georgia in 2007, but often think of my Utah friends. Dave has come to mind throughout the years since, he made a strong impression on me. I learned so much from his commitment to the Lord, his caring attitude & skillful management of his employees, whom he considered friends. I know you'll miss Dave until you see him again. I pray for your comfort, & that all the wonderful memories will carry you through till then.
Becky Burns
October 16, 2021
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