Clay Nelson
1973 - 2019
Our baby Clay Nelson drummed his way into heaven Dec. 13, 2019. Clay was born Oct. 3, 1973, to Clara Stevens, of Stevens Village, and Donald Nelson, of Florida. He was raised in Stevens Village, surrounded by love, with Sitsoo Hilda Stevens, and could often be found in her arms.
Clay was a natural leader who served as a wildland firefighter. He was both a crew boss and a helitack crew member. He was well known and very outgoing. Clay had many friends throughout the Interior, in Fairbanks and surrounding villages. He was always kind, giving and willing to to help his friends from all walks of life. Clay generously gave his time to all his nieces and nephews. Clay often checked in on his elders to give them a hug and a smile. Most important to Clay was the love he had for all his children. We love our Tse'etse'tl'och, and he will be greatly missed and will always be in our hearts.
Clay is survived by his children, Clayton "CJ" Nelson, Naomi Nelson and Kaylee (Josh) Fischer, Cara Jones, Gianna Nelson-Koutchak, Conan Olsen and Kiara Clara "Nova" Murphy; his grandchildren, Jordanna, Trinity and Khrystian; mother, Clara Journey; father, Donald (Jeanette) Nelson; sisters, Neelta Burgess, Renee Nelson Barlow, Denise Nelson and Amy Nelson; uncles, Don (Suzanne) Stevens, Al (Lonnie) Stevens, Gerald Stevens and Ben (Carrie) Stevens; aunties, Susan Stephens, Jessie Wallingford, Hilda Rogers and Beverly George; special cousins who were like his siblings, Jay Stevens, Cecilia (Kevin) Simon, Diane George and Bunny Stevens.
He is preceded in death by his grandmother, Hilda Stevens; special grandfather, Winthrop Silver; aunties, Ethel Stevens, Norma Stevens, Bessie McMath and Lucy Stevens; uncles, Theodore Stevens, Walter Stevens and Herb George.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m.Friday, Dec. 20, 2019, at the Chief David Salmon Tribal Hall, with viewing at 10 a.m. Clay will be taken him home to rest in Stevens Village.
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Published by Daily News-Miner on Dec. 20, 2019.
10:00a.m. - 11:00a.m.
Chief Andrew Isaac Health Center
, AK
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Chief Andrew Isaac Health Center
, AK
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Dad I miss you so much I loved every moment we had together I hope you doing well I love you so much and I miss you.
Gianna Nelson
April 5, 2021
In loving memory of a wonderful person. I love you and miss you always.
Happy Heavenly New Year 2021 my Brother! I miss hearing you call out my name "Bum"
December 31, 2020
Missing you Clay, you leaving us has definitely made an impact on each one of us. Clay you are good people. Life isn't the same without you. Thank you for accepting me as family, like a sister and loving my kids. See you someday.
Terri Smoke
December 23, 2020
The best dad in the whole world. Thank you for being my dad, so blessed.
Kaylee Nelson
April 7, 2020
Kaylee Nelson
January 3, 2020
The world will never be the same without you. I know you are in a better place. Rest in Paradise Clay!
Colleen Jonas
December 21, 2019
So sorry to hear this and that I could not make it into town today. Sending you healing loving thoughts for your whole family.
Pat Fox
Pat Fox
December 20, 2019
Rest in peace Clay.
Wilma Flyinghorse
December 20, 2019
We love cousin.❤
Miranda Carroll
December 20, 2019
Clay thank you for friendship and being Uncle to our kids, we all loved and will miss you. Fly high Clay.
Terri Smoke and family
December 20, 2019
Karen Nelson
December 20, 2019
RIP Clay
It was a blessing to have known you.
Condolences to all family and friends. This is a heartbreaking tragedy
Renee Carrie
December 20, 2019
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