On September 22, 1998, George L. Nelson died peacefully of natural causes at the residence of his son, Bob Nelson, where he resided for five years. He was 101 years of age.
He was born on August 27, 1897 in Salt Lake City, Utah, to Axel and Josephine Nielsen, the seventh of nine children. Later the family name was changed to Nelson. On August 19, 1925 he married Ila Sheets Emms in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. Three children were born of the marriage, Gayle Nelson Cassity (deceased), George L. Nelson, Jr. (deceased) and Robert L. Nelson. His wife, Ila predeceased him on September 27, 1973. He has 22 grandchildren, 56 great grandchildren, and 20 great great grandchildren. On March 19, 1975 he married Elva Stubbs Heslington who survives him.At the time of his demise, he was a Patriarch in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He served as the first bishop of the Edgehill Ward, counselor in the Bonneville Stake presidency, and served as president of the Monument Park Stake for 18 years.
He received his legal education and Juris Doctor degree from The George Washington University in 1922 and until age 97, practiced law in Salt Lake City. He joined Vernon Romney in the practice of law in 1922 and they continued in a pure partnership together until the death of Vernon in 1976. Thereafter he associated in the law firm with his son in law, Donn E. Cassity and Vernon's son Vernon B. Romney.
He served as a Trustee of the L.D.S. Hospital for 14 years, as a director of the Deseret News Publishing Company for 16 years and as Vice President for three years and as President of Deseret News for three years. He served as deputy county attorney, was a member of the first committee to draft the Utah Rules of Civil Procedure, former member of Rotary Club, member of Phi Delta Phi Legal Fraternity and a Sigma Chi Fraternity.
George L. Nelson has always been a man of love and compassion for all the human family, and is not known to have ever argued, ridiculed or defamed the name of any person during his lifetime. His focus has always been on how his neighbors, family, or client could improve their own personal happiness and he knew and taught that following and obediently emulating the Savior was the only sure way to personal happiness and real success. As he departs from this mortal sphere, we lose his presence but his wisdom and example will never leave us.
Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. on Saturday September 26, 1998 in the Mt. Olympus 5th Ward Chapel, 3610 East 3510 South, Salt Lake City. Family and friends may call at Wasatch Lawn Mortuary, 3401 South Highland Drive on Friday September 25, 1998 from 6 to 9 p.m. and at the Ward on Saturday from 9 to 10:45 a.m. prior to services. Interment, Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park.
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