John Christian Nelson, age 82, died quietly with his family at his bedside on October 21, 2022 after a heroic battle with vascular dementia. John was born on June 14, 1940 in Denver, Colorado, to Elroy and Alice Nelson. He attended school at East High and graduated in 1958. Following high school, he served a two-year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Northern California. He later met the love of his life, Lynne Sanders Nelson, and they were married and sealed in the Salt Lake Temple on July 17, 1964. Following completion of medical school, they moved to Iowa City for his residency in Ophthalmology. A few years later, they returned to Salt Lake City where he established his private practice.

He had a great love for his Savior and was a faithful member of The Church. He loved serving the Lord, and as a dedicated member of Parleys Third Ward, he served in many cherished callings including the stake patriarch for the YSA students of the University of Utah, a patriarch in the Salt Lake Wilford Stake, and a devoted and influential scout leader.

He lovingly cared for his sweetheart Lynne in her final days as she passed of a brain tumor in 1999. Following the death of his wife, he married Mary Ann Warren. The two of them served as Visitor Center Directors at the St. George Temple. He faithfully took care of Mary Ann during her last years as she battled with breast cancer until her passing in 2016. He had the opportunity to marry Karon Sorenson in 2017, who supported and cared for him through his final days.

His love for his family will be fondly remembered. His example was poignant in his generosity and service to all. He gave us the gift of laughter through his sense of humor and was instrumental in cultivating our passion for music. He relished conducting our family musical celebrations and enthusiastically played his viola with his loved ones. Whenever classical music is played, he will certainly be near.

He was preceded in death by his mother and father; Elroy and Alice Nelson. He is survived by his six children, Christine Nelson Gregory (Kent), David C. Nelson (Melisa), Catherine Nelson Bohman (Wayne), Matthew John Nelson (Kelli), Steven Sharp Nelson (Julie), Camille Nelson Schwendener (Alvin), and his 19 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his three brothers; Art Nelson, Hank Nelson, Jim Nelson, and one sister, Tina Nelson Preston.

We would like to express our sincere gratitude to the caring staff of Dignity Home Health and Hospice and Beehive Homes. Thank you for your devoted care of our dear father.

A viewing will be held at Larkin Sunset Lawn, located at 2350 East 1300 South, Salt Lake City on Wednesday, October 26 from 6:00-8:00 pm. An additional viewing will be on Thursday, October 27 from 9:30-10:30 am, shortly before the funeral services at 11:00 am, located at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints chapel at 2220 East Fisher Lane, Salt Lake City. Interment at Larkin Sunset Lawn.

Services will be streamed and can be viewed by visiting www.larkinmortuary.com

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to a charity of your choice.

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Out friendship with John & Lynn started in Iowa ,it was a close knit Church Family that has lasted through the years, He was a great man of kindness and love through the years here as well as in Iowa. So sorry to hear of his passing, his children will carry on to spread Gospel light as he has instilled in them by his example. May you have the Comforter attend to you daily. Cleo Unsicker

RICHARD, Cleo Unsicker , Pleasant Grove, UT, US Oct 27, 2022

Out friendship with John & Lynn started in Iowa ,it was a close knit Church Family that has lasted through the years, He was a great man of kindness and love through the years here as well as in Iowa. So sorry to hear of his passing, his children will carry on to spread Gospel light as he has instilled in them by his example. May you have the Comforter attend to you daily. Cleo Unsicker

RICHARD, Cleo Unsicker , Pleasant Grove, UT, US Oct 27, 2022

Out friendship with John & Lynn started in Iowa ,it was a close knit Church Family that has lasted through the years, He was a great man of kindness and love through the years here as well as in Iowa. So sorry to hear of his passing, his children will carry on to spread Gospel light as he has instilled in them by his example. May you Hear the words of the Comforter attend to you daily. Cleo Unsicker

RICHARD, Cleo Unsicker , Pleasant Grove, UT, US Oct 27, 2022

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