May 8, 1927 – March 17, 2022
Orup Glade Nelson, age 94, of West Valley City, Utah, passed away at his home on March 17, 2022. Glade was born May 8, 1927, to Oskar Gottfrid Nelson and Lois Naomi Mitchell in Upalco, Utah.
Growing up as a cowboy in the Uinta Basin (his father was a first generation homesteader), he enlisted in the military in 1946. After starting college, he accepted a call to serve a two and a half year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saint in Stockholm, Sweden from 1950 to 1952. He married Cleone LeCheminant August 20, 1953, in the St. George, Utah Temple. He graduated from Brigham Young University in 1955 with a bachelor’s degree in education. Over the next 32 years he worked as an elementary school teacher first in Roosevelt, Utah and later retiring from Granite School district in Salt Lake County.
Glade and Cleone went on to serve together as missionaries in the Honduras-Belize mission, Stockholm Temple, and the Nauvoo Temple. He served throughout his life in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints wherever he was called, including bishop and a counselor in the stake presidency. He was a past president of the John Pack Family Association.
Glade is survived by his wife, Cleone, and his six children: Patricia (Kim) Simmons of Salem, Utah; David (Debbra) of Green Acres, Washington; Steven (Susan) of Gig Harbor, Washington; Janet (David) Christensen of Boise, Idaho; Laura (Trent) Passey of West Valley City, Utah; Paul (Sylvia) of West Valley City, Utah; 19 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
Life Story Info
Dear Nelson Family,
How sorry I am to see that my dear teacher, Mr. Nelson, passed away. I thought I might share some memories I have of your dad/husband/grandpa. Mr. Nelson is my favorite teacher of all time! The first year that Hunter Elementary was open, I was lucky enough to be in Mr. Nelson's fourth grade class. He quickly became my favorite teacher. Every day, after lunch, Mr. Nelson would spend 20-30 minutes reading to us from one of his favorite books. Those books became some of my favorite books (Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, Superfudge, and many more). This magical time each day, instilled a life long love, of reading in me. I loved Mr. Nelson's sense of humor and remember that on one April Fool's Day, he hid in our classroom closet as school was supposed to begin. He was always so kind and always had a twinkle in his eye. As fourth grade ended, I dreaded leaving Mr. Nelson's class. I was SO lucky, when the next year, Mr. Nelson ended up teaching a 4th/5th split class!!! I got to have him as my teacher for two whole years. He also taught me valuable life lessons, including kindness to others. I once took a fellow classmate's hat off after school and threw it into a giant puddle behind the school. Little did I know, that Mr. Nelson, had seen me do it from inside the school. The next day he asked me about the incident. He helped me to understand how unkind I had been and challenged me to do better. I'll always remember the sweaters he would wear over his button down shirts. He reminded me of Mr. Rogers :) I also have fond memories of going to Mill Hollow!
Over the years, I kept in touch with Mr. Nelson, periodically. I have visited his home on several occasions. For years I had a set of porcelain birds that he gave me, along with a note telling me how much he enjoyed being my teacher. I expressed to him several times over the years how dear he was to me. I wish I would have seen his obituary before today, as I certainly would have attended his service. I'm so glad he was my teacher.
May Heavenly Father be with your family, until you are reunited with your beloved father/grandfather/husband, once again.
Audrey VanTielen Rupp