Vern Byron Nelson

Vern Byron Nelson

April 26, 1943 - February 07, 2018
Laguna Niguel CA

Vern Byron Nelson

April 26, 1943 - February 07, 2018
Laguna Niguel CA


Vern Bryan Nelson, age 74, passed away peacefully on February 7th, 2018, with his wife of 33 years, Shirley Ann Nelson and their six children at his side in Laguna Niguel, CA.

Bryan was born on April 26th, 1943 in Los Angeles, California. He married his eternal sweetheart Shirley Ann Olsen on September 8th, 1984 in the Salt Lake City Temple. As a father of six, he  supported his family by working 40+ years as a talented aerospace engineer. He loved spending time with his wife, 6 children and 15 grandchildren, especially at the beach, mountains, lakes and family weddings, birthdays, & other special events.  After retirement he  served an 18 month mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints with his wife Shirley in the Wellington New Zealand Mission. He loved being able to serve and grew to love the people.  He really enjoyed traveling the world with Shirley. And seeing many beautiful creations. He had a talent for photography and enjoyed taking and sharing his photos. He was grateful for calling to serve as a temple worker with his wife in the Newport Beach California LDS Temple for six years. Some of his children’s greatest memories were their long road trips together and their trips to Hawaii. He often bore witness of his love for his Savior Jesus Christ and the restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ on the earth. All will miss his smile, fun stories, and willingness to serve.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Byron O. Nelson and Ardith E. Nelson. He is survived by his wife Shirley, sister Deanna Nelson Sevigny, daughter Michelle Pattillo (Nathan), daughter Tonya A. Peterson (JR), son Brett J. Nelson (Julia), son Kevin B. Nelson (Katie), daughter Nicole E. Goettel (Bryce), daughter Jessica A. Nelson, and 15 grandchildren.

A viewing will be held at 10am on Tuesday, February 13th at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints on 22851 Aliso Creek Rd, Aliso Viejo, CA. Funeral services will start at 11am. Graveside services will occur at 10:30am, Saturday February 17th at Crescent Cemetery, 11105 State St., Sandy, Utah.



Funeral Service

  • Date & Time: February 13, 2018 (11:00 AM)
  • Venue: Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter-day Saints - Laguna Niguel
  • Location: 28291 Alicia Parkway Laguna Niguel, CA 92677 - (Get Directions)

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3 responses to Vern Byron Nelson

  1. Leah Gregson says:

    So grateful for the time I had with you and your family. Much of my childhood memories are wrapped up in your family. So sorry that I am so far away and unable to attend celebrating his life.

  2. We are truly sorry To the whole family on your loss of such a beloved man. We know he must have been a great person by the example he has set and continues to be demonstrated in the fine man/ dad that Brett is. We wish our sincere sympathy,

  3. Rachel Grice says:

    I had the pleasure of meeting Brian once and was impressed by his friendly hospitality. He was a great example through his service and love. His legacy will surely live on in the hearts of all who knew him and loved him. I send my deepest condolences and wish we could be there for the funeral services. Rachel Pattillo Grice

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