William Edward Nelson Jr.

William Edward Nelson Jr.

March 28, 1956 - May 12, 2018
Laguna Niguel CA

William Edward Nelson Jr.

March 28, 1956 - May 12, 2018
Laguna Niguel CA


William Edward Nelson, Jr
March 28, 1956 – May 12, 2018

William Edward Nelson, also known as Bill, Willie, or Wilbur, died on Saturday, May 12, 2018 at the age of 62. He was surrounded by family.
He was born in Southern California on March 28th, 1956 to William & Betty Nelson and is survived by his daughters Amy Lauro and Jenna Moore, ex-wife Melanie Nelson, sister Laura Fong, brother Chip Nelson and grandson Scotty Lauro, Jr.
William was a devoted father, grandfather, brother and uncle who had a passion for the ocean and working as a Deputy Sheriff for the Orange County Sheriff’s Department in the Harbor Patrol. He also loved photography and rooting for the Angels and the Chargers.
There will be a private burial at sea, followed by an open celebration of life at the American Legion for family and friends on Sunday, May 20th, at 1:00pm. Flowers or remembrance gifts can be sent to the American Legion for the celebration on Sunday.
Sunday, May 20th at 1:00pm
American Legion Newport Harbor
215 E 15th Street
Newport Beach, CA 92663

Memorial Service

  • Date & Time: May 20, 2018 (1:00 PM)
  • Venue: American Legion
  • Location: 215 15th Street Newport Beach, CA 92663 - (Get Directions)

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17 responses to William Edward Nelson Jr.

  1. Jeff says:

    Willie you were a friend, a gentle soul, and always lifted the spirits of those around you. I count myself fortunate to have met and worked with you and called you friend. You will be missed.


  2. John Cooper says:

    The shifts went by quickly when I worked with Willie! It was always a pleasure to be partnered up with the most patient man in the Harbor Patrol, and an honor to be his friend. He brought many smiles and laughter to all of us… he will truely missed at our retirement events! Many, many Thanks!

  3. Oh Willie, my buddy. I’m so blessed to have met and worked with you. Your kind heart and constant support always brightened my day. Thanks for the smiled and words of encouragement when I needed them. You will forever be in my heart. RIP.

  4. I urge everyone not to cry and mourn over his death, rather rejoice that such
    a man existed. The world was and is a better place, because you were here.
    I’m honored to have called you my brother.

  5. Jenna we never met your father but u are a true luv that we know. Keenan just lost his father and it is difficult. Rest In Peace together and know they are in a great place. May the lord get us thru these times.

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