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. Gwen says:

    I feel lucky to have had the opportunity to get to know such a wonderful guy who I came to think of as a brother. Everyone loved you and will miss you. You always made me laugh.

  2. Tami Halle says:

    You will be missed. I am truly grateful for all the fun times doing water sampling outside Newport. I loved all the photography, the photos you would email, and the pictures you allowed us to use in our annual reports.

  3. Tom Slayton says:

    You were a rock. Always so calm and cool, you made everything look easy, almost effortless. I recall Christmas Boat Parade Meetings where the entire Chamber of Commerce made me promise that you would drive the lead boat. They knew what we all knew; you had truly mastered your job, and did it better than anyone.

  4. John Whitman says:

    People like Willie are rare. He was a true professional who had a passion for his work, his peers, and especially his supervisors. He always came to work with a smile, and made everything he did look easy. He had a way making a hectic situation or incident look less so, which always helped reach an easier and successful conclusion. I will miss you, Brother. I will keep the passion alive for your “Anaheim” Angels and hope they bring you a championship.

  5. Willie,
    I knew from the day I met you in the academy, you were always going to be one of the good guys. You were a great classmate, silent warrior and brother in arms. It’s already been said but it’s worth repeating, we are all better off because you were in our lives. The department and people we serve are all better off because you were here. You will be missed but not forgotten. Rest In Peace my brother.

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