Gregg Nelson, of Riverton, Utah passed away suddenly on Sunday October 18, 2020. After battling cancer, his fight was cut short due to complications.
Gregg was born on May 14, 1956 to Erwin and Lorne Dalton and was later adopted by A. Dana and Mary Lou Nelson. He grew up in Bountiful, Utah and spent many of his teen age years in Star Valley Wyoming. He was introduced to the gospel of Jesus Christ through his adoptive parents and developed a beautiful testimony. He had such a love for them that he named each of his children with the middle name Dana as a sign of love and respect.
Gregg graduated from Viewmont high school in 1975 and went on a two-year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. He served in the Rochester, New York mission. He felt blessed to be a part of the Hill Cumorah Pageant while he served.
After returning home, he met and fell in love with Terri Lee Whitford on a blind date. She became his eternal companion in the Salt Lake City Temple where they were sealed for time and all eternity on January 20, 1978. After being diagnosed with cancer not many days went by that Gregg didn’t ask if Terri would marry him all over again. Without hesitation her answer was always yes.
Gregg is survived by his best friend and loving wife Terri Lee; children: Andrew Dana (Jennifer), Richard, Melissa, Jonathan (Beth), Robert, and Benjamin (Maria); He is also survived by his15 amazing grandchildren. His grandchildren were precious and dear to him. He valued time with his family above everything else.
Gregg is also survived by five brothers and two sisters; Jerry, Rick, Julie, David, Lonnie, Ronnie and Vicki. His brothers Scott and Steve preceded him in death. Though they grew up in different homes he cherished his siblings and enjoyed the time he spent with them.
Gregg felt that his greatest accomplishment in life was raising his six children and his 42 years of marriage to Terri. He took many opportunities at family gatherings to express his love with words reflecting his testimony. He often worked many jobs at a time to keep his family fed and cared for. He taught the value of hard work. Gregg watched out for others and though it went unnoticed, he would often take meals to neighbors in need, regularly calling on one of the grandkids to walk with him and help carry things, reminding his grandkids that life is about caring for others. He was exemplary when it came to do good and serving others.
Funeral Services will be held Friday, October 23, 2020 at 2:00 pm at the Schwab Funeral Chapel (211 Jepperson, Thayne, WY 83127). Viewing will be at Schwab Funeral Chapel on the same day from noon to 1:45 pm. Interment will be at Freedom Cemetery, Idaho next to his parents.
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