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Arthur "Art" John Nelson
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Obituary for Arthur "Art" John Nelson

Arthur “Art” John Nelson, Sr, 94, the son of Oliver and Corella Nelson passed away on December 28, 2017 with family by his side. He was a descendent of the Santa Maria pioneer Nelson family with his grandfather, Ole, coming to Santa Maria Valley in 1876 from Denmark. Art was born and raised in Santa Maria. He attended local schools and graduated from Santa Maria High with the class of 1941 before going on to college. He proudly served three years in the US Navy during WWII. He was recently chosen to travel with other veterans to visit the WWII memorial in Washington DC.

He retired from Union Oil Co after 27 years. He ranched with his brothers Oliver and Bill on the family ranch in Nipomo for several years.

Art belonged to Hesperian Masonic Lodge in Santa Maria, York Rite, and Scottish Rite, of Santa Maria, Al Maliakah Shrine of Los Angeles, Santa Maria Shrine Club (past president), Santa Maria Elks (BBQ Team) and the Santa Maria Pioneer Association.

Art had a strong sense of community, traveled the World, loved God, and loved his extended family. He will be missed by many nieces and nephews as well as all his friends.

Arthur is survived by his son Arthur John Nelson Jr. (Sybil) of La Verne CA, grandsons Jaymo Luhrsen (Rachel) and Nelson Luhrsen (Petra) both of Sacramento and several great-grandchildren. He is predeceased by his daughter Margaret “Meg” Nelson, wife Mary, and second wife Betty, sisters Catherine Feland and Vivian Maniaci and brothers Oliver Nelson and William Nelson as well as his parents Oliver and Corella Nelson.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, January 13, 2018 at 2:00 PM in the chapel of the Dudley- Hoffman Mortuary in Santa Maria. Private inurnment will be held in the Memory Garden of the Dudley- Hoffman Columbarium.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers that you donate to the Los Angeles Shrine Hospital for Children or a charity of your choice.


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