March 29, 1933 – June 30, 2016
Manfred R. Nelson died peacefully on the morning of June 30, 2016, from the effects of dementia.
Manny was born in Jackson, Wyo., on March 29, 1933, to Neal and Ilena Nelson. He loved returning to that beautiful part of the country as often as
he could. He graduated from Jackson-Wilson High School in 1951, and served a mission to Sweden from 1953 to 1956. He attended Brigham Young University and the University of Utah, and medical school at George Washington University. During this time he joined Air Force ROTC. He served in the United States Air Force for 20 years, retiring at the rank of colonel.
In 1956 he married Inga-Lena Carlstrom, and together they had three children: Mark, Jeanette and Sarah. They later divorced. In 1977 he married Carol Croft King, who brought her two children, Bryan and Michele, into their family. Together they had two more children, Rachel and Rebecca. Manny and Carol served three missions together: as medical advisors to the Pacific Islands Area, at the Stockholm Sweden Temple and as a substitute medical doctor for the Nauvoo mission.
Manny practiced medicine as a general surgeon and flight surgeon in the U.S. Air Force. Following his retirement from the Air Force he practiced at the BYU Health Center and at the hospitals in Eagar, Ariz., and Monticello, Utah. He lived a life of Christ-like service, both as a medical doctor and as a devoted member of the LDS Church. Whether serving as a bishop, a member of the high council, a gospel doctrine teacher, a temple worker or a ward greeter, he fulfilled any calling faithfully. Kindness, gentleness and patience were the hallmarks of his life. His love and example will continue to bless and inspire many generations to come.
Manny is survived by his wife, Carol; his sister RaVoe Christensen; brother-in-law Steven Graff, D.D.S.; his seven children, Jeanette (Larry) Runyon, Mark (Heidi) Nelson, Sarah (Cory) Leavitt, Bryan (Catherine) King, Michele Leafdale, Rachel (Eric) Jenkins and Rebecca (Peter) Geilman; 27 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Neal and Ilena Nelson, and his sister JaNeal Graff.
Funeral services were held on Wednesday, July 6, 2016, at the Cascade 7th Ward Chapel in Orem, Utah. The family has requested that contributions be made to the LDS Perpetual Education Fund, the LDS Missionary Fund or another charity of your choice. Condolences may be offered to the family online at www.walkersanderson.com.
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