Charles Nelson Obituary (1952-2021) – Logan, UT
Charles Kofoed Nelson died peacefully at home on November 8, 2021 with his family by his side after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease. Charlie was born on December 20, 1952 to LaRue Henrie and Leon Kofoed Nelson in Salt Lake City, Utah. He married Caren Thalman on August 21, 1975 at the Logan, Utah Temple. He served two LDS missions: first when he was 19 years old in Chile, South America; and later with his wife in McAllen, Texas. Charlie and Caren raised their family in Wellsville for many years.
Charlie was a born teacher and a lifelong learner. Charlie earned his bachelor’s degree in Spanish, a master’s in secondary education, and a doctorate in educational administration while raising and supporting his family. He was a teacher, assistant principal, principal and director of education. His last calling as principal was in the Uintah School District in Vernal, Utah. Charlie wrote, “Leaders are nothing more than gifted, masterful educators with a tendency to make a bigger footprint.” As he wrote this, he was probably talking about others and had no idea that he was describing himself. Charlie was a masterful leader.
Charlie was an avid writer and often wrote letters to his wife, children, and many others. He was always there when you needed help with a problem. He practiced what he preached. They felt heard and understood; and he always had the logical help you were looking for.
Charlie was the best man by your side. He would hit for you every time. He lived his life full of vigor. Exercise, run marathons, and teach your kids how to work hard. Most of all he liked to play catch and talk. “Get your glove” was something he often said.
Charlie loved his wife so much. He said he made some parts of her life again so he could have done her right. Charlie cheered Caren. She was his best friend.
Charlie’s parents have already celebrated his return to heaven with him. His 5 children: Lindsay (Cade) Brenchley, Jesse Nelson, Eliza (Jeremey) LeBeau, Sam Nelson, Jenny (Jacob) Morgan, 3 brothers, 18 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild will miss him very much.
Charlie’s celebration of life takes place on Friday, November 19, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. at Davis 1st Ward Chapel (3990 South 1500 East, Vernal, Utah).
Instead of flowers, please donate to your favorite charity in Charlie’s name.
Published by the Logan Herald Journal on November 13th. until 11/11/2021.