Jan A. Nelson, 71, a resident of the Mist community succumbed to COPD and lung cancer.
JAN PATRICK ALLEN NELSON was born on July 28, 1943, in Ottawa, Kansas, son of the late Allen Graffham and Jeannette (Flannery) Denis. He was raised all over the midwest and received his diploma from Van Nuys High School in California.
He was a veteran of the Cuban Missile Crisis, having joined the Coast Guard at the age of 17 in 1960. He served four years until he received his honorable discharge in 1964.
Jan was united in marriage to Cindy (Parks) in October, 1971, in California. They made their home in the San Fernando Valley before moving to Mist, Oregon in March of 1980 where they have resided since.
Following his military career Jan worked at Charm Lamps, Northridge and DelMar Country Clubs, Norskog Industries, Olympic Forest Products and lastly he worked maintenance for TriMet buses. He retired from TriMet in 2005.
Among his special interests he enjoyed gardening, fishing, remote-control cars and airplanes, ping pong, photography, working around the house and politics.
Jan is preceded in death by his parents, Allen Graffham, Jeannette Denis and step-father James Nelson.
Survivors include his wife Cindy, four children and their spouses; LeJanne and Kefty Eaton, of Las Vegas, Nevada, Kyle and Stephanie Nelson, of Vernonia, Oregon, Kory and Tim Littleton, of Clatskanie, Oregon, and Kendell Nelson, of Mist, Oregon; a sister Joan Lester, of California.
Also surviving are his nine grandchildren, Kenny, Corbin, Levi, and Leiah Nelson, Dalton, Haley and Elianna Littleton, Arizona and Montana Eaton.
A potluck in celebration of life will be held August 30th at the Mist-Birkenfeld Fire Department at 2:00 PM. The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Mist-Birkenfeld Fire Association, 12525 Highway 202, Mist, Oregon 97016.
Tualatin Valley Funeral Alternatives of Hillsboro is in charge of the arrangements. 503-693-7965
Private Cremation Rites will be held at Hoyt Crematory in Forest Grove, Oregon.