CASA GRANDE — Earl Price Nelson Jr., 83, died unexpectedly on May 24, 2021, while in recovery at Oasis Pavilion Nursing & Rehabilitation Center after a fall at home.

Mr. Nelson was born on June 20, 1937, in Trinidad, Colorado, and graduated from Trinidad High School in 1955. He enlisted in the Navy in September 1955, and for 15 years served overseas in places such as Japan and Guam, as well as in San Diego and Skaggs Island in California plus Washington. His specialty was cryptology and communications, and he was honorably discharged with the rank of senior chief petty officer.

Like many veterans, he was not immune to the stresses of his service. After suffering a mild stroke, he was guided to take advantage of services provided by the Veterans Administration. After leaving the Navy and living on the West Coast for many years, he moved to Arizona to be close to his sisters and lived in Casa Grande for 10 years before his death.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Linda Carter Nelson. He is survived by a brother, Dennis Nelson of Zephyr Cove, Nevada; a sister, Nicki Nelson of Marana; a daughter, Kathleen MacLeod of Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada; a son, Steve Bedow of Blaine, Washington; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. His death is also mourned by his close friend and roommate of 10 years, Dee Dee Rosales.

Interment in Arizona Veterans' Memorial Cemetery at Marana.

Donations may be made in his name to a veterans support group.

Angels in Waiting Cremation & Burial in charge of arrangements.

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