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Eric Nelson

Eric Nelson

Eric Victor Nelson

1949 - 2020

Eric passed away peacefully on March 13, 2020, due to respiratory complications from a neuromuscular disease. He was born December 13, 1949 in Salt Lake City to Frank Victor and Jean Anderson Nelson. Eric moved to Park City in 1978 where he and his wife, Melinda Vetter Nelson raised their three children: Summer, Abbey (Jason) and Nick (Iona). Mindy passed away 4 months earlier, in November 2019, from pancreatic cancer complications. They were married 47 years. Eric grew up in Salt Lake City and attended Highland High School. He attended the University of Utah studying Political Science and was a trained medic in the Utah National Guard. Eric worked as a real estate agent for the entire time he lived in Park City. He loved his life in Park City, and the community loved him. It was the perfect place for him to build a life and raise a family, as he could be a part of his greatest joy, the outdoors. Eric loved skiing, golfing, playing sports with his kids, and especially mountain biking. Being in the mountains was his greatest joy, along with spending time with his family and friends. His family finds great peace in the fact that he does not have to live in his recent weakened state, unable to participate in his passions. Eric loved people. He loved debating, politics, games, good food, movies, the Utah Jazz, the San Francisco Giants and University of Utah football. He was endlessly funny and sarcastic. His wish for his obituary was for it to simply say, "Eric is Gone!" He was also loving, generous, and strong. He battled an ultimately undiagnosed neuromuscular illness the last years of his life with positivity. As his body got weaker, he never gave up hope that he could find an answer that may help him to return to a better quality of life. Eric made the most of his last years and months, and was able to spend time with his family, friends, loyal dog Cooper, and his granddaughter Poppy. He enjoyed reading her books, although he would much rather have been teaching her to ski or to ride a bike. He was also able to be a loving caretaker for his wife Mindy in her last years. Eric undoubtedly was a family man and would do anything for the people he loved. Eric is survived by his three children, his granddaughter, and his three brothers: Kent (Pamela), Ron (Sharon), and Jeff (Janet). He adored his aunts, Mindy's extended family, and all his many nephews and nieces, who called Eric the "favorite uncle." He also is survived by countless friends, many that have been in his life for decades. Eric had an outpouring of love, support, cooking, companionship, and assistance in his last days. He was not used to being in a situation that required help, but he and his kids were so appreciative. The family would like to thank all the doctors, caretakers, friends, family and the community of Park City for all they did to help Eric. A service to celebrate his life will be held, however due to the current COVID-19 outbreak that date is yet to be determined. An announcement will be made with service details once all his family and friends are able to gather and we have more information.

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03/19/20 04:30 PM #1    

James Peters

Our deepest condolences and heartfelt wishes to Mindy, and Eric's family and friends.  Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.  I do remember Eric very well, and he had such a great personality and sense of humor.  A truely popular, likeable, and nice person!  Jim (and Sarah) Peters  

03/20/20 11:35 AM #2    

Paul Gibson

Eric was a good friend and high school buddy and always sought to reconnect after high school. I remember him as one of the "good guys" and will always remember his fun personality. My best wishes for peace and condolences to his family. 

03/20/20 12:30 PM #3    

Margaret King

Words fail.  First Mindy and now Eric -- two of my favorite people.   I'm heartbroken.  

03/20/20 04:31 PM #4    

John Matson

We all developed friendships through our school years but to have kindled a best friend, especially a friendship that lasts for over 50 years is truly a blessing. Patty and I have been fortunate enough to have shared that with both Mindy and Eric. To have lost both of these souls in such a short period of time is almost more than family and close friends can comprehend. It truly has left a hole in our hearts. To Summer, Nick and Iona, Abbey, Jason and Poppy and extended family, our hearts and sympathy go out to you.
To "Victory", my buddy, I may not be able to pick up the phone and call you or send you a text but you will always make me laugh, make me think and make me happy. "Eric is gone", but will always be remembered.

03/21/20 04:08 PM #5    

Mark Higgins

Eric…Thanks for the many years on the ski runs Buddy, unforgettable. I will miss you immensely, as will the entire ski group. We will watch over your kids. Give Mindy a hug for me. RIP 

03/22/20 12:59 PM #6    

Cindy Bernson (Slagle)

Such terribly sad news.  I have fond memories of happy-go-lucky Eric in high school.  I'm grateful that I got to visit with both Eric and Mindy at the reunion.  Hearfelt condolences tp their family and friends. 

03/22/20 01:46 PM #7    

Ron Branca

I can still see Eric, Brent Hewlett and so many others in the orange jumpsuits at the Highland football games!  There was no one that had more fun in highschool than Eric.  So hard to believe that both Eric and Mindy are gone.  Eric, thanks for all the basketball games, the rounds of golf and the crazy fun we had in highschool.  We all were very lucky to know you both!

03/27/20 06:04 PM #8    

Barbara Bennett (Maloney)

So heartbreaking! First Mindy and now Eric. Two larger-than-life fabulous people are gone way too soon. Heartfelt condolences to their children and granddaughter. They brought much laughter and joy to all who know them.

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