James Nelson

James Ronald Nelson

Tuesday, December 20th, 1988 - Friday, January 24th, 2020
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James Ronald Nelson, 31, passed away Saturday January 25, 2020 in Akron Ohio. He was born on December 20, 1988 in Orem, Utah to Brian Nelson and Lori Jackson. At the age of 13 James and his family left Utah and moved to Ohio where he graduated from Copley High School. James loved Ohio and considered it his home.

James loved playing games with his family. He also loved the outdoors and had a great sense of adventure. His brothers describe him as a fearless daredevil. James loved his brothers deeply. He had a kind and caring nature about him and thought of others first. He easily saw the good in others. James touched many lives and will be greatly missed.

James is survived by his Fiancée Emily Loew (Carter 4), son Oliver 4, parents Brian Nelson and Lori (Scott) Jackson, siblings Daniel 33, Michael 28, Kevin 26, Scottie 17, Ryan 12, Jayden 10, Travis 9, Thomas 8, Luke 6, Nate 6, Rebecca 6, grandmothers Betty Glenn and Sharon Nelson, aunts, uncles and many cousins. He is preceded in death by grandfathers Ronald Glenn and Paul Nelson, Aunt Kathy and cousin Mitchell.

Funeral services will be held Monday, February 2, 2020 at 3:00 pm, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Nephi 2nd Ward Chapel, 222 S 100 E, Nephi, UT. Interment will follow at Nephi City Cemetery.

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  • Visitation

    Monday, February 3rd, 2020 | 1:30pm - 3:00pm
    Monday, February 3rd, 2020 1:30pm - 3:00pm
    The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' Nephi 2nd Ward Chapel
    222 S 100 E
    Nephi, Utah 84648
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Funeral Service

    Monday, February 3rd, 2020 | 3:00pm
    Monday, February 3rd, 2020 3:00pm
    The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' Nephi 2nd Ward Chapel
    222 S 100 E
    Nephi, Utah 84648
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Interment

    Monday, February 3rd, 2020 | 4:15pm
    Monday, February 3rd, 2020 4:15pm
    Nephi Cemetery
    Address Not Available
    Nephi, Utah 84648
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Brian Gashler

Posted at 04:49pm
James was usually early when he came to pick me up for early morning Seminary around 6 a.m. He had a way of instantly elevating my mood as soon as I got in the car with him each morning. We would usually blast his favorite Nickelback song, but often times we would also goofily sing along to efy songs. All the while we would play a game where we were looking for cars with a headlight out and laugh our way to the church building. James always had a trick up his sleeve, always had a pun or a harmless practical joke to share. During freshman year, I was able to stay over with the Nelson boys for about a week and we had a blast! James taught me how to impress girls and he even let me wear his trendy clothes. He was always very charismatic and had a gift for directing exciting conversation.

Last Summer, James and I hung out at a concert at UVU. I hadn't seen him in many years , and lots of devastating things that happened in his life. It was so refreshing to see that James had maintained his Charisma, enthusiasm, and genuine loving attitude, despite the many hardships he had been through. He admitted to me that he was struggling with some habits, but that he had largely overcame some of his most vicious vices. He told me that he was highly motivated by his son and lived to be an example for him. He told me that having his own son changed everything about his life. He said that he was more than willing to work hard to support him and that he felt an unbreakable connection with him despite the distance. We resolved to be our best selves through becoming more active in our wards, being open and honest with her friends and Families, therapy and meditating. We talked about our goals for the future and resolved to right our wrongs. As James told me his story with deep sincerity, I had overwhelming chills, because I knew that she had been through some deep Waters and that I was not in the position to fully empathize with. I could tell that he had a lot of inner conflict in his struggles, but ultimately had a deep will to do good.

As he was telling me his story, I felt the same sincerity and conviction as I did when he share his testimony at youth conference 12 years prior. I imagine James on the other side, squeezing the Savior with the same fervor that hugged me with as we reunited after all those years. He's probably playing fun practical jokes on his ancestors right now :)

David Larson

Posted at 04:36pm
James was one of the best friends I could have ever had. We met in High School and hit it off at a time that I really needed a good friend who would be a good influence on me. We helped each other in our faith in Christ and always talked about spiritual things. He soon felt like family to me and to this day I consider him my brother. James was so funny and could always make everyone laugh in any situation. We used to tease a mother and father goose at a movie theater every weekend. We did it so much that the geese knew our car and would start charging us before we could even park the car and get out. We thought it was the funniest thing in the world. We always made the most of our time, even in situations that could have been boring. My favorite thing about James was how good he was. He had a good heart and a pure spirit. I always feel good around him and felt uplifted. He had strong faith in Christ and was always there for me. I hope I can follow his example and be there for family and friends like he was. His passing has been really hard for me, but I know that I will see my best friend again and rejoice together in the next life. God be with you til we meet again James.
- Your brother David Larson

Eric Gashler

Posted at 04:31pm
James had the ability to light up a room wherever he went, having all the charisma of Will Smith, tenacity of Muhammad Ali, hilarity of Robin Williams, and sharp wit of Marshall Matters.
It never took long, when amongst any group of people, be that a party, at church, or essentially any social setting, for James to be the center of attention and win over all of those around him. I remember going with James to a few different church dances where James would always round up a dance circle and then perform back handsprings causing everyone on the entire dance floor to cheer him on; once earning the spotlight however, James was always sure to shift the attention on to others and made them feel important and appreciated. Everyone wanted to be James' friend, and just the same James truly was a friend to everyone.

James loved his family and would defend them to the ends of the earth, along with anyone whom he considered to be in his inner circle of friends, which undoubtedly included just about all of us. I remember having countless conversations with James about how he was trying to be a better example to his brothers and wanted for nothing more than for everyone in his family to be at their happiest. When James' son came along, he became more motivated than ever to be a great father and someone that his son could look up to. James is the kind of guy that would do absolutely anything within his ability for any one of us. He always made time to hang out regardless of what else he had going on. You could never be in better company than when spending time with James.

James had a great sense of humor, making hilarious moments out of the most mundane and trivial things. He'd never think twice about making a joke at his own expense when he knew that it would make others around him laugh. I once saw James put himself in the line of fire of an angry mother goose defending her eggs. This goose, James had encountered at a movie theater parking lot. I watched as James allowed himself to be attacked by this hissing, snappy goose all for the sake of having a good laugh. This was an event that James brought up constantly when reminiscencing, as though it were a truly special moment that we shared together. So much so that during the couple of occasions that my wife had the opportunity to meet James, she recounts him retelling the event and cracking the hugest smile each time he'd tell it. She made sure I mention that story to him when I went to go visit him at the hospital knowing if anything that was sure to help lighten the mood and bring back a flood of memories of good and happier times.

James was an incredible friend who was like a brother to me. He would never hold anything back, and would always lift my spirit whenever I was in his presence. I couldn't have had a better friend than James and know he's currently on the other side cheering each one of us on who ever had the privilege to get to know him.

Sarah Johnson Barrio

Posted at 01:44am
I knew James when I was very young, but remember him as always having a kind smile. My heart breaks for your family. I love you all and my thoughts and prayers are with you. Love Sarah (Johnson) Barrio

Much love, ken, Charlene, Terri and Jerry

Posted at 08:41pm
Sending our love, prayers and support during your time of sorrow. Hugs to all!!!
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