In memory of

Thomas Nelson

Nov 13, 1962
Jul 29, 2022


On Friday, July 29th, 2022, Thomas Nelson, loving husband, father and dog-dad, passed away at the age of 59.

Tom was born on November 13th, 1962 in Salem, OR to Joseph and Alberta Nelson. Tom attended North Salem High School, graduating in 1980. After high school, he worked as an EMT and resident volunteer firefighter for the City of Monmouth. Tom graduated from Chemeketa Community College’s Fire Protection program and went on to have a long career with the City of Salem as a firefighter, including having served over a decade as the Battalion Chief and Chief Deputy. On January 13th, 1990, he married Terry Larson and gained a wonderful stepson, Christopher. Together they raised two daughters, Erica and Rachael.

Tom enjoyed nature and was an avid bird watcher. After hearing a bird call, he could name the type of bird in an instant. Tom enjoyed cycling, skiing and walking for exercise. He grew up skiing at Hoodoo and frequented the slopes all through life. He could be found out at 4am walking many miles before a shift, or to and from the beach on family Florida trips. Tom was known for his thoughtfulness, quick wit, and beautiful singing voice. He proudly called himself a “classroom mom” while volunteering at his children’s elementary school. Tom’s humor made him a student-favorite chaperone on his daughters’ choir trips, and he was always the first one humming the key to start Happy Birthday at parties. He spent much time taking care of his dachshunds, having had seven over the years, and found great joy in watching after his grandchildren. Tom was a selfless man who put others before himself and would do anything for those he loved, especially his family.

Tom is survived by his wife, Terry, his children, Christopher, Erica and Rachael, his grandchildren, Eden, Ari and Ronen, as well as his three siblings, Karen, Laurie and Ron.

A memorial gathering will be held on Saturday, August 13th, 2022 at their home from 1-4pm, with a special commemoration at 2pm.

Service Information

Memorial Gathering
Saturday, August 13th, 2022 1-4pm
Special Commemoration at 2pm.
Nelson Family Residence

Messages of Sympathy

  1. Karla says:

    So sorry to read this
    My deepest sympathies to all
    Blessed be his Memory

  2. Chrissie & Steve says:

    "The life of a person is measured not with years but with the footprint he leaves in other people's lives, thoughts and hearts."
    We love you Tom

  3. Cathy LeVeille says:

    Terry, I'm so sorry for your loss. I remember seeing Tom a time or two at spin class. My prayers are with you and your family.

  4. Becky Kelly says:

    So very saddened to read your post today. My heart is breaking for you and your family. I wish I could have met him on one of your trips to Florida. Sending you bigs hugs of comfort.

  5. Sonja Hutchinson says:

    You and Tom made a beautiful life together. I am deeply sorry for your loss. Sending peace and love.

  6. Julie and Mike Mischkot says:

    Terry I am so sorry to hear about Tom, he was such a kind sweet man. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family❤️

  7. Pat C. says:

    Terry, this is such a shock and so hard to understand. Tom was a good person and I know he brought years of happiness in your life and those of the children. May you feel the arms of our Heavenly Father embrace you as you grieve such a loss.

  8. Ann kelly says:

    Thoughts and prayers are with you. So sorry for your loss.

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