Retired U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Col. David Alexander Nelson, 61, of Warrenton, passed away November 26, 2017, at Fauquier Hospital.
He was born April 18, 1956, in Anchorage, Alaska, to Paul and Valeria Flesher Nelson and lived in multiple states and countries growing up. As part of a military family, he never spent more than three years in one place. When his father retired, the family moved back to the family farm in Pelican Rapids, Minnesota, where he then graduated high school.
After high school, he attended the United States Air Force Academy for three years. Lt. Col. Nelson completed college at Texas Christian University while he was serving in the Air Force in Texas. After he finished his service with the Air Force, he moved back to Minnesota to work on the family farm with his parents. Two years later, he rejoined the military, enlisting in the Mr. Nelson and receiving his commission soon after. He honorably served his country for more than 23 years, retiring in 2008 as a lieutenant colonel in the USMC with many awards of distinction.
Lt. Col. Nelson was most recently a teacher and a tutor at Highland School in Warrenton. He will be sorely missed by his family and friends.
Survivors include by his loving wife, Pamela Maria Nelson of Warrenton; five children, Erik Alexander Nelson of Portsmouth, Justin Paul Nelson and wife Amanda of Chesapeake, Samantha Louise Nelson of Marshall, Cassandra Jeanne Nelson of Warrenton and Zachary David Nelson of Warrenton; two brothers, Steven Nelson and wife Vera of Pelican Rapids, Minnesota, and Lloyd Nelson and wife Donna of Pelican Rapids, Minnesota; a grandson, Matthew Joseph Nelson of Chesapeake, and numerous nieces and nephews.
A private family service was held at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, and he was buried with U.S. Marine Corps honors at Quantico National Cemetery in Triangle.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project