THOMAS (TOM) WILLIAM NELSON April 22, 1959 – Jan. 18, 2021
It is with sadness and budding peace, that our family shares the passing of Thomas (Tom) William Nelson.
In the early morning of January 18, 2021, the Jemez Mountains lost a friend. Thomas (Tom) William Nelson, born on April 22, 1959, loved those mountains. Tom grew up in Los Alamos and graduated from Los Alamos High School in the class of 1977. He attended New Mexico State University.
After college, Tom was called back to Los Alamos and the healing of the Jemez Mountains, where he and his first wife, Annette, decided to get married and build their own home. Tom’s work ethic and diverse proclivities were well represented in his places of work: Philomenas Restaurant, the Los Alamos Landfill, and The Finishing Touch. It was there that Tom learned and began to cultivate what he loved most in his career, carpentry. His passion and skills were manifested in the design and building of that first sunny, passive solar home, where he and Annette invested time to build the home with minimal contracting. It was, and still stands, as a truly beautiful home, and physical reminder of Tom’s skills and pride.
Tom’s next stage of life included his marriage to Karen and a move from the Jemez home back to Los Alamos, his place of birth. It was then that he started his career at the Los Alamos National Laboratory as a records management specialist. Tom spent many years dedicating his career to the national laboratory and moved into his second home, in Rio Rancho in 2003.
Tom continued to work on building and homes intermittently, supporting his daughter to upgrade the first home in which she lived during college. Tom’s career came to a close in 2018, at which time he began to invest more in self-development and recovery. Tom met and married Jean, in 2017.
Tom loved to golf, play baseball and attend concerts and sporting events. He became quite adept at golf and would participate in many local, regional, and national golf tournaments. His charisma and athletic nature built him lasting friendships across his many places of residence.
Tom’s affinity for Nature shone in his love of hiking and walking in the mountains. He began to delve into fly fishing, earnestly studying how to improve his technique – always ready for more self-discovery and learning.
Tom was preceded in death by his father, whom he looked up to with great respect, Gilbert.
Tom is survived by his wife, Jean; and two children of his first wife, beloved daughter Rachel; son, Dustin; and grandson Aldo (Rachel). He is also survived by his deeply loved and supportive mother, Virginia, Brother Gilbert (Carol), sister Barbara, sister Eleanor (Marcel), brother Matt (Tammy). Also, nephews, Matthew, James, Marcel, Stewart. Tom had an expansive and tender heart.
It is with a deep resonance that we acknowledge that he will be missed by all who loved and continue to love him. His family has carried and held Tom in profound ways throughout life and his passing brings waves of memories to so many.
Tom will be laid to rest alongside his grandfather Harry Eckert at Guaje Pines Cemetery where there will be a graveside Committal service on Tuesday, January 18, 2022, after a mass of Christian Burial at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church at 11:00 am. A box lunch will be provided. All are welcome to attend.
In place of flowers, please send donations to Greenpeace Fund. Condolences can be mailed to Nelson, 5005 Suncup Court NW, Albuquerque, NM 87120.