The Seward Phoenix Log - News of the Eastern Kenai Peninsula since 1966

Donald Gene 'Donnie' Nelson, Jr.


October 26, 2017 | View PDF

Seward resident Donald Gene "Donnie" Nelson, Jr., 44, passed away Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017 at home.

Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 20, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Mile 5.5 Seward Hwy., Seward.  Viewing will be 2 hours prior to services.

Nelson was born Dec. 30, 1972 in Provo, Utah. He moved to Alaska on June 26, 1986 with his family. He had lived Kenai and Moose Pass before making Seward his home.

Nelson had worked for the Bakery at the Harbor, Thorn's Showcase Lounge, Harbor Dinner Club and, most recently, Ms. Gene's Place.

Nelson was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  He enjoyed hiking, camping and cooking.

His family wrote, "Donnie was an avid fisherman and hunter. His father and his brother, Matt, were his fishing and hunting buddies. Donnie was a jack of all trades. If it needed to be found he could find it and if it needed to be fixed, he could fix it. He was always eager to help when he could."

One fond memory of Donnie's mother was how appreciative he was of every gift he ever received, big or small. She recalled how he would love to model for you his new hats, shirts, etc. What the family really wishes to be remembered about Nelson is that he loved passionately and deeply and was deeply loved.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, David and Anna Nelson and Ray and Therma Giles.

Donnie is survived by his parents, Donald and Mary Nelson, Sr .; brothers and sister-in-law, David Nelson and Matthew and Rachel Nelson and Andrew Nelson; sister and brother-in-law, Anna and Michael Gunter; nieces and nephews, Jack, Luke, Ava, Kaia, Kale and Ellie Gunter, Eli and Harmony Steere, and Faith and Grace Nelson, all of Seward; his "Alaskan Brother," Steve Kunnuk of Shelton, Wash .; and many uncles, aunts, cousins and friends spread throughout the globe.

Memorial donations and condolences may be sent to P.O. Box 3214, Seward, AK 99664. There will also be a gofundme account set up.

Arrangements were by Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai.


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