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Dennis Dale Nelson Obituary

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Dennis Dale Nelson

Yuba City, California

January 29, 1942 - May 4, 2024

Dennis Dale Nelson Obituary

Dennis Nelson, 82, of Yuba City, CA, passed away on May 4, 2024, at The Fountains, due to complications from Parkinson's disease.


Born in Carrington, North Dakota, on January 29, 1942, his family moved to Yuba City, California, during his teenage years.


During this period, he enjoyed a life full of adventures, including a unique time living in a railcar when his father worked for the railroad.


Dennis attended Yuba City Union High School, where he met the love of his life, Emma Condrey. They were married September 8, 1962, in Reno, Nevada, and for a second time, for time and all eternity, March 20, 1971, at the Oakland Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.


An avid outdoorsman, Dennis enjoyed hunting, fishing, and shooting. He was an expert marksman and won many trophies in trap and skeet shooting.


Always one for adventure, he rigged up boats, rafts, and kayaks for his hunting excursions. On one trip down the Feather River rapids, he lost his boat and gear but was most concerned about the loss of his gun.


Dennis initially worked for Boyles Brothers Construction, contributing to the Del Valle Dam, the Oroville Dam, and other projects.


He then attended Yuba College and embarked on a career in law enforcement, spending a decade as a Sutter County sheriff's deputy. He later joined the special security team at Rancho Seco Nuclear Power Plant and continued in various security roles until retirement.


Dennis had a passion for westerns and Louis L'Amour books. After retirement, he used his creativity to write the Marshal Sam Callap western series under the pen name of Sherman Buckhorn. The eight-book series became a top-ranked Kindle western on Amazon.


He was a loving husband, brother, father, and grandfather, deeply involved in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, holding numerous ecclesiastical positions, including High Priest.


A family man with a wonderful sense of humor, Dennis enjoyed playing cards, dominoes, horseshoes, and croquet and was always ready for a new adventure.


Dennis is survived by his beloved wife, Emma Nelson; his sister, Maureen Sawyer; his children: Emma Nelson, Dennis (Jennifer) Nelson, Micah Nelson, and Jared Nelson and Christopher Wixom; his grandchildren: Serina Nelson, Dylan and Katya Nelson, Emma Nelson, Eve Nelson, Dennis Nelson, and Brigham Nelson; and his great-granddaughter, Ilithia Nelson, as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins, and extended family.


Dennis will be greatly missed until we are reunited with him for eternity.


His adventurous spirit and humor will forever remain with us. We love you, Dennis, Dad, and Grandpa.


A memorial service will be held at 10 am Monday, May 20, 2024, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints located at 1480 Butte House Road followed by burial at Sutter Cemetery.

To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of Dennis Dale Nelson hosted by Chapel of the Twin Cities.

Dennis Nelson, 82, of Yuba City, CA, passed away on May 4, 2024, at The Fountains, due to complications from Parkinson's disease.


Born in Carrington, North Dakota, on January 29, 1942, his family moved to Yuba City, California, during his teenage years.


During this period, he enjoyed a life full of adventures, including a unique time living in a railcar when his father worked for the railroad.


Dennis attended Yuba City Union High School, where he met the love of his life, Emma Condrey. They were married September 8, 1962, in Reno, Nevada, and for a second time, for time and all eternity, March 20, 1971, at the Oakland Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.


An avid outdoorsman, Dennis enjoyed hunting, fishing, and shooting. He was an expert marksman and won many trophies in trap and skeet shooting.


Always one for adventure, he rigged up boats, rafts, and kayaks for his hunting excursions. On one trip down the Feather River rapids, he lost his boat and gear but was most concerned about the loss of his gun.


Dennis initially worked for Boyles Brothers Construction, contributing to the Del Valle Dam, the Oroville Dam, and other projects.


He then attended Yuba College and embarked on a career in law enforcement, spending a decade as a Sutter County sheriff's deputy. He later joined the special security team at Rancho Seco Nuclear Power Plant and continued in various security roles until retirement.


Dennis had a passion for westerns and Louis L'Amour books. After retirement, he used his creativity to write the Marshal Sam Callap western series under the pen name of Sherman Buckhorn. The eight-book series became a top-ranked Kindle western on Amazon.


He was a loving husband, brother, father, and grandfather, deeply involved in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, holding numerous ecclesiastical positions, including High Priest.


A family man with a wonderful sense of humor, Dennis enjoyed playing cards, dominoes, horseshoes, and croquet and was always ready for a new adventure.


Dennis is survived by his beloved wife, Emma Nelson; his sister, Maureen Sawyer; his children: Emma Nelson, Dennis (Jennifer) Nelson, Micah Nelson, and Jared Nelson and Christopher Wixom; his grandchildren: Serina Nelson, Dylan and Katya Nelson, Emma Nelson, Eve Nelson, Dennis Nelson, and Brigham Nelson; and his great-granddaughter, Ilithia Nelson, as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins, and extended family.


Dennis will be greatly missed until we are reunited with him for eternity.


His adventurous spirit and humor will forever remain with us. We love you, Dennis, Dad, and Grandpa.


A memorial service will be held at 10 am Monday, May 20, 2024, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints located at 1480 Butte House Road followed by burial at Sutter Cemetery.

To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of Dennis Dale Nelson hosted by Chapel of the Twin Cities.

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