Douglas Edward Nelson

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March 31, 1951 ˜ November 20,

It is with great sorrow that the Nelson family reports that their beloved husband and father, Douglas Edward Nelson, age 67, passed away unexpectedly on November 20 at his home in Camas, WA, from complications from non-Hodgkins lymphoma.
Doug was a vibrant and an extremely intelligent man who accomplished many things in his life, including: graduating with a degree in Mathematics from Wesleyan University in Connecticut in 1972; earning a masters degree in business administration from Harvard Business School in 1977; being promoted to the highest ranks of leadership at McKesson Corporation in San Francisco; successfully retiring at the age of 40; volunteering to serve as the financial advisor to the Mt. Diablo Silverado Boy Scout council and being awarded Scouting’s highest honor, the Silver Beaver Award, for his contributions; and earning the respect and admiration of those who knew and loved him by his thoughtfulness, generosity, and good humor. He was an exceptional person, and will be greatly missed.
Doug is survived by many people, all surnamed Nelson: his wife of 35 years, Nancy; his son, David Edward; and daughter, Melanie Anne; by brother, Robert (wife Jennifer); and sister, Alice; as well as his nephew, Daniel; and niece, Michelle.
A memorial service and celebration of his life is being planned for Doug’s birthday in the spring; more information can be found at
The family requests any donations be made in Doug’s honor to the West Columbia Gorge Humane Society where Doug was an avid supporter.
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Published in The Columbian on Dec. 2, 2018
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