NELSON S. BROWN
1960 ˜ 2021
Captain Nelson Scott Brown, age 60, of Vancouver, WA, went to be with the Lord May 25, 2021, due to complications from an infection following a successful stem cell transplant. Nelson was born to John and Betty Brown June 30, 1960, in Portland, OR. Nelson’s dad was a pilot and he took his first airplane ride when he was only days old.
Following his graduation from Evergreen High School in 1979, Nelson attended Portland Community College to become an Airframe and Power Plant mechanic. Nelson worked at Hatch Engine Service, Aero West, and Sports Air Travel as an A & P mechanic.
His dream, however, was to fly. While working as a mechanic he continued obtaining his pilot ratings and went to work for Bergman Photographic Services where he flew a J3 Cub, a Cessna 210, and Cessna 180. In 1998, Nelson moved his family to Bellingham, WA, flying a Beaver on floats and a Conquest for Haggen Foods/Allsop. In 2000 he was hired by Horizon Air. In his 21 years at Horizon, he flew the F28, CRJ700, Q400, and the E175.
Never leaving his mechanic skills behind, he obtained his Inspection Authorization (IA) and started his own business, Nelson Brown Aircraft Repair. When he wasn’t flying for Horizon, he was a sought-out A&P/IA by many airmen to maintain their aircraft.
Nelson accepted Jesus Christ as his personal savior as a teenager and was a longtime member of Laurelwood Baptist Church. It was at Laurelwood he met his wife, Jennifer, and they married there in 1987, leaving the ceremony in his J3 Cub.
Nelson was preceded in death by his father, John. He is survived by his wife, Jennifer; daughter, Shayla; son, Brandon; his mother, Betty; a brother, Irvin (Brenda); two sisters, Marlis and Indy (James). Also, four nieces and a nephew.
Nelson’s celebration of life will take place at Laurelwood Baptist Church, 17015 NE 6th Street, Vancouver, WA, on July 10, 2021 at 11 a.m. followed by a BBQ. For the live stream link please contact the family or the church.
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Published by The Columbian on Jun. 6, 2021.