Mark Nelson

12/23/1950 - 01/04/2023


Obituary For Mark Nelson

Clackamas resident, Mark Andrew Nelson, died on January 4, 2023, in Clackamas, Oregon. He was 72 years old.
A Celebration of Life will be held February 11, 2023, at 1 pm in the Estacada Assembly of God church 478 NW Wade St, Estacada, OR 97023. A reception will follow at the church.
Mark Nelson was born on December 23, 1950 in Portland, Oregon, to Donald and Mary (Warford) Nelson. He graduated from Parkrose High School in 1969, and went on to marry Judy Branan on December 18, 1971. They recently celebrated 51 years together.
Mark started his career at Kaiser Sunnyside, supervising environmental services, and driving a school bus. He worked at Kaiser Permanente Supervising Environmental services, before getting a job at the Department of Environmental Quality until his retirement in 2015. Mark Enjoyed driving and working on cars, and his favorite past time was going elk and deer hunting with his family and friends. He spent his free time volunteering and coaching his sons in various sports throughout their childhood,
Survivors include his wife, Judy (Branan); sons Shawn, and Matt (Traci); sister, Kathy (Doug), brother Mike; grandchildren Austin, Micaela, Max, and Alex; great-grandchildren Jayme, and Griseo; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

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  • 02/11/2023

    Marks two young men played Babe Ruth baseball for me at Marshall, nothing but good memories. Dearly loved both of them. my condolences to Judy and the boys. love love love

  • 02/11/2023

    I remember Mark from High School. He always was so quiet on the bus rides going to and from school. Just a big teddy bear of guy. (Until football season!) He was always kind to me. I'm sorry I haven't kept up with him over the past 50+ years, but so happy to hear he had a great life. My love and sincere condolences to his family.

  • 02/09/2023

    Mark "Tank", I will love you all my days. From J V & Varsity football 🏈 at Park🌹 High where we first met (PHS class of 1969.), becoming your brother-in-law the Summer of 69. You have one of the nicest hearts, and so tough, I have ever known. Speaking of tough, I am blessed that you liked me with your sister Kathy, because you could have broken me in two! You were always there for family & friends, just the best guy, so giving. Your will to live was & always will be an inspiration. I will always honor your memory, our friendship, your life & 💜. My O Line brother forever. Have a good journey, Mark #77! Doug "Hemi" #66

  • 02/06/2023

    Mark was like a second father for me. He was always there with kind words of encouragement. Some of my fondest memories growing up were sitting in that garage on Pardee st. just talking. I spent a lot of time in that driveway working on cars and trucks with the boys. Mark was the kind of father I wanted to be, I can only hope I have made half the impact in people's lives that Mark did. Although I didn't see him as much after the move out of the neighborhood, he and Judy have treated me like family from my earliest memories. God be with you my friend and mentor. Geoff

  • 02/04/2023

    It has been a month today since you left.... I miss your smile and laugh, your wonderful will to live a good life.....Thankyou for 52 years of life together...........I love you My Mark.......

  • 01/15/2023

    Mark you will be missed by many. You are with God and have no more pain

  • 01/13/2023

    Mark and I worked together at the Department of Environmental Quality for many years. Mark, Judy, my wife Jeanann and I went to see Larry the Cable Guy in downtown Portland years ago and to this day I can still hear Mark chuckle when Larry the Cable Guy would say something funny. Rest in peace my old friend. Ed Patnode.

  • 01/12/2023

    Mark always had a smile him and Judy use to come into country restaurant after taking a ride when they moved to Clackamas he will truly be missed by alot rip mark our thoughts and prayers with Judy and family

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