Phoenix – Nelson, Dale E., 88 of Phoenix, Arizona, a sweet, kind and loving husband, father, brother and grandfather, passed away peacefully the day after Thanksgiving, November 26, 2021. We are so grateful to having a family celebration on Thanksgiving, which Dale had been looking forward to for more than two years due to the pandemic.
Dale was born August 23, 1933 in Newcastle, Nebraska, the son of Arlo Burdette and Wilma (Anfinson) Nelson. He was raised on a small family farm and attended a one-room school. From an early age, Dale worked closely with his father caring for animals and tending to crops. He quickly learned the value of hard work and how to fix anything. After graduating from high school and attending Wayne State College for an ear at age 19 and eager to leave the Nebraska winters behind, Dale moved to Phoenix in 1952. He worked for APS for 16 years and in 1968, he decided to start his own company, Nelson Candles. . He married Bernadette in 1972 and working together their company became the leading supplier of Wicks ‘N’ Sticks nationwide. After 25 years, Dale retired in 1993 selling the business to his employees.
Dale was an artist, philanthropist and athlete. He was a sculptor inspired by Alex Archipinko. He was recognized as a Legacy Circle Donor with SARRC. He enjoyed playing tennis with Match Point Tennis Club and monthly tennis dinners with the SHITS (Super Hotdogs in Tennis – Nelsons, Goldbergs, Contrerases and Buckleys for 22 years). He had a passion for golf (“outdoor chess”) belonging to both Phoenix Country Club and Aspen Valley in Flagstaff for many years. He had four holes in one and pulled his age at 79! Dale was also a Sun Valley sports enthusiast, cheering for the Suns, Cardinals, Sun Devils and Dbacks.
Dales life has been enriched by a wonderful blended family that has celebrated many holidays, birthdays and gatherings over the years. He is survived by his wife, Linda Goldberg Nelson; brother, Arlen Nelson; children, Rick Nelson, Cynthia Choate (Christine Young), Trisha Goldberg and Jeff Goldberg (Antionette); and grandchildren, Shaun Sullivan, Mia Moran, Hannah Moran, Bryce Weiman, Lilian Goldberg and Dale J. Nelson. He was predeceased by his beloved parents, his brother Dean Nelson, his sister Elaine Elston, his daughter Susan Nelson, his son Christopher Nelson and his former wives Frances Copping and Bernadette Plouf Choate Nelson.
No services will take place according to Dale’s wishes. Please consider a donation in Dale’s honor to the South West Autism Research and Resource Center (SARRC) or Hospice of the Valley. Please visit hansenmortuary.com for online condolences.
Posted on December 28, 2021
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