Thursday, August 17, 2017

Joe Nelson

Joseph Arthur Nelson

March 16, 1927 
Richfield, UT

July 20, 2009
Payson, UT

1944-45 Spanish Fork High School - Utah (High School)
1946-47 Brigham Young University (College)
1947-48 Brigham Young University (College)
1948-49 Brigham Young University (College)
1949-50 Brigham Young University (College)
1949-50 College All-Stars (Independent)
1950-51 St. Paul Lights (NPBL)
1950-51 Waterloo Hawks (NPBL)

A graduate of Spanish Fork HS, where he played football and basketball, and also ran track, Nelson joined the army right out of high school. He returned to BYU after his service, and signed with St. Paul of the NPBL after graduating. When St. Paul folded, his contract was reassigned to Waterloo.

He returned to Utah where he too a job at Dugway Proving Ground for a bit before landing at USS Geneva Steel, where he stayed for 31 years.

He married Phyllis Mae White (1929-2004) in 1949 and they had two daughters and a son.



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