June 29, 1954 - July 30, 2018
Born in Salinas, California
Resided in Salinas, California
Born on June 29, 1954 to Patricia & Robert Nelson in Salinas, CA, he was the middle of five children. Don attended local schools and graduated from Salinas High School in 1973. After high school Don went to work in the produce industry where he followed the lettuce season by traveling to Yuma Az. “Big Don” as he was fondly referred to by his long-time friends will be remembered for his big heart and sense of humor. Don enjoyed a good bar-b-que, golfing and his much-loved San Francisco Giants. He was most happy spending time with his family and friends.
Don is survived by his wife of 35 years Melanie, his son Jared of Los Angeles, Andrew of Sacramento & Rachel of San Francisco. His brother David (Darlene) of Salinas, sisters Barbara Arvanites of Fontana, Laurel (Robert) Rodriguez of San Jose & Lianne (George) Battersby of Salinas, his mother-in-law Viola Noah of Salinas, brother-in-law Jason (Lisa) Noah & many nieces & nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents Patricia & Robert.
A Celebration of Life will be held at The Club at Crazy Horse Ranch, 475 San Juan Grade Road, Salinas, CA. 93906 on Sunday, August 5, 2018 at 1:00p.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family wishes donations be made to your favorite charity in Don’s name.
Salinas, California 93906