Jonathan Peter Nelson, 58, of St. Marys, passed away on the morning of December 14, 2015 at his home.
Jon was born in the town of Ansonia, Connecticut on October 7, 1957. He was the fourth child of the late Edward C. and Julia A. Nelson.
Jon was an avid fisherman placing in many fishing tournaments in his youth while accompanied by his fishing mentor Charlie Kirk of Oxford, Connecticut. His second favorite past time was diving and snorkeling particularly at night in the Narragansett Bay off of the coast of Rhode Island; and also canoeing, camping and of course more fishing with his wife up and down the eastern Canada coast.
Professionally Jon attained the rank of Captain, Medical Services Corps, in the United States Navy and served for 27 years before retiring in 2013 in St. Marys, Georgia. While attending the Navy War College, he earned his third Master’s Degree. His professional achievements not only included Meritorious Service Medals, three Navy Commendation Medals but distinguished certifications as a Certified Industrial Hygienist, Certified Safety Professional, Certified Hazardous Materials Manager and recent graduate of the American Society of Home Inspectors.
Jonathan is survived by his wife, Deborah Elizabeth Nelson, daughter, Devon Elizabeth Nelson, son, Ean Matthew Nelson, granddaughter, Sofia Elizabeth Nelson, and three elder siblings, Edward C. Nelson, Jr., Julie Newman, and Pamlea Nelson.
Memorial services will be held Friday, December 18, 2015, at 11:00 am at Allison Memorial Chapel in St. Marys with Pastor Greg Gardell officiating. Services with full military honors will be held at Arlington National Cemetery, and will be announced at a later date.
The family requests memorial contributions in memory of Jon be made to the Coral Restoration Foundation, 5 Seagate Boulevard, Key Largo, Florida 33037.
Allison Memorial Chapel and Funeral Home of St. Marys is in charge of arrangements.