Spencer Ware Nelson Sr., 98, San Diego, Calif., passed away peacefully Friday, Nov. 6, 2009, at the Chula Vista Veterans Home in Chula Vista, Calif. Born Nov. 5, 1911, in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, to Ralph S. and Jeanette (Ware) Nelson. Spencer attended Coeur d’Alene schools, Moran School and Moran Junior College (Atascadero, Calif.), Stanford University undergraduate and Law School, and then the University of Idaho Law School, where he graduated with a degree graduated with a degree in law. He volunteered for the U.S. Marines in early 1944 and was stationed on Midway Island until the end of 1945. After the war, Spencer served as attorney for the Idaho Compensation Company, then as president of the Liberty National Insurance Company. In 1957 he moved with his family from his home overlooking Hayden Lake to Menlo Park, Calif. After a brief return to Coeur d’Alene in the ’60s to practice law, he moved permanently to San Diego. There he lived a few blocks from the ocean and whiled away his retirement days on the beach, soaking up the sun, dancing at the Chula Vista Elks club, etc. He was a life member of the Elks club, having joined the Coeur d’Alene lodge in 1932. His passions were swimming, dancing, poker, bridge and movies. He was a quiet, gentle man, well liked by nearly all who met him. He is survived by sons Donald of Mountain View, Calif., Spencer Jr. of Broomfield, Colo., and Hunt Yuma, Ariz.; and sister Dr. Jean Nelson of Boise. He also leaves behind four grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
Source: Coeur d’Alene Press, The (ID) – Wednesday, November 25, 2009