Saturday, July 7, 2012

Clifford Matt Nelson 1912-1986

Clifford Matt Nelson, 73, who was with the Boy Scouts' of America for 56 years, died Saturday in a Forth Worth hospital after a short illness.

Funeral was at 4 p.m. Tuesday at Moore Funeral Home in Arlington.  Burial was in Moore Memorial

Nelson was born in Buffalo, Missouri.  He had been an oil field worker in Borger before moving to Arlington in 1950 when he went to work for General Motors as a powerhouse engineer. He retired in 1977.

 Nelson was a veteran Scout leader who received both the Silver Beaver Award and the George Meany Award.  He served as committee chairman of Troops 186, 377, 446 and 690. He had served in several Scout district offices, including that of unit commissioner of the Cross Timbers District.  He was a member of University Baptist Church in Arlington and was a 32nd degree Mason.

Survivors include a son. John C. Nelson of Arlington; two sisters: Helen Nelson McGee of Richland, Missouri; and Claudine Nelson Kimble of Kennewick, Washington.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Joe and Anna Nelson - long time residents of Richland, Missouri and his wife Donna of Arlington, Texas. Also three half brothers and two half sisters.

Death occurred Saturday, January 18, 1986, Fort Worth, Texas. 

Clifford graduated from Richland High School - Class of 1932. He will be remembered as an outstanding basketball player during his High School career as a forward on the teams.

As a World War II Veteran - he served in the United States Marine Corp - South Pacific - and received the Purple Heart Medal being wounded in the line of duty. 

While a student in Richland, he became interested in Scouting. Ross Dodd - always interested in the
welfare of the young people - was his Scout Master and Clifford learned the importance of the youth of America manifested in his continuing interest in the Boy Scouts of America.

The family suggests that memorials be made to the Longhorn Council of the Boy Scouts of America.

15 June, 1912 - 18 January, 1986

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