John Wesley Nelson, 67, of Turlock, passed away with cancer. John Nelson served as a teacher and administrator for over 45 years at Livingston High School, Pitman High School, and Turlock Christian. Additionally, John served as a minister of music at Crossroads Evangelical Free Church of Turlock for almost 40 years. John attended Trinity College in Deerfield, Illinois and was part of the first class to graduate from Stanislaus State University with a degree in Music Education.
John’s legacy and loss will be felt by all of his students, family, and friends. His influence as an educator and administrator is evident throughout the Central Valley. John was an avid fisherman, ardent supporter of Turlock Christian Schools, dedicated choir director at Crossroads Church, and devoted family man.
He is survived by his loving wife Christine, sister Mary Lou Cederlend, son Bryan (Erin), daughter Colleen Blomenkamp (Joel), seven grandchildren; Cassie Alldrin, Cody Alldrin, Carter Nelson, Camille Nelson, Derek Blomenkamp, Micah Blomenkamp, Allison Blomenkamp; one great grandson, Caden Alldrin; along with many nieces and nephews.