Douglas Edward Nelson, age 67, passed away unexpectedly on November 20 at his home in Camas, WA, from complications from non-Hodgkins lymphoma. He was born March 31, 1951 in
Doug’s father was a career Air Force officer who served in three wars. Soon after Doug's birth, the family was transferred to
Doug’s middle school years were spent in
After high school, Doug earned a degree in Mathematics from
Doug accepted a job at McKesson Corporation's headquarters in San Francisco, CA. Doug was the only MBA at McKesson at that time and he rapidly advanced, first as plant manager for Alhambra Water in the San Francisco Bay Area and then to his boss’s boss position as General Manager for the water division, during which time he also served as president of the International Bottled Water Association.
Meanwhile, he met and married his wife, Nancy Miles and the couple moved to
In 1990 McKesson began grooming Doug to become head of its Pharmaceutical Wholesale Division and the family moved back to the Bay Area, settling in Lafayette, CA. Doug enjoyed his corporate career, but when unexpected changes in the top management of the corporation occurred, he decided to retire at age 40 and pursue private financial investment, an activity in which he proved to be particularly astute.
Doug's greatest joy was his two children, with whom he was very active, volunteering in their classroom, in their computer lab, and with their scout groups. He was asked to serve as the financial executive on the Mt. Diablo Silverado Boy Scout council, managing the group's investments, for which he was awarded Scouting’s highest honor, the Silver Beaver Award.
The family moved to Camas, WA in 2006. Doug liked to travel, go camping and barbeque. He loved computers and electronic gadgets. He pursued all interests in his life with a passion and thoroughness, extensively researching options and then effectively implementing strategies with precision.
Doug is survived by many people, all surnamed Nelson: his wife of 35 years, Nancy, his son David Edward and daughter Melanie Anne; by brother Robert (wife Jennifer) and sister Alice, as well as his nephew Daniel and niece Michelle. A memorial service is being planned for Doug’s birthday in the spring. The family requests any donations be made in Doug’s honor to the West Columbia Gorge Humane Society where Doug was an avid supporter.