Obituary Notices and Memorials

NELSON, Mark O. of Quartz Hill passed away in the early morning hours of May 26, 2015 at Antelope Valley Hospital. He is survived by his wife Katherine Calandri-Nelson; daughter Natasha Nelson; brothers, Bruce Nelson (Deborah) and Larry Nelson (Debbie); nieces, Mariana Nelson, Laura Nelson and Tawna Nelson; nephew Josh Nelson; mother-in-law Barbara J. Calandri; stepdaughters, Jennifer Ellis (Bryan), Barbara Holtfreter (Justin), Candace Anderson (Brett); grandchildren, Theodore and Kiera Ellis, Carsten, Jeffery and Owen Holtfreter; brother-in-law John A. Calandri (Shannon). He was born Mark Oliver Nelson on April 11, 1949 to Robert and Dorothy Nelson in Santa Monica, California, the youngest of three sons. At an early age, Mark moved with his family to Palmdale, California, where he grew up. Mark attended Palmdale High School where he excelled in athletics including football, basketball, swimming, and tennis and graduated in 1968. He went on to attend Antelope Valley College from 1968-1970, where he earned an Associate's Degree and played football. In 1970, he transferred to the University of Redlands where he studied Geology and Art, played football, and swam competitively. A proud veteran, Mark served in the U.S. Army National Guard from 1969 to 1972 and was stationed at Ft. Irwin. Mark then went on to have a successful, forty-year career as a licensed contractor, specializing in building custom homes. He was known by his family and in the community for his talented and creative carpentry, his amazing attention to detail, his willingness to lend a hand and share his professional expertise at a moment's notice, and the unique flair he put on any project that he was a part of. In 2009, Mark married his wife Katherine, and they lived six wonderful years together with their two dogs Stitches and Scraps. Mark enjoyed traveling to tropical locations such as Hawaii and anywhere he could enjoy nature. He had a special love of the water, and spent as much time as possible near the beach with Kathy, enjoying the ocean breeze, customizing the garden, and sharing his talents and knowledge with his grandchildren. Mark will forever be remembered as a kind, talented, and generous man and a loving and extraordinary husband, father, and friend. A Celebration of Life will take place at Gino's Restaurant at 819 W. Palmdale Blvd at 11am on Monday, June 1, 2015. All are welcome to attend and celebrate with the family. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Wounded Warrior Project or the Surfrider Foundation, as these were two causes that were close to Mark's heart.

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