William “Bill” Nelson
On December 25, 2013 Bill passed away surrounded by
his family in Garden Grove, California.
Bill was 71 years old.
Bill was born May 19, 1942 in Orange, California. Bill grew
up in Westminster, and then later moved to Midway City,
then to Garden Grove in 1963.
Bill started his career at the age of 13, sweeping floors for
Post Bros. Construction. He quickly moved up to a low bed
operator, and equipment operator. In 1973 he went to work
for James E. Russell & Son Construction. Where he
worked as an operator, foreman, estimator, then vice-
president. In 1990 he purchased some of the equipment
from Russell & Son and opened Nelson & Nelson Grading.
He remained in Garden Grove until 7 years ago, and then
became a part-time resident of both Garden Grove and
Montrose, Colorado. He loved it in Montrose. The area is a
lot like Orange County was growing up, country living at
its best, hunting, fishing, farming, fresh air, and wide-open
spaces. In 2009 Bill & Gary opened
Thunder Mountain Raceway in Olathe, Colorado.
Bill was preceded in death by his wife Charlene, son Steve
Nelson, & daughter Christine Nelson.
Bill his survived by his brother James Nelson of Desert
Hot Springs; long time girl friend Gloria Baker of Garden
Grove; son Gary Nelson of Delta, Colorado; daughter
Cindy Maddux of Anaheim; grandsons Kevin, Garrett, Harl,
William, & Jake Maddux of Anaheim; granddaughter Nicole
Nelson of Placentia.
A memorial race will be held May 30th & 31st at
Thunder Mountain Raceway in honor of Bill.
In lieu of flowers the family is requesting donations to go
to racing for friends with cancer at gofundme.com/2lndw4
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