On March 3, 2021 Dayton Nelson passed away at his home in North Ogden, Utah from a sudden illness.\n\nHe was born to Edward C. Nelson (rancher) and Florence Irene Hendry (teacher) in Bismarck, North Dakota on May 7, 1936 as the younger of twin boys. He grew up on the family ranch near Hazen, North Dakota; attending several area schools where his mother was teaching, and graduated high school at Hebron High in Hebron, North Dakota. He attended Dickinson State Teachers College for one year, then taught at a country school for a year before enrolling at North Dakota State University in Fargo. Graduation in 1958 as a Civil Engineer was followed by the start of his Forest Service Career in Libby, Montana. He met his wife, Shannon Shea of Eureka, Montana there and was married in 1962. The family moved on to Sandpoint, Idaho where daughter Allison was born; Taos, New Mexico where son Bradley was born; Billings Montana; a great adventure in Kenya, Africa for two years; Billings Montana again, Missoula, Montana; and he retired as an Assistant Regional Engineer at Ogden, Utah in 1996. Dayton was a Registered Professional Engineer and Licensed Surveyor in several of those locations.\n\nDayton enjoyed his work very much and viewed each move as an opportunity for new adventures, challenges, and more great Forest Service friendships. His family felt the same way and benefited greatly from this lifestyle. Other interests thru his life included developing a campground/RV park in Montana, obtaining his private pilots license, serving as a CASA volunteer and many great hunting adventures along the way. During this Covid year he greatly missed his weekly coffee group, a discussions group and retiree functions.\n\nHe is survived by his wife Shannon of North Ogden; daughter Allison (Jack) Boehler of Yuma Arizona; son Bradley of Kaysville, Utah; grandson Zachary Boehler of Yuma, Arizona; twin brother Clayton of Great Falls, Montana; sister Sharon Huber of Hazen North Dakota; brother James (Karen) of Dickinson, North Dakota, and twelve nieces and nephews and their families.\n\nServices to be determined at a later date.