Thomas K. Nelson

Thomas K. Nelson

February 1, 1936 - November 12, 2017

Thomas K. Nelson died at his home near Wimberley, Texas on Nov. 12, 2017 with his family and dogs at his side after a short illness and a rich life filled with intellectual curiosity, good humor and a generous spirit.

Tom was born Feb. 1, 1936 in Burlington, Iowa to Richard E. Nelson, Sr. and Mary Emily Nelson. He is survived by his best friend of 72 years and wife of 57 years, Carolyn; children Michael (Mindy) Nelson, Richard (Dawn) Nelson, and Sara Nelson and grandsons, Noah and Drew Nelson.

He graduated from the University Of Oklahoma with a degree in geological engineering and served in the United States Army before working as a geophysicist for oil companies in locations that included Mississippi, Texas, Louisiana, South America, Europe, Asia and Africa. While geology and the oil business marked his profession, Tom was best defined by his interest in natural history, world travel, youth baseball coaching, duplicate bridge, New York Times crossword puzzles and gardening. From a courtyard cactus garden at his and Carolyn’s first home in Houston to a four-acre, three gardens, fruit tree filled grounds at their residence southwest of Wimberley, Tom embraced the landscape and spent many

Complementing his varied interests was an equally attentive sense of humor, often exhibited via an outrageous pun or a quickly penned ode, commemorating a significant (or insignificant) family event. His retirement years were also notable for a series of vacation cruises to locales around the globe and for participation in a monthly men’s duplicate bridge group (which he named the Awesome Eight) as well as a weekly duplicate bridge group with his wife at the Wimberley Community Center and two groups in San Marcos.

As a teenager he became a knowledgeable and avid baseball fan, cheering for the local Fort Worth Cats throughout the ‘50’s then, in his adult years, adopting the Houston Astros from their first year in the Astrodome to their recent success, culminating in this year’s first-ever World Series Championship.

A celebration of Tom’s well-rounded, well-lived life will take place sometime in 2018. Before then, the family suggests contributions in Tom’s honor to a charity or educational organization of your choosing or to The Hereditary Neuropathy Foundation. productive hours there.

He also enjoyed his role as a father to his three children, giving freely in terms of time and support to their wide-ranging activities. For years he rose early, arriving at work by 7 a.m. in order to ensure time in the evenings to spend with his kids – from marveling at the “fix it” and inventive abilities of Mike to hitting fly balls to Richard to listening to classical music and attending Sara’s orchestra concerts. Soon enough, Tom became capable of identifying the various composers whose music was featured on classical radio stations, especially KMFA in Austin.

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