Chester (Chet) Henry Nelson
November 16 1932 - December 12 2015 - Age 83

Chet passed away peacefully on December 12, 2015 surrounded by his family, with his Granddaughter Ericka at his side singing somewhere over the Rainbow.

Chet was born on November 16, 1932 in Portland, Oregon and moved to Martinez at the age of two months. After graduation in 1951 from Alhambra High School, he served in the U.S. Navy for two years as a Radio Operator. Following the military he worked for 32 years for the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District retiring as a Fire Inspector in 1990.

Chet was an active in the Martinez community. Along with teaching religious education, he was a Eucharistic Minister and a member of St Vincent de Paul at St. Catherine of Siena Parish. He was instrumental in starting the Loaves and Fishes program at First Baptist Church where he prepared and cooked food for the needy.

Chet was president of the Martinez Sportsmen’s Club many times and was a member for several years. In March, 2000, he was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Martinez Chamber of Commerce.

He loved golfing, fishing, traveling with his wife and best friends Jerry and Rosalie Hardin and attending 49er games at Candlestick Park. After his stroke in 2006 he enjoyed reading, using the computer, and continued to be a faithful and loyal 49er fan


Chet is survived by his wife Geri of 60 years and his children Bob (Teresa) and Sandi Spillner (John). He is also survived by four Grandchildren, two Step Grandchildren, one Great Grandchild and one Step Great Grandchild who he loved dearly as they loved him. His generous loving spirit will be missed by all who knew him.

Friends & Family are invited to attend the Visitation on Sunday December 20th from 3~8 PM , With Rosary at 7:00 PM. Funeral Mass will be on Monday 21st of December at 10:30 at St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church in Martinez , Followed by Interment at Queen of Heaven Cemetery

Martinez, CA (current)
Portland, OR (birthplace)

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