Matthew Nelson
Matthew Nelson

Obituary of Matthew Gregory Nelson

Matthew Gregory Nelson – Vail, AZ (Tucson, AZ) - Matt Nelson died on June 7, 2022. The man. The myth. The legend. He was the most interesting and intelligent person you could ever meet. He had charisma and charm like no other. A light that drew you to him. Men wanted to be him and women wanted to be with him. He was a man that lived his life to the fullest and loved adventure. Whether he was hanging lights at 100’s of feet in the air on metal beams, or scaling the cave dwellings to find crystals and gem minerals, or camping with his metal detector to find meteorites. Whatever you did with Matt it was going to be fun and remembered. He was an avid collector of music albums, Gems and minerals, coins. He enjoyed Photography, Gardening, and camping - hiking, his favorite being the yearly Tucson Gem and Mineral show to find Treasures. Matt loved grilling steaks for his family, He loved to make his Tuna jalapeño bombers, he loved to eat enchiladas, and chocolate cake. Matt loved fast cars, Reeses Peanut Butter Cups, beautiful women, ice cream, Rum, Jack Daniels, Johnnie Walker and Jose Cuervo, Not necessarily in that order. Driving his classic dodge charger at 120 mph and alluding the police. Yes, his own set of rules as ours never applied to Matt. He hated hypocrites, politicians, and Brussel sprouts, not necessarily in that order. He was also great at making everyone feel appreciated and loved, he was your friend for life. He loved all of the family pets, to many to list. But I think his buddy “Buster Coyote” shared most of the adventures. Matt was a lighting technician for many years, setting up the lighting stage for countless top performers throughout the country. Matt was one of the best in the business. And he loved doing it. Matt loved to tell stories. And you could be sure 50% of every story was true. You just never knew which 50%. Jim Morrison was his idle. And his son Joezy William Gregory Nelson was his Shining Light. Matt adored the ladies. And they adored him. There isn't enough space here to list all of the women from Matt’s past. There isn't enough space in the Tucson phone book. He attracted more women than a shoe sale at Macy's. Marriage did not pan out for him, however, it gave him a wonderful son. In between his many adventures, to his new adventures on the other side…When Matt took off for that pool party in the sky, he left behind his “Shining Light” son Joezy William Gregory Nelson, his Treasured mother Diane Boykin, Grandmother Clara O’Neal, “Little Sis” Stefani Nelson, Brother in law Eric Madrid, nephew Isaac Madrid, and step mother Tammy Nelson. Matt was killed at the age of 52 when he rushed into a burning orphanage to save a group of adorable children. Or maybe not…. We all know how he liked to tell stories. He is reuniting and starting new adventures all over again with our beloved Brother Jonny Patrick Nelson, that’s the rumbling in the sky you hear. Our Father Jon Wayne Nelson, Grandparents, step father John (J.B) Boykin, Uncles Randy O’Neal, William “Skip” O’Neal.

Memorial celebration of Matt’s life will be held at Adair Funeral home Wednesday June 15, 2022 at 2:00-4:30 and final burial service at All Faiths Cemeteries June 16th 2022 at 9:00 am.

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2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Wednesday, June 15, 2022
Adair Funeral Home Dodge Chapel
1050 N Dodge Blvd.
Tucson, Arizona, United States


9:00 am
Thursday, June 16, 2022
All Faiths Cemetery
2151 S Avenida Los Reyes
Tucson, Arizona, United States
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