Apr 2, 2010
by WLJ

Gerald David “Dave” Nelson

Gerald David “Dave” Nelson passed away March 18, 2010, at his home in Mackay, ID, after battling cancer for six years.

He was born July 3, 1941, in Chilliwack, British Columbia, Canada, to Mariam Kilpatrick and Gerald Dixon Nelson. He attended schools in Black Pines and Kamloops, B.C. His early years were spent logging and ranching near Kamloops with his father.

On July 9, 1960, he married Heather Grant in Kamloops. It was here that they made their home and started raising their three children. Nelson worked as the manager for a cattle and sheep ranch. In 1965, he moved his family to California and became a U.S. citizen in 1986. He and his father co-managed San Felipe Ranch, which was owned by Dave Packard and Bill Hewlett, founders of Hewlett-Packard. In 1973, Nelson moved to Idaho to manage ranches purchased by Packard and Hewlett in Idaho and Montana. He retired in 1998 after working for San Felipe Ranch for 33 years. Nelson continued his ranching tradition, managing Nelson Ranches from 1990 until his death.

Passionate about the ranching, Nelson held many positions on county, state and national cattle associations, as well as on other committees and organizations. He served as president of the Idaho Cattle Association in 2002 and president of the National Public Lands Council in 2006.

Nelson had a great love of agriculture, investing much time and energy as a steward for the industry. His endless devotion to family will be a lasting legacy of compassion and integrity for countless generations. His no-nonsense, common-sense approach to life has provided a priceless example to his family and a foundation for their own success. His hobbies included hunting, fishing, boating, snowmobiling, family events and traveling. Nelson was a member of the Idaho Cattle Association, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, Public Lands Council, Idaho Fish and Game Advisory Committee, Custer County Fair Board, Mackay Lions Club and the Society for Range Management. He was inducted into the Eastern Idaho Agriculture Hall of Fame in 1999.

He is survived by his wife, Heather; children, Holly (Bill) Seefried and Randy (Shauna) Nelson, both of Mackay; daughter-in-law, Barbara (Mark) Needs of Sand Hollow; siblings, Sheila Murray of Vernon, B.C., Bonnie (Bill) Costello of Boise, and Chris (Barbara) Nelson of Le Grand, CA; 12 grandchildren; and almost nine great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one son, Gerald David “Gerry” Nelson; his parents; and one sister, Marilyn Wright.

Donations may be made to the Nelson Memorial Scholarship, c/o Ireland Bank, P.O. Box 600, Mackay, ID 83251.

Robert N. Krentz Jr.

Robert N. Krentz Jr., 58, left our world Saturday, March 28, 2010.

Rob was born June 3, 1951, in Douglas, AZ. He attended elementary school in Apache, AZ, played football for the Douglas Bulldogs when they won the State Championship in 1968, and graduated from Douglas High in 1969.

After completing two years at Cochise College, Rob attended the University of Arizona, graduating with honors and a degree in Animal Science in 1975. Upon graduation, he received a fellowship to Cornell University but chose instead to come home.

Rob returned to the family ranch where he worked for his father, Bob, and his uncles, Stuart and Jules Krentz. He married his sweetheart, Susan Kimble, in 1977, after which the family bought out the uncles and continued to build their dreams in partnership with Bob and brother, Phil Krentz. At the time of his parents’ death, he shared the partnership with his sister, Susan Pope.

Always active in his community, Rob served as president of the Cochise Graham Cattle Growers from 1993-94 and served on their board of directors. He also served as a board member for the Arizona Cattle Growers from 1993 to 1994. Rob was currently serving on the board of directors for the Malpai Borderlands Group and president of the Whitewater Draw

National Resource Conservation District. Rob was a kind and gentle man, a husband, brother, father, grandfather and good friend to all. He will be sorely missed.

He is survived by his wife, Susan; two sons, Andy (wife Amanda) of Las Cruces, NM, and Frank Krentz, Douglas, AZ, daughter, Kyle Gutierrez (husband Brandon); and two grandchildren, Robert and Madyson Gutierrez of Green River, WY; a sister, Susan Pope (husband Louie); brother, Phil (wife Carrie); nephews, Ed Pope (wife Kami and son Cole) of El Paso, TX, and Ben Krentz; niece, Kathy Pope Hall (husband David Joe) of Atoka, OK; and numerous other relatives of the Krentz and Kimble families.

Rob was preceded in death by his father, Bob Krentz, and mother, Louse Kennedy Krentz.

A Rosary will be recited at St. Luke’s Catholic Church, Douglas, AZ, on Friday, April 10, 2010, at 6:00 p.m. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, April 10, 2010, at 10:00 a.m. also at St. Luke’s Church. A Celebration of Rob’s Life will be held at the Gadsden Hotel following the services. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Rob Krentz Memorial Fund: The Cowbelles: c/o Carol Riggs/ 4466 N. Brooks Road; Douglas, AZ 85608, or the ACGA’s Litigation Fund: c/o Patrick Brey, 1401 N 24th St #4; Phoenix, AZ 85008-4638.

Brown Page Mortuary is in charge of arrangements, 520/364-3434.