Martin Mortuary


Dale Robert Nelson

February 25, 1959May 4, 2021

Dale Robert Nelson of Grand Junction, Colorado, passed away peacefully and unexpectedly in his sleep at home on May 4th, 2021. He was 62 years young. Dale was in his element and the happiest when he was in the wild. Dale was an avid hunter, angler, fly-tier, and rock hound. Dale was the hardest working man you would ever meet. He was passionate about helping others, lending a hand to anyone, expecting nothing in return. Dale was a selfless, kindhearted, good man. He was liked and loved by all who knew him. Dale was passionate about his wonderful family, beautiful home, good friends, and sharing his life experiences through vivid storytelling. Dale took pride in his work and knew how to do things right the first time. He had the uncanny ability and knowledge to fix anything. “Thanks Uncle MacGyver.” Dale is survived by the love of his life and wife of 43 years, Denise Nelson. Through this everlasting union, Dale and Denise were blessed with the two best kids in the world; Stephanie “Punkin” Lindenbaum (Tyler), and Bridger “Slim” Nelson. Stephanie and Bridger love Dale as the most wonderful dad and best friend. Dale is also survived by his five siblings, George (Cheryl) Barley, Ramona (John) Pippenger, Billie Young, Ronald Nelson, and Rhonda Nelson, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Dale has left his mark on the Grand Valley through more than 30 years of outdoor advertising with CWOA before enjoying his retirement in 2018. Dad, you are sorely missed. Keep your powder dry and your line wet. See you in the hills. Love you.


  • A Celebration of Life will be held privately


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Mike and Marilyn McEwen

June 5, 2021

We only met a few times but had some memorable times! Before Uncle Mike died, he always told us about Dale and Denise and all you and your kids were up to. He was so very fond of Dale too and grateful for all he did for him and everyone. Please accept condolences from your North cousins, from Saskatchewan, Mike, Marilyn, Connor and Miera. Love never dies. XO

Lynn Klein

May 17, 2021

Kent and I live next door to Denise and Dale. We always enjoyed visiting with them while we were working on our foreclosure that took almost 3 years. Dale was over often to see what was going on and it was always so nice to see him.
I will miss and am missing Dale and the conversations we had about our plants and how to keep them alive. Dale was always so helpful when we went out of town and watered our plants and watched the house.
We will miss his smiling face and great personality. It’s a real loss.
Kent and I offer our most deepest condolences to Denise and the family over the loss of Dale and our thoughts and prayers are with all of you daily. Lynn Klein

Tim Murray

May 16, 2021

Dale is one of the most kind hearted and selfless people I have ever met in my life. I had the pleasure of working with him for eight years at CWOA. There were many times that I needed help fixing things at my house on Orchard Mesa and Dale would show up and make quick work of it. He would make what I thought was a big problem, a five minute permanent fix. He would never allow me to pay him for the work he did. All he would ever ask for is a cold beer and time to sit on the porch and chew the fat.

To Dale’s family:
I am very sorry for your loss and I know that all of you miss him deeply. He instilled his kind heart in all of you and we are all lucky to have him in our lives.
God bless you all.

Robert McConnell

May 15, 2021

Dale was my best friend for 50 years he was like a brother to me. I met Dale when I was 13 years old me and him just hit it off we hunted and fished and didn't care about anything else. That I can talk about. We went through life doing the things you do so many things I could go on for ever. Dale will be in my heart and memories forever

Jess McElroy

May 12, 2021

As my wife and I start each day, we are reminded of the friendship and handy work of Dale... the light over my sink, the hand rail we use so many times every day. We enjoyed his happy attitude toward life itself, and he always seemed to have a story to go along with the task at hand. It was hard to find a way to repay him for his help.... thank goodness he liked beer!

We know there will be a void in our days now. We will miss this kind and generous man. There will never be another like him, I think the mold was broken when he came along. Prayers and blessings. “Looking for the big one in the sky....”

Mike Rockert

May 12, 2021

Dale was married to my sister for 43 years. I always considered him more than a brother-in-law, he was also a close friend. My folks loved him from the get go. He was a good man, father and husband. Dale always made family a priority, was always there to help.
He and my sister loved my son like their own. My son has so many memories of Uncle Dale and Aunt Denise. I also have more memories than I can't count of our fishing adventures over the years. All those early mornings on his boat freezing at 4 am brewing coffee to stay warm, camping with him and my sister at one of our favorite places on the Mesa, the many, many trips down to the Gunnison River, catching g fish till our arms hurt.
I join with my sister, his children, my family in saying you will be greatly missed my friend. Rest in peace.

Starla Rockert

May 12, 2021

My brother in law, Dale had a thick mustache & a small frame but he was a big man. He liked to talk to people & he liked to help people. He was giving & loving, dependable, kind & frank. I admired much about him. He wasn’t fake. He said what he thought. It makes me laugh thinking that he thought our leopard carpet & red trimmed theatre room looked like a French whore house. I wasn’t offended. Real people are rare. You know if they like you or not. Yes, means yes. That was Dale, a man with no froth. I think he would say the same thing to a king in a castle as he would to a beggar on the street. He didn’t have a pretentious bone in his body. Dale was a man’s man. He worked hard & his work was of quality. No slop jobs for him. Dale was generous with his talents & was always helping someone. He had an inventor’s mind & could fix anything. Many times, he came to our rescue, whether it was fixing a water heater, a leaky faucet or putting in a window that was bigger than the opening. He could do anything thrown at him. I liked that Dale was a hunter & a fisherman but, he also appreciated the beauty of a flower. I enjoyed many conversations about plants with him. Dale grew killer tomatoes & who doesn’t respect that? I’ve always loved seeing the Nelson yard. A pretty yard says something. It says someone worked hard & someone loves beauty. I got more than one “start” from Rainbow Drive. It was evident that Dale loved his family. He was proud of & brightened whenever he spoke of Stephanie and Bridger. I honor both Dale & Denise for their long & committed marriage, an achievement few accomplish. I can hardly say Denise without saying Dale. I have only known them as Dale AND Denise. I pray for you Denise, during your hard transition. May God’s grace & loving care be upon you. Thank you for picking such a man as Dale to share your life with & so make it possible for Mike & me to know him. I mourn with you. He will be greatly missed, but always loved. Good bye Dale.

Kevin Elisha

May 8, 2021

Dale is a friend I hold in the highest regard. We have been close neighbors for 30 years and have spent countless hours together visiting about the state of things and hunting ventures, past and present. He was ever friendly and quick to offer a lending hand when work or projects needed attention. He made a point to stop in and visit as I toiled in my wood yard and always, always encouraged me to, “not work too hard”. Yet he gave of himself endlessly, sharing his expertise fixing and repairing anything around a home and most mechanical motors and machines. It is possible his family may never know how many other he helped, there are so many that owe him a debt of thanks. You are missed, walk quietly as you go in the woods.

Joseph Hayes

May 8, 2021

Dale was my neighbor for 18 years and was always helpful and friendly to me. He cared about other people and wanted to help them in any way he could. In 2003, shortly after I moved in Dale was one of the first of my neighbors to welcome me and he then loaned me his air compressor. That was one of many kindnesses because that's who Dale was. He always had good stories and knew how to fix anything. It was always a pleasure to shoot the breeze with him. I learned a lot from Dale over the years and I will miss him a lot. My condolences to Denise, Steph, and Bridger on the loss of your husband and father. He was a good man and he will be watching over you.