Calvin Nelson, of Braham, passed away on Thursday, January 23, 2014 at the Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis. He was 56 years old.
FUNERAL SERVICE will be held on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at Braham Evangelical Covenant Church with Rev. Steve Jennisch officiating.
VISITATION will be held one hour prior to the service on Saturday at the church.
INTERMENT will be at the Big Lake Cemetery in Big Lake, Minnesota.
Calvin Gene Nelson, of Braham, Minnesota passed away on Thursday, January 23, 2014 at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis. He was 56 years old.
Cal was born on June 22, 1957 in Canby, Minnesota to Gene and Phyllis (Longman) Nelson. Cal had a unique combination of technical savvy and creativity, which led to a diverse vocational path. After graduating from Braham High School in 1976, he worked at a meat market with his Uncle Dan who dubbed him “Hansi du Dieffel” the sausage-maker. Cal graduated from Anoka Technical College with a degree in Business Administration in 1978 and went on to own and manage a retail store called ATD Sports. Later, he furthered his education by graduating from Brown Technical School with a degree in computer repair. He worked on computers at Digi Board and Digi Graphics. His experience with computers led Cal to design and create Catch-Cam, an underwater camera used for fishing. However, Cal’s true passion was music and Christian service, so in his “spare” time he co-owned a Christian DJ music company called “The Master’s Voice.” He also managed a youth center called Youth Way in Blaine, Minnesota. Cal gravitated more and more toward the music and sound field. He was a self-taught sound engineer with the ability to tweak sound systems and economically piece sound systems together in such a way that earned him another title, the “Obi-wan Kenobi” of sound. Cal installed sound systems and ran sound for local worship bands, churches and events such as the World Day of Prayer, Mayor’s prayer breakfast and Braham Fest. Cal was a jovial, good-natured guy with a quick wit. He was an active member within the church community in the Metro area, a faithful servant to His Lord, family and friends.
Cal was preceded in death by his father, Gene W. Nelson.
He is survived by his mother, Phyllis Nelson, sister, Diane Marpe, brother-in-law, Joel and nieces, Stephanie and Leslie, and many beloved friends.
A Funeral was held on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at the Braham Evangelical Covenant Church with Rev. Steve Jennsich, Pastor Harley Swartout, and Pastor Jesse Lange officiating. Music was provided by Eric and Michele Craton, and Kierstain Swartout. Casket Bearers were Jesse Lange, Bill Finnerty, Delmas Hiens, Andy Hiens, Seth Swartout, and Benjamin Swartout. Interment was in the Big Lake Cemetery in Big Lake, Minnesota.