Roger Allen Nelson September 21, 1939- January 28, 2023


Last updated 3/7/2023 at Noon

Roger Nelson of Sisters passed away January 28 after a long battle with Parkinson’s.

Roger was born in Salem, graduated from Beaverton High School, University of Oregon, and Willamette Law School. He practiced law for over 52 years, doing estate planning, tax work, real estate development, and nonprofits.

He did a considerable amount of his work pro bono and considered it to be his “ministry” in life. He hadn’t raised his fees in over 20 years, as he considered what he did his gift to others.

His business partner of 30 years, Wendy Jones, shared that when informing his clients of his passing the comments were, to a person, that they regarded him as the most honest, considerate, and thoughtful person they knew, and each one appreciated and valued their relationship and friendship with him.

He is survived by his wife, Gayla Nelson, Sisters; four children, Leslie Kracke, Portland, Brenda Wolfe, Florida, Sean Nelson of Portland, and Eric Nelson, Eugene; two step-children, Kathleen Mayhew of Welches and Michael Mayhew of Enterprise.

Roger was a marathon runner, avid tennis player, cyclist and hiker. His main love in life was the Oregon Ducks. He held season tickets for football and never missed a track meet.

He was a member of The Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration in Sisters, where he served as Treasurer and was always the main money taker at all church functions.

Roger and his wife were active for years with the Sisters Folk Festival and were members of the Folk Art Circle. He loved auctions and was involved with the American Diabetes Fundraiser in Portland for 22 years.

There will be a Celebration of Life on Saturday, April 22 in the Community Hall at The Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration in Sisters at 11 a.m. Oregon Duck clothes are welcome attire!


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