Martin Elmer Nelson

Martin Elmer Nelson, 89, passed away Thursday, October 19, 2017, at Legacy Silverton Medical Center, Oregon.Martin was born on August 27, 1928, in North Platte, to Nels and Hazel (Middleton) Nelson, the oldest of seven children.  He was raised for a time in the Tryon, area, moving to Oregon as a young boy with his family and settling in the Silverton area.  Throughout most of his life, Martin worked for a paper mill.  He later met and married Evelyn Jean Peterson and shared 26 years together prior to her passing away on Nov. 25, 2008.  Martin loved hunting, fishing, camping and gardening. He is preceded in death by his parents, wife and two siblings.Martin is survived by, step-children: Colleen (Mike) Collins, Stacey (Matthew) Haller and Todd (Heather) Stevahn; siblings: Bruce (Judy) Nelson, Jim Nelson, Dessie Tegland and Myra Warren; and grandchildren: Morgan Ellis, Kayley Haller, Caleb Collins, Daisy Stevahn and Lucy Stevahn.A celebration of Martin's life was held Saturday, November 18,  at the Silvertowne Apartments Community Room. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to any Heart and/or Diabetes Association.Arrangements with Unger Funeral Chapel.