Kenneth Edward


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Kenneth Edward Nelson

Mar 23 1949 - Mar 02 2007

Kenneth Edward Nelson, born March 23, 1949 in Chicago, went home to be with his Lord Friday, March 2, 2007, surrounded by his family, following a battle with brain cancer. He earned a Political Science degree from Illinois Wesleyan University, where he met and married Nancy Coleman of Longview, TX. Ken’s passions included his Lord, his family and politics. Ken joined the winning Bill Clements gubernatorial campaign and ran numerous state and local campaigns. Ken was appointed the Red River Compact Commissioner from Texas, making him a one-man state agency. Ken founded a telecom consulting firm and pioneered telecom applications. His clients included the Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas County Government Offices, Johnson Swanson & Gibbs, Hermann Memorial Hospital, Microsoft, Nortel, and the U.S. Department of Justice. Ken was a renowned speaker, and helped establish the Univ. of Dallas Grad School of Mgmt MBA in Telecommunications. Ken served his community as president of the Wolf Creek HOA, member of the Plano Homeowner Council and president of Texas Neighborhoods Together. He was active in the Power for Living Bible Fellowship, Prestonwood Baptist Church. Ken was preceded in death by his grandparents and his mother, Catherine. He is survived by his wife, Nancy; daughter Christy Payne and husband Bryan; sons David and Daniel Nelson; adopted son Kyron Sullivan; father Wil Nelson and sisters Judy and Bonnie Nelson. At Ken’s request, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Brain Tumor Association or in support of his family (c/o Prestonwood Baptist Church – designated “Ken Nelson’s Survivors’ Fund”). Visitation, 3 -5 p.m. Sat., Mar 3, Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Funeral Home, Allen. Graveside services, Sun., Mar 4, 3 p.m., at Pecan Grove Cemetery, McKinney. Memorial service, 5 p.m., Chapel, Prestonwood Baptist Church, Plano.
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