Don Nelson Absolutely Flyin' Fund

About the fund

Don Nelson

Sports were a big part of Don’s life. Don was a positive and happy person whose favorite word was “absolutely.” His pet phrases were “absolutely delighted!” and “absolutely marvelous!” “That was how he approached life and people,” said Carol. “He thought they were delightful and marvelous.” Don died peacefully and unexpectedly on June 1, 2004.

After a race, Don would always say, “Did you see that kid? He was absolutely flyin’!” That phrase is a fitting reminder of Don’s enthusiasm and zest for life, and Don’s family created the Don Nelson Absolutely Flyin’ Fund to support track and cross-country at Corvallis High School, Crescent Valley High School, and Philomath High School.


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