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Juneau resident Michael Aaron Nelson, 30, formerly of Provo, Utah, died April 10, 2004. He was born April 15, 1971.
Mike was an experienced mountaineering guide and partial owner of Above & Beyond Alaska in Juneau. He had trekked extensively in Alaska, Utah, Colorado, Washington state and the Himalayan region of India and Nepal.
At the time of his death, Mike had begun a much-anticipated, long-distance trek. On the fourth day, he and a friend made their way across Harlequin Lake, a glacial lake near Yakutat. In spite of his expertise and precautions, the ice gave way several times. Weakened from the cold , Mike had not the physical strength of pull himself out of the frigid water, but died there, doing what he loved best; at one with the natural world.
His friends said, "Michael leaves a powerful legacy of love and loyalty - he will be sorely missed."
He was a 1991 graduate of Provo High School and had attended Brigham Young University. He served in the Puebla, Mexico, mission.
Mike is survived by his father, Morris (Kathy) Nelson; mother, Kristin (Don) Wilson, brothers, Jonathan (Lorissa) Nelson, Jeffrey (Melissa) Nelson and Matthew (Camilla) Nelson.
Viewings will be held from 6-8 p.m. Friday, April 16, at Walker Mortuary, 85 East 300 South, Provo, and from 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Saturday, April 17, at the Grandview 16th Ward Chapel, 1260 West 1150 North, Provo. Services will follow at 1:00 p.m. Interment will be at Provo City Cemetery.
There will be a celebration of his life at the end of April in Juneau. Please contact Sean and Becky Janes for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To send condolences to the family, please visit www.walkerfamilymortuaries.com.