Douglas Rich Nelson\n\nDouglas Rich Nelson passed away peacefully on September 19, 2022, after a three-decade battle with MUC1 kidney disease. Doug was born adventurous and with a smile on his face on September 22, 1953, in Salt Lake City, Utah to parents he adored – Roscoe Maughan Nelson and Joyce Rich Nelson, the fifth of six children. \n\nDoug loved growing up in Provo with his friends and family and thrived at Provo High School, serving as Senior Class President. He was a stellar swimmer and the life of the party. \n\nAs a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Doug provided leadership to the newly formed Alaska Mission. He loved sharing the principles that made him happy and always told stories about tracting in negative 60-degree weather and being invited in because “whatever they were selling must be worth it.” \n\nDoug had a zeal for life and loved traveling to over 60 countries, which started early with his mother’s family travels throughout Southeast Asia (age 15), the Middle East (age 16), hitch-hiking around Africa/climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro (age 25), and traveling with his Uncle Bill around the world (age 25). Doug’s kids’ favorite bedtime stories were the ones that involved his various travels through African civil-war zones and sleeping out under the stars with lions’ eyes glowing in the distance. \n\nDoug received his bachelor’s degree and MBA from Brigham Young University. In 1988, he married Janene Berrier and together they had three daughters – Lindsay LuAnn, Amy Noelle, and Aubrey Joyce. \n\nThough his body failed him countless times, Doug was an involved and loving dad. He never missed a choir performance, swim meet, or a chance to proclaim how much he loved his kids to anyone within earshot. He adored his three girls and their families and never missed an opportunity to tell them how proud he was or to loudly cheer them on. We’ll miss his singing voicemails, constant quirky gifts, and his tender heart.\n\nDoug was the epitome of grit, hope, and positivity. He held onto this life much longer than the odds he was given and left behind a legacy of tenacity and an unshakable and deep testimony of Christ and God's plan. Doug was deeply spiritual and was always waiting on the Lord’s timing. He loved his Heavenly Father, and we know the reunion was sweet with his dad, mom, and sister. \n \nIt’s impossible to sum Doug up, but here’s what we admired – he was optimistic, full of grit, loyal, a true friend, self-confident and unafraid. He was courageous as he faced his trials and declared himself “warrior Doug” as he braved three separate rounds of dialysis, two kidney transplants, and dozens of hospital stays. He was grateful for the help he received and we as a family feel deeply moved that he had such an amazing support system of friends and family that lifted him up in his final years. \n\nHe is survived by his three children: Lindsay (Si), Amy (Eric), and Aubrey (Nate); his six grandchildren: Aspen, Carter, Greyson, Chloe, Lincoln, and Weston; his siblings: Stephen (Gina), (Bob), Richard (Karen), Scott (Deborah), Claire (Dick); many nieces and nephews; and incredible friends. He is preceded in death by his parents, Roscoe and Joyce, and sister, Marcia Ann.\n\nThe funeral will be held Friday, September 30th at 11:00 am with a viewing held before from 9:30-10:30 am. All services will be at Nelson Family Mortuary – 4780 N University Ave, Provo, UT 84604. \n\nIn lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations be made to the Rare Kidney Disease Foundation (www.rarekidney.org/donate) to fund research, patient support, and advocacy for FDA approval to cure the ADTKD (MUC1 kidney disease).