Farewell to
Lieutenant Colonel Paul Nelson

USMLM Executive Officer (XO) and Liaison Officer

We salute you for your service to our nation.

Skier dies in Breckenridge 'incident'
Vail Daily

Paul Nelson, 57, of Lafayette, was a retired lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army

Nicole Formosa
March 3, 2006

BRECKENRIDGE - A 57-year-old Lafayette man was pronounced dead at the Breckenridge Medical Center Wednesday afternoon after a ski incident on the intermediate Claimjumper trail on Breckenridge's Peak 8, according to a release from the resort.

Retired Lt. Col. Paul Nelson may have lost control while skiing and run into trees, said Summit County deputy coroner Mike Schmitt.

Nelson's son-in-law Michael Scanlon said Nelson served in the U.S. Army and was stationed in the Soviet Union in the 1990s inspecting Russian nuclear plants.

"It's common to say someone is a great guy when he dies, but (Nelson) truly was a great guy. We're getting calls from all over the world today," Scanlon said.

Nelson was not wearing a helmet at the time of the incident. Nelson's death was the fifth skiing-related fatality in Colorado this year.

A 43-year-old Air Force major from Monument died Feb. 15 after hitting a tree on Breckenridge's Peak 8, and a 28-year-old Illinois man died the following week at Swedish Medical Center in Denver after colliding with a tree on Breckenridge's Four O' Clock run.

On Feb. 9, a Maryland man was killed at Beaver Creek after colliding with another skier, then crashing into a tree.

On Feb. 11, a 22-year-old Aspen Skiing Co. employee died from the severe head injuries he suffered two-and-a-half weeks earlier when he collided with a tree at Snowmass.

Last year, there were nine skier deaths in the state, according to Ashley Boyden with Colorado Ski Country USA.

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Our friend and patriot, passed away March 1st, 2006, in an accident in Breckenridge, CO.   Paul was a good friend to all.  He organized the many annual memorial services dedicated to LTC Arthur Nicholson and will be sorely missed.


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