Former Lubbock City Council member David Nelson killed in bicycl

Former Lubbock City Council member David Nelson killed in bicycle crash

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

Texas Department of Public Safety identifies 67-year-old John David Nelson as the man killed during an early-morning fatal crash between a bike and a truck.

DPS report Nelson was traveling west bound on FM 41, when 37-year-old Rocky Wilson, driving a Ford pickup struck him from behind.

Nelson was transported to UMC where he later died.  

David Nelson was the Lubbock County Court at Law No.3 elect. He served on Lubbock City Council from 1997 to 2002 and was a partner for Nelson and Nelson Attorneys. The Lubbock native graduated from Texas Tech in the 1970's with a bachelors and law degree. 

His closest friends said David Nelson dedicated his entire life to serving others. Mark Griffin knew him for more than 40 years. 

"What you see with David, many times was what you got," Nelson said. "I would describe him as loyal." 

Phyllis Jones Beasley helped Nelson with his campaign. The former councilwoman said he had been a mentor throughout her career. 

"You would never meet a warmer person, a better friend, a better supporter and cheerleader for you to accomplish the things you might want to in life," Beasley said. 

Nelson has a long list of accomplishments. He was appointed by two governors to state boards which include the Texas Commission of Jail Standards and the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

Philanthropically, he was chairman of the Family Outreach Center, Ronald McDonald House, and The National Kidney Foundation. 

Culturally, he and his family played a significant role in promoting the arts. 

"He helped us be able to do the music crossroads, the buddy holly festival, the music festivals, he was always so supportive," Beasley said. 

Beasley said he was passionate about revitalizing the Depot District including supporting the opening of The Buddy Holly Center. 

"He saw that those were good things for the public," Beasley said. "It helped our quality of life, and to embrace our arts, and embrace the talents. " 

Lubbock Congressman Jodey Arrington said Nelson was one of the most kind, thoughtful, and loyal people he has ever known. In a joint statement, Lubbock County Commissioners call him a leader in the community and a highly respected attorney. 

T.J. Patterson served on council with Nelson. He said Nelson cared about the entire city and was always working to make Lubbock a better place. 

"Lubbock is so spread out now, we need more David Nelson's," Patterson said. 

Griffin said it was Nelson's dream to be a judge. 

"I think David would of been a very, very good judge, cause his character was bent on being compassionate,being fair, and seeing justice served," Griffin said. "I think he would of been a great asset to this community in that regard so I'm sad that he won't be able to fulfill that dream that he had."   

To replace Nelson, the Lubbock County Republican Party's executive committee will nominate a candidate to replace him on the November ballot. The nomination will require a majority vote. The deadline is August 27th. 

Congressman Jodey Arrington (TX-19) today released the following statement on the passing of former Lubbock City Councilman David Nelson:

“My heart is broken over the loss of my dear friend and former Lubbock City Councilman, David Nelson, and for his wife Ainsley. David was one of the most kind, thoughtful, and loyal people I’ve ever known. He was passionate about his family; baseball and physical fitness; and serving Lubbock, Texas. My thoughts are with Ainsley, Jack, Jill, and his entire family, as I cannot fathom their grief. There are those who talk about their faith and others who just quietly and diligently live it. David was the latter, and I’m confident the Lord has reserved a special place in heaven for him.”

Statement from Nelson family: 

The family of David Nelson has asked us to release this statement on his passing this morning.

“We want to thank everyone for the out pouring of support we are receiving during this tragic time. We are still in shock and working to process what happened. David was a beloved member of our Lubbock community and we know many of you will miss him as much as we will. We will be ready to talk more about David and celebrate his life soon. In the meantime we ask for your continued prayers as we mourn this unexpected loss.”

Statement from Lubbock County Commissioner’s Court:

Lubbock County is saddened by the sudden loss of David Nelson. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Nelson family, his many friends and colleagues.

David was a leader in our Community and a highly respected attorney. He was the Republican candidate for Judge of the Lubbock County Court at Law #3 for the upcoming November General Election. The leadership of the Lubbock County Republican Party will nominate the candidate to fill this untimely opening.

Statement from the City of Lubbock:

The City of Lubbock is saddened by the sudden loss of former City Councilman David Nelson. We are grateful for his years of service to our city and appreciate his continued desire to serve the public.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Nelson family during this difficult time.

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