FM 41 to be renamed in honor of former Lubbock councilman

FM 41 to be renamed in honor of former Lubbock councilman

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David Nelson was a Lubbock native and graduate of Texas Tech.

"David loved Lubbock, and for him, this community was his passion," County Judge Curtis Parrish said.

Nelson served his home city for most of his life, Parrish said. He supported local high schools, Texas Tech and was a proponent of the city.

The late former councilman had an extensive legal career. He served on the Lubbock City Council from 1997-2002 and was elected to the County Court of Law No. 3 last year. 

"This was David's Home," Parrish said. "This was where he grew up and has been involved in the Lubbock Community his whole life up until his tragic death last summer." 

On July 18, 2018, Nelson was traveling westbound on FM 41 on a bicycle when he was struck and killed by a pickup truck.

In honor of his lifelong service, county leaders are showing support to a state resolution to give FM 41 a new name: David Nelson Memorial Highway.

"The state of Texas has passed a bill through the house through our representatives Dustin Burrows and John Frullo, passed a resolution through the house to rename FM 41 as the David Nelson Memorial Highway," Parrish said.

When county leaders were asked to get on board with the resolution, Parrish said there was no hesitation.

"So, on Monday, the Lubbock County Commissioners Court will pass a resolution, supporting the renaming of FM 41," he said.

The hope is when drivers are on this highway, they are reminded of what David Nelson did for the county, he said.

"We don't have too many of those around anymore," Parrish said. "Just these great men and women who, for no selfish ambition of their own, want to see their community grow and thrive. David Nelson was one of those, and he is going to be dearly, dearly missed." 

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