Seeley Swan Pathfinder -

By Nathan Bourne

Remembering Mr. Nelson

Editor's Note


Nathan Bourne, Pathfinder

A memorial honoring Cliff Nelson sits in front of Seeley Lake Elementary's gymnasium. This Friday, Sept. 30, marks 20 years since Nelson's murder, which remains unsolved.

SEELEY LAKE - It's been 20 years this Sept. 30, since the unsolved murder of seventh and eighth-grade teacher Cliff Nelson. His 20-year tenure at Seeley Lake Elementary came to an end that night but his memories live on in those of us who were lucky enough to have known him as Mr. Nelson.

On this anniversary I find myself in a strange place, one that even Mr. Nelson would have found to be most amusing, owning the Seeley Swan Pathfinder. Tonight as I scroll though the archives of the Pathfinder, floods of memories come back, old names I hadn't thought of in ages, the plays we did, the "Red L...

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Reader Comments

Tracy writes:

Mr. Nelson had such a profound impact on me and countless others! He believed in me like no other teach did. He pushed me, a lot... but that is because he saw something in me that I didn't know was there. We all still talk about him and share stories. Although my daughter has never met him, she knows about Mr. Nelson and how much he meant to me:). Can't believe it has been 20 years............. Cheers to you Cliff, your memory will live on.


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