Walker Nelson Obituary, Death – Walker James Nelson died on Monday morning after a long battle with depression. His wit and stoicism left an indelible impression on everyone he met. He was 19. Walker was born on May 31, 2003, in Bozeman, and he is greatly loved and missed. In 2022, he graduated from Longfellow Elementary, Sacajawea Middle, and Bozeman High Schools. Walker developed an early interest in the arts, filling sketchbooks with his drawings. Throughout middle and high school, he, his brother Beckett, and their friends staged epic nerf and airsoft battles both outside and (much to his mother’s chagrin) inside the house.
He was a huge Lego fan, spending hours with his brother building city skylines from all over the world. They had fun riding bikes and playing video games together, taking their nerf battles into the virtual realm. Walker found solace in books and chess, which he played with his father and brother. He pursued some of these interests while on the road, attending summer camp in Wisconsin and traveling with family to Idaho, Hawaii, Washington, Oregon, Georgia, and California – he recently returned from a fall European adventure with friends.
He visited family in Alabama and Florida on annual trips to the Gulf Coast, where he enjoyed time on the water, exploring coastal forts, and learning about a foreign southern culture. He was pleased with his work at Town & Country and enjoyed the small-town atmosphere. Walker’s parents, Bill and Marty Nelson, Tom and Laurie McGuane, and Chris and Noreen Hume, as well as numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends, survive him.
Walker’s life will be celebrated at St. James Episcopal Church, 5 West Olive in Bozeman, on Saturday, December 10, 2022, at 1:30 p.m. Everyone is invited to a reception following the service at the Rialto Theater, located at 10 West Main Street in Bozeman. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that anyone who is able to contribute to the Walker Nelson Memorial Fund, which was set up to honor Walker’s life and to support causes that promote and pursue suicide prevention and mental health programs: https://everloved.com/life-of/walker-nelson