Ray B. Nelson



(killed in an oil well explosion at age 22)


Ray "B" and his twin brother, Rex "M", were born in St. George on September 8, 1912.

Ray worked at the OK Market, a family business on Main Street in St. George.

On March 6, 1935, Ray and many other Dixie citizens went out to the site of the Escalante No. 1 Oil Well to watch the spectacle of an expected gusher. But as explosives were being lowered into well, they exploded prematurely killing 10 people, including Ray.


Parents and Siblings:
    Henry Ernest Nelson
    Euphemia Miles Nelson Whipple Prince  
        Alice Nelson
        Rex M. Nelson
        Ray B. Nelson
        Miles Ernest Nelson
        Evelyn Nelson

(xx/xx/xxxx-xx/xx/xxxx)   (married xx/xx/xxxx)
(xx/xx/xxxx-xx/xx/xxxx)   (went by the nickname, "Famie")
(xx/xx/xxxx-xx/xx/xxxx)   (married Frank Milne)
(9/8/1912-8/18/1968)   (married Cleo Higgins)
(xx/xx/xxxx-xx/xx/xxxx)   (married Melba Swapp)
(xx/xx/xxxx-12/10/2012)   (married Norman J. Hunt)


Ray B. Nelson
Infant Twins
          Ray B. Nelson
          About Age 3 or 4
      Ray B. Nelson
      Age 15
Ray B. Nelson
In Between Friends
      Ray B. Nelson
      With His Dog
      Ray B. Nelson
      At the Market

WCHS photos:
WCHS-01363     Photo of Ray in front of the family market on Main Street in St. George
WCHS-01376     Photo of siblings Ray Nelson, Rex Nelson, and Alice Nelson
WCHS-02645     Photo of Ray B. Nelson and two friends
WCHS-02646     Photo of Ray B. Nelson and two friends
WCHS-03159     Photo of Ray B. Nelson & female friend at the Grand Canyon


A Summary of What I Have Learned Through The Years About My Uncle Ray B Nelson
Prepared by nephew Clark N. Nelson, Sr.
March 25, 2015

Ray B. Nelson obituary
Washington County News,   March 14, 1935,   Page 4