Commander Isiah Nelson, III

Commander Isiah Nelson, III

San Francisco Police Department, California

End of Watch Saturday, April 14, 1990

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Isiah Nelson, III

Commander Isiah Nelson was killed when his motorcycle struck a concrete barrier on Interstate 280 while returning from a security detail at Candlestick Park.

Commander Nelson had served with the San Francisco Police Department for 19 years. He is survived by his wife and two sons.


  • Age 36
  • Tour 19 years
  • Badge 869

Incident Details

  • Cause Motorcycle crash

secondary employment, motorcycle

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It’s July 2922, and the actor James Caan died today.
It’s all over the news.
Actors like Pacino and De Niro are reflecting on Caan’s death and commenting.
But it makes me think of you.
I worked with your mom beginning in 1964 at SSA.
She taught me a lot about life.
Over many years, she talked to me about you as you were growing up.
In the early 1970s, James Caan was starring in the movie “Freebie and the Bean” which was being filmed in San Francisco.
Oce told me to be sure to look for you (hired as an extra) driving a car in one of the chase scenes on the streets of San Francisco.
As far as we were concerned, you were the star of that movie.
In fact, you were always the light in her eyes and the immense pride in her voice when she spoke of you, Ike.
You did your mother proud.
What a fine man you grew up to be.
It’s said that we only die when no one remembers us any longer.
You have been kept alive in the hearts of the many who still love and remember you.
Rest In Peace, Ike; we remember you.

Oce’s friend

July 8, 2022

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