Deputy Sheriff Clifford W. Nelson

Deputy Sheriff Clifford W. Nelson

Pima County Sheriff's Department, Arizona

End of Watch Tuesday, October 23, 1928

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Clifford W. Nelson

Deputy Sheriff Clifford Nelson was killed in an airplane crash during a search and rescue mission for a missing person.

The plane was being used to search for a man who had gone missing while hunting in the Santa Catalina Mountains. The plane crashed into the CaƱada del Oro approximatley four miles east of the Oracle Road. Deputy Nelson and the other three occupants were killed in the crash.

Deputy Nelson was a U.S. Army veteran of WWI and had served with the Pima County Sheriff's Department for 14 months. He was survived by his wife and two children.


  • Age 40
  • Tour 1 year, 2 months
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Aircraft accident

aerial search

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Deputy Sheriff Nelson,
On today, the 90th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Pima County. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

October 23, 2018

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