Chief Deputy Constable David Elwood Nelson

Chief Deputy Constable David Elwood Nelson

Travis County Constable's Office - Precinct 3, Texas

End of Watch Monday, May 20, 1985

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David Elwood Nelson

Around 6:00 a.m. on May 3, 1985, Chief Deputy Constable David E. Nelson was traveling in 5500 block of U.S. Highway 290 in the Oak Hill community heading to Lake Travis to serve some civil papers. A large flatbed tractor trailer backed out of a parking lot. Nelson did not react fast enough and collided with the truck. He was taken to Brackenridge Hospital where he died from his injuries at 2:25 a.m. on May 20, 1985. He was 7 days short of his 60th birthday.

Nelson was survived by his wife, Beatrice Carlson Nelson, two sisters and two brothers. He was buried in the Capital Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Austin.


  • Age 59
  • Tour 9 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Automobile crash
  • Incident Date Friday, May 3, 1985

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Rest in Peace Chief Deputy David Elwood Nelson. Thank You for your Service and Sacrifice protecting the citizens of Travis County, Texas.

I Pray for Peace for your Loved ones and the men and women that now serve Travis County, Texas.


Senior Special Agent B.L. Sherwood
Port Terminal Railroad Police Houston, TX

May 20, 2016

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