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374 N. Magnolia Ave.
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Nelson Escue
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Nelson Brewer Escue
1927 - 2017
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Obituary for Nelson Escue

Nelson Escue
Nelson Brewer Escue
February 25th 1927-December 28th 2017

​Nelson Escue was born in Okmulgee, Oklahoma to Bertna Mae Brewer and Elmer Nelson Escue. Following the death of his father at the age of one, Nelson was raised by his grandparents Alice Craig and Lee Brewer. He had a special love for his grandmother who taught him kindness and was a strong influence on his life. Bertna Mae Brewer remarried and gave Nelson a younger brother, Gary Zane Jackson. Nelson was extremely close to Gary and also his three aunts Roxie, Irene, and Marceline and his two uncles Siney and Finn.
Growing up in the depression, Nelson would often find ways to make money for the family. At the age of 13, he worked full-time in a bakery while going to school to help provide for his family. He also threw newspapers with his cousin Billy Webb to afford them the Saturday afternoon luxury of the picture-show.
​As the nation entered World War II, Nelson joined the Marines at 17 years of age. As he was being deployed, the war in Europe ended and Japan surrendered. Nelson spent his military service as part of the occupational force in Japan.
​Responding to his deep love for the earth, he used the GI Bill to get a degree in Geology from Oklahoma University. Shortly after getting his degree, Nelson took a job with Standard Vacuum (today’s Exxon-Mobile). This job took him to the jungles of Sumatra in Indonesia where he learned Indonesian and Malay.
​At 24 years old, Nelson met Suzanne Jalboud while on holiday in Singapore, and they married shortly thereafter. While continuing to work in Sumatra, they welcomed their first child Jeffrey. In 1955, they moved from Indonesia to Liberal, Kansas, and in 1957, Nelson went out on his own to start First National Oil. As Nelson developed a reputation as a gifted petroleum geologist, he and Suzanne had 6 other children: Micheline, Matthew, Cassandra, Montgomery, Penelope and Merrili. Nelson and Suzanne eventually moved their family to La Mesa California in 1974 where they continued to raise their family and grow his oil company. In 1984, Nelson began a new family with Peaches Windle. Together they had two children: Andrew and Sasha. As a father, Nelson enjoyed teaching his children about the world through his love of nature, travel and lifelong learning.
​Through Nelson’s gift for geology, his geological interpretations were responsible for the discovery of numerous oil fields in the Hugoton and Anadarko basins of Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas. In those times, geology was an art as much as a science, and Nelson was very well-respected in his field.
​Nelson was a highly intelligent and inquisitive man who read voraciously and kept himself well educated on the issues of his day. After living for 90 years 10 months and 3 days he died peacefully in his sleep. He will be remembered by all the family and friends he leaves behind. He is survived by his wife Peaches Windle, eight children, 13 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren, a niece, nephew and cousin.

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He is survived by his wife Peaches Windle, eight children Jeffrey Escue, Micheline Escue, Cassandra Thorson, Montgomery Escue, Penelope Chase, Merrili Escue, Andrew Escue and Sasha Escue. He is also survived by 13 grandchildren Michael Escue, Timothy Escue, Olivia Holvik, Kate Bourne, Mary Beth Bourne, Christopher Escue, Shanna Schmidt, Brock Thorson, Alexandra Thorson, David Escue, Elizabeth Escue, Brittany Nemerow, and Jennifer Ryan, 6 great-grandchildren, and his nephew Brad Jackson and niece Rachel Jackson.
Services for Nelson will be held on Friday, January 5th at 10:00 AM at East County Mortuary in El Cajon CA. His body will be laid to rest with a graveside service at Mountain View Cemetery in Amboy, WA on Saturday, January 6th at 2:00 PM.

Life Story for Nelson Escue

Nelson Brewer Escue
February 25th 1927-December 28th 2017

​Nelson Escue was born in Okmulgee, Oklahoma to Bertna Mae Brewer and Elmer Nelson Escue. Following the death of his father at the age of one, Nelson was raised by his grandparents Alice Craig and Lee Brewer. He had a special love for his grandmother who taught him kindness and was a strong influence on his life. Bertna Mae Brewer remarried and gave Nelson a younger brother, Gary Zane Jackson. Nelson was extremely close to Gary and also his three aunts Roxie, Irene, and Marceline and his two uncles Siney and Finn.
Growing up in the depression, Nelson would often find ways to make money for the family. At the age of 13, he worked full-time in a bakery while going to school to help provide for his family. He also threw newspapers with his cousin Billy Webb to afford them the Saturday afternoon luxury of the picture-show.
​As the nation entered World War II, Nelson joined the Marines at 17 years of age. As he was being deployed, the war in Europe ended and Japan surrendered. Nelson spent his military service as part of the occupational force in Japan.
​Responding to his deep love for the earth, he used the GI Bill to get a degree in Geology from Oklahoma University. Shortly after getting his degree, Nelson took a job with Standard Vacuum (today’s Exxon-Mobile). This job took him to the jungles of Sumatra in Indonesia where he learned Indonesian and Malay.
​At 24 years old, Nelson met Suzanne Jalboud while on holiday in Singapore, and they married shortly thereafter. While continuing to work in Sumatra, they welcomed their first child Jeffrey. In 1955, they moved from Indonesia to Liberal, Kansas, and in 1957, Nelson went out on his own to start First National Oil. As Nelson developed a reputation as a gifted petroleum geologist, he and Suzanne had 6 other children: Micheline, Matthew, Cassandra, Montgomery, Penelope and Merrili. Nelson and Suzanne eventually moved their family to La Mesa California in 1974 where they continued to raise their family and grow his oil company. In 1984, Nelson began a new family with Peaches Windle. Together they had two children: Andrew and Sasha. As a father, Nelson enjoyed teaching his children about the world through his love of nature, travel and lifelong learning.
​Through Nelson’s gift for geology, his geological interpretations were responsible for the discovery of numerous oil fields in the Hugoton and Anadarko basins of Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas. In those times, geology was an art as much as a science, and Nelson was very well-respected in his field.
​Nelson was a highly intelligent and inquisitive man who read voraciously and kept himself well educated on the issues of his day. After living for 90 years 10 months and 3 days he died peacefully in his sleep. He will be remembered by all the family and friends he leaves behind. He is survived by his wife Peaches Windle, eight children, 13 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren, a niece, nephew and cousin.