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ou would be hard-pressed to find anyone who has attended Snow College in the past four decades who doesn’t know Bart Nelson—a celebrated math teacher, a beloved mentor, and a great friend. Bart Nelson and Snow College are practically synonymous with each other, like peanut butter and jelly, or better yet, differential equations and calculus! The fact remains that many students have had the privilege of taking math from Bart Nelson, and his contributions to Snow College are truly legendary.
serve his community and its youth inspired Bart to serve as a councilman on the Ephraim City Council for eight years, where he was instrumental in the planning and development of the Ephraim City Baseball/Softball Complex. Prior to serving on the council, he had volunteered as director of the Ephraim City Recreation Board for six years, continuing to serve on the board for many years thereafter. Bart truly understood the value the baseball/softball complex would have for the youth of the Ephraim community. Service has always been paramount for Bart Nelson. He has been a member of the Ephraim Lions Club for the past 35 years, serving as president of the club for three terms. He is still active in the club and is one of its top recruiters. Because of the club affiliation and Bart’s love of youth sports, he has been the director of the Ephraim Lions Club Annual Baseball/Softball Scholarship Tournament since joining the club. The Lions Tournament is a highlight for hundreds of kids each summer who receive an opportunity to participate in sports, serve others in the tournament, and raise funds for local high school graduates to attend Snow College.
James Bart Nelson was born in Price, Utah, to James Rodney and Alice Tucker Nelson. Bart attended Fairview elementary and junior high schools, and he graduated from North Sanpete High School in 1959. Bart became a Snow College Badger in the fall of 1959, and he completed his degree in the spring of 1961. After graduating from Utah State University, Bart was offered a teaching position at Uintah High School in Vernal and taught there for three years. In the fall of 1965, he was hired to teach mathematics at Snow College. Bart has taught thousands of students during his 42 years as a faculty member. He still receives cards and letters from former students who write or call to thank him for being such a great teacher and influence for good in their lives. Known to his close friends as “the Renaissance Man,” Bart has always welcomed change and a chance to learn and help others. In August 2006, Bart was awarded the Jesse Madsen Brady Teaching Award. Since his retirement in May 2007, Bart has continued to teach one to two classes per semester. He has always had a great love for Snow College and its mission in serving the students who have attended throughout the years. Bart has always had a great love of tennis and baseball. He served as a tennis coach at Snow College for over 20 years. For 26 years, he served as the tournament director for the state 2A and 3A high school tennis tournaments for the Utah High School Activities Association. His desire to 26
Bart remains active in the Boy Scouts of America and the LDS Church. He served for three years as a Cubmaster and now serves as a merit badge counselor for the Citizenship in the Community merit badge. He has served in many callings, such as a bishop, a high councilor, and a Primary teacher, to name just a few, for the LDS Church in the Snow College and Ephraim stakes. Bart and his wife, Barbara, now enjoy working as service missionaries at the Manti Bishops’ Storehouse, helping families in need. Bart has always been a good friend and neighbor, helping and giving generously to many in need. He and Barbara enjoy spending time with their six children, 14 grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. In addition to being very active in their family’s lives, they continue to support Snow College in as many cultural and sporting events as they are able to attend. Bart has solved more than math problems for many and is an endearing part of what makes Snow College great. He may work with very complex equations, but he has never forgotten a simple solution—serving others is the best “proof” of true humanity. This year, Bart will receive the Snow College Distinguished Alumnus Award, to honor his many years of service. He will be honored during 2013 Homecoming, on September 28. 20 1 3 | S N O W CO L L EG E M AG A ZI N E
Fall 2013 Snow College Magazine