May 17, 1949 ~ February 12, 2023
Theodore (Ted) Edward Nelson, 73, passed away peacefully at home in New Braunfels, TX on February 12, 2023. Ted’s devotion to his loved ones and faith in God supported him during the tragic battle with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis. Ted’s family honored his wishes so he could be happy, comfortable, and cared for at home until he was embraced in the arms of Jesus. Ted was born in San Pedro, CA on May 17, 1949. His most shared experiences were family memories and achievements in baseball, football, and dance. Ted’s earliest athletic accomplishment was in little league baseball. During high school years, he transitioned to become a drafting level football player. Although Ted excelled in football, his disciplined and motivated spirit lead him to follow his true passion, dance. He developed into a professional ballet dancer and traveled the world dancing for the Joffrey ballet. He starred in numerous shows and positively impacted the lives of many with his expertise. Later in his performing years, Ted met the love of his life, Janis Harrington who became his wife and the mother of his two children, Joseph Nelson, and Audrina Cauley (Nelson). Sadly, Janis passed away in 2003 after a strenuous fight against cancer. Ted continued to be the optimistic and courageous father he was from the start and raised his two children with compassion and love as a single parent. In Ted’s recent years, he was called to open Ted’s Total Nutrition and Fitness where he offered healthy lifestyle guidance, taught dance, instructed fitness classes and helped those in need until God called him home. Ted was blessed with a close family and a village of dear friends. He was a faithful servant that lived as an angel on earth. Those who crossed his path remember him most by his warm hugs, vivacious laugh, encouraging nature, kind spirit, and irreplaceable advice. Ted’s children consider him their greatest support system, number one fan, and their best friend. Ted is survived by his son Joseph Nelson (daughter-in-law Teri), daughter Audrina Nelson Cauley (son-in-law Don), grandchildren Charlotte, Aiden and Bailey, lifelong best friend Bob Randall, and a community of friends who were considered family. The Celebration of Life will take place at Freedom Fellowship Church in New Braunfels, TX on March 7, 2023, beginning at 11 AM and officiated by Pastor Dennis Gallaher. Flower donations can be sent to the church for the day of the service. Matthew 25:23 - Well done, good and faithful servant.