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Obituary, Death Pratt Community Mourns the Loss of Jason Nelson, Beloved EMS Director and Devoted Family Man
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Obituary, Death Pratt Community Mourns the Loss of Jason Nelson, Beloved EMS Director and Devoted Family Man

Mar 27, 2024
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The town of Pratt, Kansas, is enveloped in mourning following the tragic passing of Jason Nelson, a revered figure in the community and the dedicated Director of Caldwell Emergency Medical Service (EMS). At the age of 47, Nelson’s life was abruptly ended following an accident on Sunday, March 24, 2024, leaving behind a legacy of service, compassion, and an indelible mark on those who knew him.

Born on June 19, 1976, in Manhattan, Kansas, to Jim Nelson and Susan (Downing) Jacobs, Jason grew up to embody the virtues of kindness, dedication, and a boundless zest for life. His early years were marked by a joie de vivre and a profound sense of responsibility towards others, traits that would define his career and personal life. After completing his education at Rock Creek High School, Jason furthered his academic pursuits by obtaining an Associate Degree from Garden City Community College, setting the stage for a remarkable career in emergency medical services.

Jason’s professional journey was characterized by his unwavering commitment to saving lives and serving his community. Joining Pratt County EMS in 2018, he quickly distinguished himself as a paramedic of exceptional skill and dedication. His leadership as the Director of Caldwell EMS was instrumental in advancing the service’s mission and impact. Jason’s career also spanned several other notable roles, including positions at Harper Co., Mulvane, Medicine Lodge, and Kansas Heart Hospital. Perhaps most notably, his time as a flight paramedic for LifeTeam not only showcased his professional excellence but also saw the blossoming of a cherished personal relationship, as he met his partner Megan during this period.

Jason’s life was not solely defined by his professional achievements. He was a passionate supporter of KU sports, an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed fishing and hunting, and a devoted family man who cherished time spent with his beloved dogs. His love for leisure, from cruising to watching the ID Channel, and his luck at the casino, were facets of a life lived with joy and enthusiasm.

Tragically, Jason’s journey was cut short, leaving a void in the hearts of those who knew him. He is mourned by his loving wife, Megan Nelson of Wichita; his daughters, Kenzie, Kylie, and Kinley Nelson; his bonus children, Brenden and Brilynn Horn; and a large circle of family and friends who were touched by his generosity, spirit, and kindness.

As the community prepares to bid farewell to Jason, arrangements have been made for a visitation on Thursday, March 28, 2024, at Larrison Mortuary in Pratt, with a Celebration of Life to follow on Friday, March 29. The service, to be presided over by Pastor Tom Walters, promises to be a fitting tribute to a man whose life was a beacon of service, love, and commitment to the well-being of others.

Jason Nelson’s passing is a profound loss to the Pratt community and the many lives he touched through his work and personal endeavors. As those who knew him reflect on his legacy, it is clear that his memory will endure, inspiring acts of kindness, dedication to community service, and a commitment to living life to the fullest. Jason’s life, though tragically shortened, was a testament to the impact one individual can have on the world around them.

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