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May 26, 2019

5/1/2019 8:45:00 AM
Iowa County unexpectedly loses one of its leaders
It is always a tragedy when a community loses one of its leaders. That was no exception for the Iowa County Courthouse, and its staff members.
Last Tuesday afternoon, Dodgeville Emergency Medical Services were paged to the District Attorney's office at the Courthouse for a male party that had passed out. Details were released later that the individual was Iowa County District Attorney Larry Nelson.
Nelson passed away that day, from a pulmonary embolism.
Nelson received his law degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison Law School. Nelson was Iowa County's District Attorney for the past 13 years, since being appointed by former Governor Jim Doyle. Prior to his appointment, he served as the assistant district attorney and was the corporate counsel.
Nelson worked to impose justice as Iowa County's main prosecutor, and helped to convict criminals in offenses such as homicide, sexual assault and other major violations. His most recent case is the Austin Valdez case, who is charged with first degree reckless homicide. That case was a mistrial, which will run as a retrial in late July of this year.
Dodgeville Chronicle editor and co-publisher Pat Reilly said he was saddened by Nelson's untimely death.
"I knew him as a District Attorney and feel he did a very good job in a very difficult profession," Reilly said. "You don't always make friends in a position like that but you can earn respect. I feel Larry Nelson earned respect, and for sure he earned mine."
Reilly said he also knew Nelson outside the courthouse.
"He is related to some of my cousins and we played basketball together in the Dodgeville City League for several years. He was a good guy to be around."
His unexpected passing left great devastation to those who knew him, worked with him, and to those who loved and respected him.
In a statement released last Wednesday by the Iowa County District Attorney's office, "D.A. Nelson was well-liked and respected by his staff and colleagues alike, and he exhibited integrity beyond reproach. His presence at the Iowa County District Attorney's Office will be sorely missed."
At this time, it is yet to be determined who will take over as Iowa County District Attorney. Matt Allen, currently serves as Iowa County's Assistant District Attorney.
Wisconsin State Governor Tony Evers authorized Executive Order 21, "that the flag of the United States and the flag of the State of Wisconsin may be flown at half-staff at all public buildings in Iowa County beginning at sunrise on April 22, 2019 and ending at sunset on April 23, 2019."
The order also reads, "Larry E. Nelson leaves behind an honorable legacy of service to Iowa County and his state, and the people of Wisconsin mourn his death."
Nelson leaves behind a wife, a son and a daughter. Funeral services were held on Tuesday, with Gorgen Funeral Services assisting the family. His family members ask for privacy during this time.

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