Nelson “Jim” Alexander died at home in Atascadero, surrounded by family on Sept. 28. Nelson was born in 1934 in Yettum, Calif. One of eight children born to a sharecropper and housewife who farmed in Visalia.
At a young age he moved to Los Angeles and worked for National Cash Register as a draftsman where he assisted in the drawings for the first computer and also where he met and married his wife of 62 years, Barta Jo (Holland) Alexander.
In the early ‘60’s they relocated to Yucaipa, Calif., where Nelson saw an opportunity to start a small business. He cleverly designed a proprietary system and then contracted with the town to read their water meters and continued to do so until 1978 when he moved his family to Atascadero and contracted with the City of Atascadero to read their water meters.
With the help of his wife and two children, Tim Alexander and Tamra Alexander-Cook, he continued to grow his small business. He retired in 2003 and his daughter Tamra in 2006, becoming minor shareholders in the company, but he still went into the office weekly to discuss the status of the business with his son Tim, the president and major shareholder of the company, and to offer advice when possible.
He took great pride that his small business, which still reads the meters for the city of Atascadero, had grown to cover meter reading services in five states and led to the development of specialized software utilized by companies all over the world.
Even in his 80’s he was called upon to serve on the board of directors and provided valuable strength and leadership to protect the company.
Because of his business knowledge and vast personal wisdom, he was able to advise and guide the new generation of the corporation in ways that truly helped solve problems when major crisis seemed imminent. He was truly a kind and valued leader.
Nelson was also an avid Bible student and loved studying the Bible with others encouraging them to apply Bible principles, but he was at his most happiest when his family was all together having fun and encouraged anyone he knew to be loving, forgiving and stay close to one another.
Nelson is survived by his wife, two children, an older brother, two sisters, five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Nelson always had a smile and a positive outlook in any situation and will be missed by all who knew him.