John Martin Nesheim

Flowers for web-nesheimJohn Martin Nesheim  passed away peacefully in the early morning hours on Tuesday May 24, due medical complications following a motor vehicle accident the week before.

John was born in 1939 in Buffalo Center Iowa, to Dr Martin and Edna Nesheim, and raised in Emmons Minnesota and various points around Texas during the war.  He attended school in Rake Iowa, Emmons and Albert Lea Minnesota.  He enjoyed and excelled in athletics, lettering in football, basketball and track.  He graduated from St Olaf College, Northfield Minnesota in 1961 and the University of Houston Law School in 1965, remaining a lifelong Cougars fan. He practiced law in Harris and Galveston Counties in various partnerships and most recently solo practice.  He lived in Houston and Nassau Bay and in recent years in League City.

John was a 40-plus year faithful, active member of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church and an active leader and outreach speaker in many 12-step assistance programs around the region.  John was consistently cheerful, gregarious and ever generous, successful and well-respected as an attorney and a community leader. He enjoyed all sports and remained an enthusiastic fan.

John is survived by his brothers, Paul (Valerie) of Houston and Bob (Marlys) of Minnesota, nephews Jeff (Sue) of Houston, Andy (Zara) of New York and Matthew of Minnesota, great-niece/nephews Claire and Elliot of Houston, and his former spouse Emily Wooley and stepdaughter Tracy Sekula.  He was preceded in death by his grandparents, his parents Martin and Edna Nesheim and his daughter Nicole Marie, as well as many beloved uncles, aunts and cousins.

Reviewal will be at 10AM on Friday May 27 at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, Nassau Bay with 11AM services following, with the Rev Brian Weaver officiating.  A reception for friends and family will follow, with a private interment alongside his daughter Nicole.  John’s family wishes to express their deep appreciation to John’s many friends and colleagues for their love, support and comaraderie throughout his professional career and his long and useful life.


  1. I am so sad to hear John is gone. Since moving back to the area, I got to hug him and hear his kind words on a regular basis at BAC. John’s generous and kind spirit will be missed by many. I so grateful to have met him on this journey. RIP sweet man, you are loved and you did much good in this world.

    Trina Fox
  2. John, was my friend, I will miss him.

    Warren A
  3. I’m very sorry for your loss. John was a kind man; always helpful and willing to talk. He will surely be missed.

    Pam Watson
  4. John’s unique response to “How are you, today?” Will remain with me and countless others, forever.
    “Terrific, why not?”

    Michael Kiefer
  5. I will miss seeing you every Sunday morning in church.

    Gladys Witherspoon
  6. So long old friend. See you later.

    Gene Hinyard
  7. I am saddened to hear of John’s passing. Although I new him just a few years I feel blessed to have known him and to call him my friend. My condolences to his family’ and many friends. We will miss you!

    Brad Hodgell
  8. Always sweet to me, we had many talks and shopped together at the – K-Rrogers. Helped me and my family – a very good friend.

  9. I miss you John, you were a truthful man and a great Lawler and a long time friend , you will be in my prayers…

    Robert P. Stubbert III
  10. Thank you john for being you. Sweet, kind, funny, caring , all around genuine good person. Now you are with God and I know you are in a better place with family. We will miss you so much. We were lucky to have met such an amazing friend to the family. Until we see each other again.

    -Myong, Elizabeth, Shannon


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