Norman “Ric” Nelson, 73, a retired WETA-TV broadcast technician and former Montgomery County police officer, died Jan. 14 at his home in Silver Spring after a heart attack.

A daughter, Heather Bruns, confirmed the death.

Mr. Nelson had been a Washington area guitarist since the 1950s. As a teenager in country entertainer Luke Gordon’s band, he frequently played behind singer Patsy Cline.

Norman Lee Nelson was born in Takoma Park. He attended Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring and received a GED while serving in the Army from 1957 to 1963. He graduated from the University of Maryland in 1968 and received a master’s degree in communications at U.Md. in 1972.

From 1970 to 1985, he was a Montgomery County police officer. He was a broadcast technician at WETA from 1986 to 2005.

In retirement, he did volunteer work with the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad archives in Baltimore.

Survivors include his wife of 41 years, Caryn Scee Nelson of Silver Spring; three daughters, Kristen Kane and Dawn Day, both of Silver Spring, and Heather Bruns of Olney; a sister; and seven grandchildren.

Bart Barnes