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Former BYU All-American Dick Nemelka avoids COVID-19, faces challenges of stage 4 cancer

SALT LAKE CITY — Earlier this year, Dick Nemelka was enjoying life, relaxing, playing golf three or four times a week, taking regular walks at his home in St. George,

The former BYU basketball star and member of the Utah Stars’ ABA Championship team in 1971, who turns 77 in a couple of months, did his best to avoid catching the COVID-19 virus that descended on the world last winter.

Now he has to be “extra careful” after being felled by an insidious disease that has been around for centuries.