Although born in Washington, DC, Torin grew up in Utah, and can trace his family lineage back to some of the original pioneers to this great state. The son of Harold and Patricia Nelson, Torin learned from an early age the value of service and community. His father was a mathematician for the United States Postal Service and later a computer systems analyst for Salt Lake County. His mother worked for many years at the University of Utah. After going to Jordan High School and the University of Utah, where he majored in History, with minors in political science and German, Torin joined the United States Army in 1992.