Clarence Eugene Nash, 94, a longtime Sunnyside resident, went to be in the arms of his heavenly Father on Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012, surrounded by his loving family.
He was born June 6, 1918 in Faulkner, Kansas, the son of Nettie May (Tinney) and Fred Allan Nash. He received his education in Kansas and graduated from high school in 1939.
Clarence enlisted in the U.S. Army in January of 1943. He served during WWII and was stationed in the Pacific Theater for 26 months in New Guinea. He also was stationed in the Philippines with the 860th Engineer Aviation Battalion. He was discharged on Christmas Day in 1945, and remembered passing through the Yokohama Harbor in Japan on his way home.
On June 14, 1954 he married Mamie Coder Nash in Yakima.
Clarence was a carpenter at the Hanford site. He also worked on several dams in the area, the Seattle Monorail and a number of bridges in the Seattle Freeway system.
Clarence cherished time with his grandchildren, enjoyed raising cattle, going fishing, hunting, bowling, fast-pitch softball and baseball.
He is survived by his wife, Mamie Nash of Sunnyside; 10 children, Ron (Carol) Nash of California, Clarice Cochran of Springdale, Dan (Consuelo) Nash of Outlook, Brinda (Greg) Tucknies and Jim (Linda) Allen, both of Yakima, Debi Nash of Kirkland, Randy (Trish) Nash of Grandview, Doug (Irene) Allen and Terry (Gwynna) Allen, both of Spokane and Rick (Cindy) Allen of Sunnyside; 34 grandchildren; 42 great-grandchildren; and numerous great-great-grandchildren.
Clarence was preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Nettie Nash; one son, Gary Nash; three brothers, Myrle Nash, Jesse Nash and Virgil Nash; and four sisters, Pearl Burrows, Blanche Poor, Sylvia McCormick and twin sister, Florence Pauline Nash.
Viewing and visitation will be held Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012, from 1 to 8 p.m. and Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012, from 8:30 a.m. to noon at Smith Funeral Home in Sunnyside. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012, at 1 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home in Sunnyside, with burial to follow at Lower Valley Memorial Gardens in Sunnyside.
Those wishing to sign Clarence's on-line memorial book may do so at www.funeralhomesmith.com
Smith Funeral Home Ltd. and Crematory in Sunnyside is in charge of arrangements.