Clayton "Nick" Castle Clayton "Nick" Castle passed away Tuesday, April 9, surrounded by his family. Born in Lindsay, California on April 20, 1943, he had lived in Fresno for the last 39 years. He met his wife, Karen Ferrier, in high school and they married in 1966. Nick and Karen were best friends and they always made each other laugh. He is survived by Karen, his four daughters: Holly McCloskey and her husband, Forrest; Heidi Steinke and her husband Paul; Stephanie; Ginger and her fiancé, Adrian Jessop; three grandchildren: Sierra McCloskey, Lindsay Steinke, and Piper Steinke; his sister Carol Seastrom and her husband Greg; his in-laws Barbie and Butch Falconer and Rick and Karen Ferrier; two nieces and three nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Louise and Clayton Castle. Nick graduated from Lindsay High School in 1961 and Fresno State in 1965, where he was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon. Upon his college graduation he became a pilot in the United States Navy. He flew P-3 Orions during the Viet Nam War and was stationed in the Philippines and later Moffett Field. After leaving the Navy, he flew for Western Air Lines and Delta Air Lines for 31 years, retiring in 2003. Nick was a devoted and loving husband, father, and "Papa" to his granddaughters. As his girls were growing up Nick spent many years coaching soccer. Ever the sports fan, he was a loyal supporter of the St. Louis Rams, Fresno State, and later UCLA. He loved skiing, vacationing at Lake Tahoe, pulling water skiers behind his MasterCraft boat, traveling with Karen and his girls, and above all, being with his family. Nick had an unwavering and irrepressible positive outlook on life that he maintained until the very end. His easy-going personality and quick wit endeared him to his family and friends. His humor, compassion, and joy in living will be missed. A service for Nick will be held at the First Baptist Church, 581 E. Honolulu in Lindsay, California on Saturday, April 13, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. Remembrances may be made in Nick's name to the Prostate Cancer Foundation, 1250 Fourth Street, Santa Monica, California 90401.
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Published in Visalia Times-Delta and Tulare Adv-Register on Apr. 12, 2013