Lloyd Harry Nations May 19 - 2013 Lloyd was born May 19, 1927 to Harry Nations and Mildred Martin in Globe, Arizona. He spent his early childhood in Arizona, including several years on the family farm in Niblitt where the family had gone to weather the Great Depression. Several years were spent in Tucson as well. When the Southern Pacific Railroad began hiring again, Harry took his family to El Paso, Texas. Lloyd attended Austin High School in El Paso and graduated in 1943 at age 16. He worked for the railroad all during the summer of 1943 and in the Fall of 1943, he enrolled at Texas A&M. With special consent from his father, Lloyd enlisted in the Navy at age 17 on March, 23, 1945. He was honorably discharged from the Navy on July 25, 1946. Upon his return home, he enrolled at the Texas College of Mines and Metallurgy (known today as the University of Texas, El Paso) and graduated with a B.S. in Chemistry and Zoology on May 31, 1949. The next day, Lloyd married Ruth Lynn Merritt, who he met in a bacteriology lab at the university and dated for a year. Lloyd began his career with the Southern Pacific Railroad in 1951 as a brakeman. That same year he was promoted to be an Assistant Trainmaster. From 1951 to 1957, Lloyd and Ruth had three children-Lynn, Mark, and Steve. Lloyd's career with the Southern Pacific took him, Ruth, and their children all over the western United States from El Paso, Texas to Carrizozo, New Mexico, from Truckee, California to Sacramento, from Tucson, Arizona to Foster City, California. From January, 1962 to May, 1962 Lloyd attended the Program of Management Development at Harvard University, which provided an educational opportunity that he always recalled with great fondness. He retired from the railroad on July 5, 1990 after 48 years of service. Following his retirement from the railroad, he and Ruth owned and managed the Highland Cafe as well as the Barbecue Factory in Bakersfield. He is survived by his wife, Ruth, his two sisters Dorothy and Lexie Ann and brother Edward, his three children and their spouses, eight grandchildren and their companions, and 17 great grandchildren. Lloyd's remains will be intered at the Bakersfield National Cemetery. Memorial Services will be held on Saturday, January 19th at 10AM in the chapel of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints located at 316 A Street (between Buena Vista and Palm on A Street) in Bakersfield, California. www.bakersfiled.com
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Published in Bakersfield Californian on Jan. 16, 2013