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Kent Cooper Nixon (1933 - 2013)

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Nixon, Kent Cooper

Kent Cooper Nixon, 79, a native of New York, passed away peacefully in his sleep Friday morning, Jan. 11, 2013, at the Swedish Hospital in Edmonds, Washington. He died of late stage congestive heart failure.

Kent is preceded in death by his youngest brother, Frank Nixon; and his grandson, Tate Nixon. He is survived by Richard and Millissa Nixon, adopted son and daughter-in-law of Edmonds, WA; Chong Hui Nixon, former daughter-in-law of Mountlake Terrace, WA; Beri Taira (aka Betty Nixon), an adopted daughter residing in Tokyo, Japan; Theresa Nixon, a granddaughter of Mountlake Terrace, WA; Alton and Sally Nixon, brother and sister-in-law of Fairview, PA; Robert and Nancy Grant, step brother and sister of Simsbury, CT.

He was born in New York, New York April 3, 1933, the eldest son of Eugene and Jane (Cooper) Nixon, and grandson of Kent Cooper (Associated Press, General Manager 1925-1943). He spent most of his childhood in Irvington, NY with his parents and two younger brothers, Frank and Alton. He attended the Hackley School of Terrytown where he graduated high school in 1950. He then worked for the New York Daily News. He joined the U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) March 1951. In Korea, he was assigned to the 1st Recon Company, 1st Marine Division. He sustained a near fatal injury by enemy machine gun fire during a patrol on January 28, 1953. After recovering, in April 1954, he was discharged from the USMC as a Sergeant and returned to work at the New York Daily News. He then attended Indiana University, where he studied journalism. He subsequently enjoyed a long career as a sports reporter/editor for the U.S. military community newspaper, the Pacific Stars and Stripes (PS&S) in Tokyo, Japan. In 1963, he met Taeko Taira and were later married. He adopted her children, Richard and Betty. During his tenure with the PS&S, he wrote hundreds of by-lines / reports which are archived and retrievable on the PS&S website (www.stripes.com). In the late 1970's, he divorced Taeko. He left PS&S in 1981 and returned to Ossining, NY. In the year 2000, he moved to Lynnwood, WA to be near his son and grandchildren.

His compassion to all, his witty never offending sense of humor, his thoughtfulness to all the people around him, and his big smile will be dearly missed and remembered forever.

Published in the The Journal News on Jan. 22, 2013
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