Thomas Ellsworth Nash passed away, Feb. 16, 2014, at a local hospital. He was born on Sept. 26, 1940, the second son to Calvin E. and Mary Helen Nash of Tooele, Utah. Tom was a member of the LDS Church and applied his knowledge and love of the gospel to his daily life.
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He graduated from Tooele, Utah High School in 1959, and married the love of his life, Renea Bell on July 2, 1959. They were blessed with their first daughter, Terri the next April of 1960; followed by Kathy, in May of 1961. Daughter number three, Julie, came along in August of 1962, followed by the birth of their only son, Buck, in February of 1964.
The family of six relocated to Emmett, Idaho, on Buck's first birthday in February of 1965 for work purposes. Then, in November of 1966, their youngest daughter, Amie, was born.
He went to work for Boise Cascade Saw Mill in the bark plant for 20 years, until it was closed and he was moved to the beam plant, where he worked for another 18 years, retiring in 1997. He had an accident at the mill once, resulting in his pinky finger being amputated - without pain medication, except aspirin.
Tom loved working with horses. He enjoyed chariot racing and pulling; from draft horses to helping his best friend, Lawrence Lamb, cultivate miniature mules, where the team traveled and won several belt buckle awards. He was a lifetime member of the AQHA. Tom swelled with pride as he supported all four of his daughters in horse 4-H.
During retirement, Tom took advantage of his extra time, working with his two horses and his team of miniature mules, showing them off in parades and rodeo events.
Of all his hobbies, spending time with his grandchildren was his favorite. We all loved listening to Grandpa's stories, with his colorful vocabulary, great sense of humor and his country, down to earth flavor. Even though he was not a man of many words, otherwise, all of his children and grandchildren know how much he loved them. He was never, ever too busy for them.
He had a gift, when it came to animals and children. Children would often approach him in public places, convinced that he was Santa, which, even though he was a bit shy, he loved.
He was preceded in death by his mother, father and his wife of 33 years.
He is survived by five children: Terri (Kelly) Cherry of Oregon, Kathy (Danny Newell) Nash, Julie Nash, Buck (Jill) Nash, Amie Mitchell, all of Emmett; and eight grandchildren: Doug (Lena) Martin of Boise, Idaho, Rachael Hamilton of Boise, Abby Newell, Stan Newell of Emmett, Jerry Nash of Seattle, Wash., Ian Nash, Payton Mitchell, Morgan Mitchell of Emmett; and one great-grandson: Corbyn Hamilton; three brothers: Calvin (Madeline) Nash, of California, Roger (Judy) Nash of Utah, Jerry (Christy) Nash of Utah: one sister, Janice (Matt) Sagers of Maryland; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services are scheduled Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, at the Downtown LDS Church in Emmett. Interment will follow at the Emmett Cemetery. Services are under the direction of the Potter Funeral Chapel in Emmett.
Potter Funeral Chapel
228 East Main Street Emmett, ID 83617
Published in Emmett Messenger Index from Feb. 19 to Mar. 19, 2014