Freeman J. Nash |

Freeman J. Nash

Freeman J. Nash, of Prescott Valley, Ariz., died Thursday, Jan. 24, 2002, at the Veteran’s Administration Hospital in Prescott, Ariz. He was 88.

Mr. Nash was born March 31, 1913, on a ranch near Emma, Colo. In 1923, he family moved to Portland, Ore., where he grew up.

He worked in Oregon as a logger until World War II, when he served in the Armed Forces assigned to the 507th Parachute Infantry Regiment. On D-Day he was one of 20,000 troops dropped in Normandy, where his action earned him the Soldier’s Medal, the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart and the Distinguished Service Cross.

After the war he moved to Basalt, Colo., and worked as a stonemason, specializing in fireplaces.

He served as the mayor of Basalt in the early 1970s.

He loved to ski, hunt, fish, prospect and hunt for gemstones, which he cut and polished for jewelry.

In the mid-1950s he married Essie M. Pegg, and they lived in Basalt until her death in 1974.

In 1975, he moved to Mayer, Ariz., where he was joined by an old friend and soul mate from Oregon, Ruth Buck. They lived together until her death in 1998.

Mr. Nash then moved to a nursing home in Prescott Valley, where he stayed until his death.

He is survived by: brother Frank A. Nash Sr., of Seaside, Ore.; and stepdaughters, Patricia Everly, of McAllen, Texas, and Nel Darling, of Brackettville, Texas, and Colorado.

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