Obituary Notices and Memorials

NASH, Max H., longtime Antelope Valley resident and owner of Nash Realty Inc., died December 22, 2009, from complications following a stroke on November 2, 2009, at his Lancaster home. He was transferred from Lancaster Community Hospital to Simi Valley Hospital to be near his children and grandchildren. He was born June 21, 1921, in Minneapolis, Minn. He served four years in the Army during World War II and made the initial landings in North Africa, Sicily, and Italy. He was a radio operator and forward observer, with the rank of Tech Sgt. Max was awarded the Bronze Star for gallantry in action, four battle stars, and the Purple Heart for injuries on the battlefield in Italy. He was returned to the U.S. on a hospital ship and spent eight months in army hospitals before surgery on his spine was successful in restoring mobility. After medical discharge, he returned to Minneapolis, where he married Betty Lou Peterson on March 29, 1948. In December of that year, they moved to California, and in 1950, to Antelope Valley. He was active in the Antelope Acres Chamber of Commerce and served many years as president of Land Projects Mutual Water Co. After attaining his real estate brokers license, he opened Nash Realty Inc., on Avenue K and Sierra Highway. Although he was semi-retired, he retained his brokers license and continued to serve some long standing clients. He was an early member of Beth Knesset Bamidbar and served as Treasurer and Building Committee Chairman. He was a leader in bringing the Bnai Brith Lodge to Antelope Valley and served as Charter President, followed by many years as Corresponding Secretary. He was a long time patron of the performing and visual arts organizations. He and his wife donated the concert grand piano to Lancaster Performing Arts Center. Max is survived by Betty Lou, his wife of sixty-one years, daughter Julie and son-in-law Paul St. John of Yorba Linda, daughter Eileen and son-in-law Ken Tindall of Simi Valley, son David Nash and daughter-in-law Laura of Studio City, grandchildren Justin Smith, Lauren Smith, Valerie Gordon and Katie Nash. A family service was held December 23, 2009, at Mt. Sinai Memorial Park in Simi Valley, followed by burial with military honors. A celebration of his life will be scheduled at a later date. Donations in his memory may be made to Antelope Valley College Foundation, designated for the Symphony, 3041 West Avenue K, Lancaster, CA 93536 or to Beth Knesset Bamidbar, 1600 East Avenue J, Lancaster, CA 93536.

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