Nash Bishop

Obituary of Nash Bishop

Nash Mayo Bishop was born May 19, 1929 in Blytheville, Arkansas and passed away on April 30, 2017, just shy of his 88th birthday.

Sonny Boy, as he was known during his youth, traveled west with his family to California during the dust bowl years. They later moved to Washington, where he graduated from Clover Park High School in 1947 and joined the army in 1948.

After leaving the Army, he pursued a career in teaching at Central Wash University, where he also played basketball. Nash spent 31 years teaching in the Sumner School District., and also worked for Sumner Parks and Recreation for 12 years.

He was a lifetime member of the Active 20-30 Club. He loved sports, whether it be playing, watching, or coaching. He participated in rec basketball and bowling leagues, and was the director of Sumner Youth Baseball, Coach of Sumner High School Boys Basketball, and more recently, Coach of USSSA Women’s Softball. He loved watching the Mariners and UW Women’s Basketball.

Nash earned many awards over the years for teaching, volunteering and coaching. His gentle manner and sense of humor were endearing to all who met him.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Carol, and is survived by five children, eleven grandchildren, and two great grandchildren.

A private ceremony will be held to lay Nash to rest, followed by a Celebration of Life for friends and family. Condolences may be posted at

Our sincerest condolences go out to the family.