Martin Curtis Thacker left this world on September 7, 2017. He is now with the love of his life, his wife, Daray. Martin was born December 21, 1946, to Curtis and Tess Thacker. After attending A.C. Davis High School he was drafted into the Marines. He was wounded in Vietnam and returned home. His military decorations were as follows: Purple Heart, National Defense Ribbon, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with one star and the Good Conduct Medal. Martin was very proud of being a Marine, and as such he was active in the Marine Corps League until his health prevented him from attending. He was also a member of the Yakima County Sheriff Citizen Patrol along with his wife Daray.
Everett M Walker passed away peacefully, surrounded by friends and family, on May 22, 2017 at Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle, WA.
Everett was born October 21, 1943 in Providence, Rhode Island to Ralph and Ethel Walker. He and his older brother, Curtis, spent their childhood making mischief in Rhode Island until they moved all the way to the west coast. Settling in Salem, OR, Everett’s first job was as a stock boy at a local grocery store; he would later work for such grocery juggernauts as Del Monte, Nabisco, and Darigold. He graduated from South Salem High School in 1961.
Charles (Chuck) Nelson, age 86, passed away on Saturday, April 1, 2017 after a long battle with cancer. He was born September 14, 1930 in Lindsay, CA to Charles H. and Ollie M. Nelson. He was the oldest of four children: Chuck, Shirley, Evelyn and Donald.
While growing up in the Lindsay/Strathmore area he helped with the family dairy and worked in his uncle Jim’s orange groves. The Nelson family moved to the West Valley area of Yakima when he graduated from high school where they farmed and started apple orchards. Within a few years the family built a small apple packing warehouse on Fisk Road.
Daniel Leon Naasz, 64, passed away at his home in Hesperia, CA on October 12, 2016. Daniel was born September 11, 1952 in Yakima, WA to Harold and Jackie Naasz. He attended Auburn High School and graduated in 1970. He began his career at BNSF Railway in 1977 where he worked in 9 states and Canada and retired from in July 2012.
In 1974 he welcomed his first daughter, Brandi. He married Sharon in 1978, having two more children, Kelli in 1981 and Kiel in 1988. Dan made his home in Yakima, WA where he lived until 2009 when he moved to California.
Stephen “Steve” Rolf Baisinger, 71, passed away on September 27, 2016 at Yakima Memorial Hospital. He was born on May 29, 1945 in Seattle, WA to Art and Fran Baisinger. Steve grew up in Seattle and attended Roosevelt High School. He married Kay Troupe in 1965 and together they had 2 daughters, Heidi and Gretchen. They were later divorced. After several weeks of “gloomy weekend weather in Seattle” in 1971 Steve decided to move to the drier side of Washington State and settled in Yakima. He was a certified automatic fire sprinkler contractor and, in 1978, co-founder of Inland Fire Protection with his cousin Mark Evans, retiring in 2001.
Steve married his wife Nancy in 1986 in their home in Terrace Heights where they’ve lived for almost 31 years.