Nasario “Nash” Valdez of Willard passed away peacefully in his sleep surrounded by his children at his daughter’s home in Tempe, Arizona on April 14 at the age of 83. Nash was preceded in death by his parents, Tom and Frances Valdez; his brothers, Juan Leonardo “J.L.” Valdez, Floyd Valdez, Manuel Valdez, and his sister Stella Valdez; and grandchildren Theron Valdez and Jeannie Marie Gonzales-Sanchez. Nash was born in Clayton in 1934. He graduated from Hoehne High School in 1953, and went on to become a well-known businessman in the southern Colorado and central New Mexico areas. During his life he owned the Wagon Wheel bar, Gray Creek feed store, and Valdez Trucking. Through his business dealings he made numerous acquaintances and many great friendships. You could go within a 500-mile radius of Willard and just about anyone you talked to knew of or had a story about Nash. He is lovingly remembered by his family, and is survived by his eldest brother Alfonso and Gloria Valdez of Willard; youngest brother Tom and Virginia Valdez of Mountainair; younger sisters Rose Montoya of Trinidad, Colo., Toni Montoya of Albuquerque, and Luisa and Ron Barowski of Saint Augustine, Fla.; and many loving nieces, nephews, and other relatives; his wife, Cindy Valdez of Willard, along with their three children, Dr. Angela and Edward Redondo of Tempe, Ariz.; Anthony Martinez of Willard; and Albert Martinez of Albuquerque and four grandchildren; five children whom he shared with former spouse Evelyn (and Raymond Lopez) Valdez: Ron and Terri Valdez of Trinidad, Colo., Sharon (and Jim Rouse Jr.) Valdez of Denver, Colo., Valorie (and Tom Martinez) Velasquez of Trinidad, Colo., Steve and Tammy Valdez of Trinidad, Colo. and Tim and Tonya Valdez of Trinidad, Colo.; along with 22 grandchildren, 34 great-grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren. His family and friends will always remember him as a fun-loving and hardworking man. Memorial services will commence with a Rosary at Comi Chapel in Trinidad, Colo. at 9 a.m. May 5, followed by memorial mass at Holy Trinity Catholic Church at 10 a.m. The family will also host a memorial lunch to celebrate the life of Nash at the Willard Community Center on Saturday May 6, at 1 p.m.