Tom Nash: He loved his family, dancing, the Seahawks – and loved traveling
Thomas mathew nash
March 4, 1966 – November 2, 2021
Thomas Mathew Nash, “Tom”, 55, of Edmonds, passed away at home on November 2, 2021 surrounded by love from his daughters, Amia and Monica and his wife, Mari, and close friends by his side.
Tom was born March 4, 1966 to Dennis Nash and Julie Carrera in Queens, NY. Tom grew up in Seattle, where he graduated from O’Dea High School, class of 1984.
He joined the US Navy in 1985 and was sent to return to service the battleship USS Missouri BB-63 at Long Beach, California. He served on the Battleship Missouri for over three years, traveling around the world. During the last few months in the Navy, the battleship visited Vancouver, British Columbia, where Tom met Mari. She ended up moving to Edmonds to attend college, their love took off and they were married in the courthouse six months later. They were married again at a high church mass in Vancouver in June 1990, in front of all their family and friends.
Tom attended North Seattle Community College, Edmonds Community College, and transferred to the University of Washington. He graduated in 1993 as a Hispanic student with a bachelor’s degree in finance. Tom went on to work in financial aid at several community colleges, worked with Farmer’s Insurance and eventually found his calling as a property manager at WPI Real Estate. He started his own business, Pacific Northwest Real Estate Holdings, later becoming Nash Property Management in 2002. It was his love, providing quality property management services to local owners. He has wonderful coworkers, including his forever furry sidekick, his seven-pound Yorkie, Milo. Milo joined him in all his professional adventures in the trusty brown bag. Tom was an extremely hard worker, dedicated and determined to support his family and give them the life they deserved.
Tom and Mari settled down and enjoyed raising their daughters in Edmonds. Tom was the epitome of a father. He loved every moment of playing football, leading the Girl Scout troop, dancing with Monica’s dance group, attending and cheering all the sports at Edmonds-Woodway High School, watching Amia go to the State for basketball, being a dad to the queen as the daughters came home to the queens, Amia (2011) and Monica (2012), and being that super proud dad at their graduation days. The girls are grown up and live in San Francisco but he stayed close and always took time for them. Tom was so immensely proud of his daughters.
Tom loved to dance! He loved listening to all kinds of music, techno, classic rock, smooth jazz, and of course 80s rock. He couldn’t stand still if there was good music. He honestly had the music bouncing in his bones. Perhaps this is the reason why his very specific dance moves were unique and memorable for anyone who had the honor to witness and dance with him. Tom made everything family-related first. He cherished the holidays with the Nash-Trick family in Bainbridge, creating silly traditions with his sisters, Meghan and Katie. He often called his in-laws, Dr Constante Acob and Mila Acob, on the phone to have long evening conversations. He was a foodie and really loved Mom’s Filipino pork adobo, pancit, lumpia, and garlic rice. He and his mother, Julie Carrera, were known to play cards and board games competitively. They shared two special days together – their birthdays and Veterans Day. They spent those days running around looking for restaurants that offered free meals.
Tom lived for concerts, especially those at Chateau Ste. Location Michelle. He also enjoyed playing soccer, swimming, going to the local theater, practicing Zumba classes, taking long walks on the beach, tasting wines in different wine cellars, hanging out with friends on Friday nights during happy hours. , sip local ciders and indulge in Jamison and Cokes, inner tubes on Washington’s rivers, tip street musicians, drink double iced lattes, take kayak / boat rides, and watch the sunsets. Husband loved the opportunity to dress Tom up for any themed event. He always conceded in his clever costume antics.
He also had a taste for travel. He loved going to Canada to visit our family and friends. He lived for vacations and parties. Christmas traditions that Tom loved included crazy gift openings with gift wrap tossed in the air, laughter, and total Acob mayhem. He enjoyed the annual trips to Little Shuswap Lake with his best friends, Mike, Michelle and Lauren. At the cottage, he would swim in the lake, take long, brisk walks on the Sea-Doo, go out on the speedboat to water ski and tubing. Tom often followed Mari on his travels around the world. Again, he always stopped to smell the flowers and enjoy the sunsets wherever he came from.
Go hawks! Tom lived for the Seattle Seahawks. He wasn’t just a fan. He was truly a fanatic. He has supported the team through good and bad seasons. He started his fandom at Kingdome, Husky Stadium and now Lumen Field. He was uncompromising, painted his face, sat in the rain, hail, power cuts, snow and every year he took off his shirt for his annual 40 degree “painted chest” match. with Amia. He attended two Super Bowls for the Seahawks and his last support for Monica when she cheered on the 49ers at the 2020 Superbowl in Miami. He just lived for NFL football.
Tom was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in May 2021. He started his to-do list and lived every moment of the moment, and he battled the disease with the most incredible grace, bravery and strength. Everyone knew he had done it for his daughters, Amia, Monica and especially for his wife, Mari. He lived every day with positivity and determination not to let illness stop him from doing the things he loved.
Everyone who knew Tom knew that he was an extremely kind, loving, happy and cheerful person, and that he loved his family very much. He is known for his strong but gentle bear hugs. If you were the recipient of her hug, you automatically had a great day. Tom is survived by his wife Mari, his daughters Amia and Monica (San Francisco, CA), his mother Julie Carrera, his sisters Meghan Nash and Katie Nash, Milo and all his family and best friends in Washington State and in Canada. He will remain in their hearts forever and will be sadly missed every day.
We thank you all very much for the flowers, gifts, meals, hugs, emails, texts and social media posts. All of this touched our hearts and offered us comfort during this time of desperation. We are asking instead of all of this in the future to donate to a scholarship fund in honor of Tom for underrepresented youth in the Edmonds School District applying to community college. Donate on the Edmonds School District Foundation website – indicate in the comments box that it is the Tom Nash Memorial Bursary.