Norman Nash

On Thursday, August 13, 2020, Our Hero, Husband, Father, Grandfather, and Great Grandfather, Norman Edward Nash honorably joined his Father in Heaven surrounded by his loving family in his home in Cedar City Utah. He was born, the fourth child, to Charles and Elida Nash in Kanab, Utah on September 21,1940.

He graduated from Kanab High School in 1958. After high school he served his country as a Military Policeman for the National Guard. 

On June 13, 1964 he married his sweetheart Geraldine Evelyn Moskovitz. Their marriage was later solemnized in the St George Temple on May 14, 1977 where they were sealed to their five children for time and all eternity. 

Norman was known for his work ethic and took pride in all the jobs he had including, work for the state road and the Grand Canyon National Park but his true passion was the 34 years he spent serving the people of Las Vegas Nevada as a Fire Captain. Everyday as he left for work he loved to tell his kids he was going to “save the city”, and save the city he did, serving in nearly all of the fire stations around Las Vegas. He was well respected by his coworkers earning the title “Stormin Norman” and officially acknowledged as fireman of the year on October 23, 1985.

Even though he loved his work he loved his family even more spending all his free time at his Cabin on the Cedar Mountain. He and his family camped with his brothers and sister every summer. Even in his off time he still drove the water truck, was a volunteer fireman and helped with the Chili cookoff at Duck Creek. 

After retirement he moved to Kanab and enjoyed 15 years traveling the world with his wife and siblings. His brothers and sister were truly  his best friends and he always made spending time with them a priority. 

Norman was a wonderful storyteller. He loved to talk about his travels, work, but most of all his grandkids. They were his pride and joy and you could often find him cheering them on. 

He is survived by his wife Jerry and their children; Debbie (Angel) Olivas, Wendy (Neil) Beck,  Brett (Kelly) Nash, and Kristen (Rorac) Utley. He has 12 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.

Norman was preceded in death by his parents Elida and Charles, his siblings Demont, Margaret (Peg), and Kent, and his daughter Danette Gonzalez.

Friends and family are invited to attend a viewing at 10:00 am on Tuesday, August 18, 2020 at Mosdell Mortuary, 676 S. Hwy 89A, Kanab, UT. A private funeral service will be followed by a burial service in the Kanab, UT cemetery. Online condolences and memories may be posted at

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  1. James (Jimmy) Price August 14, 2020 at 10:45 pm - Reply

    Dear Jerry, Debbie, Wendy, Brett, and Kristen, I am so sorry to hear of the passing of this iconic and terrific man, husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather from your lives! Brother Nash alway made me feel welcome in your home, was always kind and respectful to a snotty nosed teenager. He is a giant of a man! I pray that Heavenly Father will bless you with peace, hope, love and happy memories of Brother Nash.

  2. Jimmie Jones August 14, 2020 at 11:24 pm - Reply

    Our sincerest of condolences. Never a day went by after I met Debbie in 1979, that we didn’t challenge him. We were teens and that was our job. Driving lessons, boys, loud laughter, running up and down the halls (after he had a long shift) , dancing and our horrible cooking, sometimes we got the bear and sometimes, we just got laughter. The man did make a mean tuna melt! He was the man that baptized me and blessed my children in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, one of the greatest gifts a man can give.I know he will be missed and rightfully so. May the family find peace in the memories held in their hearts.

  3. Tony Rigoni August 15, 2020 at 7:18 pm - Reply

    I was a rookie at station 8 in Las Vegas and Captain Norm Nash was my first captain. He was an excellent leader and a great man to work for And I consider myself blessed to known and worked with him.

  4. Kent Brewster August 16, 2020 at 4:53 pm - Reply

    Dear Jerry and family ,Norm was one of the first people I met when I went to old Sta. 4. Through the years we became friends and for awhile neighbors. Norm is a very good man, I know he will be missed.
    Love Kent Brewster

  5. Raquel Wybron August 16, 2020 at 7:46 pm - Reply

    I’m sadden to hear he has passed away. May Gods loving arms surround your family and your memories shower upon you to bring you comfort.

  6. Delna and Bruce Powell August 16, 2020 at 7:47 pm - Reply

    We are so sorry for your loss. Norman was always special. He would bring the fire truck with crew waiting inside when he visited us in the motor home. Enjoyed visiting Norm and Jerri in Kanab. He will be missed. My great cousin

  7. Raquel Wybron (Delna Powells daughter) August 16, 2020 at 7:49 pm - Reply

    I’m sadden to hear he has passed away. May Gods loving arms surround your family and your memories shower upon you to bring you comfort

  8. Robert Pitts August 31, 2020 at 4:52 pm - Reply

    My first meeting with Norm was as a boot rookie with the Las Vegas Fire Dept. My academy buddy and I were assigned to Station 4-C where Captain Nash had recently been promoted to captain, I believe Paul Shapiro and I were his first rookies. I remember meeting him and thinking he was larger than life, and he was. Over the time of our probation there, we both come to realize just how wonderful Norm was. He was such a great leader! His example of patience, experience, knowledge and his love for the job were exemplary for us two young firefighters. I admired him on how he performed his craft, how dedicated he was to serving the citizens of Las Vegas and even more his love for us his crew.
    I remember on one shift, we responded to a fully involved structure fire where there was reported, to have been a trapped person inside. I remember arriving at the door where the person was located and feeling like I could take the door, I kicked and kicked and nothing. Making another attempt, I stood back and ran placing my full weight behind my shoulder, only to find that when I struck the door, I violently bounced back almost falling to the ground and yet the door was still intact. Norm watching with some enjoyment, walked over without wasting any more time, kicked the door open, it blew off the hinges and fell to the ground afterwards, I told him “t was due to all the effort I put into it”, but it wasn’t. Yes, I paid a price. My pride and pocketbook suffered some that day. Twelve years later, I was honored to relieve him at station 8 when he retired and do you know, he reminded me again of how he had to show me that day how real firemen open locked doors.
    He was my leader, my friend. May God bless the Nash Family during this time of passing and I pray you will only remember those fondest of memories with the Man we all knew and loved, Captain Nash, Husband, Father, Grandfather, Son and most of all a great friend to all who knew him.

    • Debbie Nash Olivas September 5, 2020 at 8:44 pm - Reply

      Robert, I can’t thank you enough for your thoughtful words He was always a Father first, but a Firefighter in his soul. We listened to stories of you guys our whole lives, many times the one you spoke of. Dad was so proud of you guys and the many ways you all “Saved the City” on a weekly basis. We knew he was amazing, so good to hear so many others did as well.

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