Imagine handling lots of fish! Ever dream of earning a living raising fish? Well, Mr. Robert Nash a fish culturist at Quinault National Fish Hatchery, a federal U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service facility makes a living doing what he loves; raising fish. And lots of them!
Born on Christmas Eve in 1942 in Bonnie Blue, Virginia, a village that no longer exists, Bob Nash has had a long and varied career. Although originally from the Blue Ridge mountains of Virginia, Bob graduated from Tecumseh High School in Medway, Ohio. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy shortly after graduation and continued his naval service until he retired in December of 1982 with the rank of Senior Chief Torpedo-man. Bob served on submarines for most of his naval career, serving on a total of twelve boats – four of which were nuclear powered. During his period of service he made two trips to the North Pole on submarines – once on USS Sea Dragon and once on USS Tautog.
While serving on a “Tiger Team” with Commander of Submarine Group Nine (COMSUBGRP-9) in Yokosuka, Japan, Bob made several trips to Vietnam as a navy diver. While in Vietnam he worked on “Swift Boats”, River Patrol Boats (PBR) and various other types of vessels. His job there was to refit the vessels with new propellers, make necessary underwater repairs, clear underwater obstructions, conduct demolitions, etc. Each of these trips lasted from three to six months and he has many interesting memories of his service in “Nam”. It is fair to say that Bob participated in numerous difficult and dangerous operations, not only in Vietnam, but throughout his entire Naval career in the submarine service.
After he retired from the U.S. Navy Senior Chief Bob Nash completed his education by taking an AS degree in marine science and an AA degree in chemistry from Olympic College and a BS degree in biology from Washington State University. In 1993 Bob took a position with the Nevada Fish and Game service at Ruby Mountain Fish Hatchery as a fish culturist. In 1996 he was transferred to Mason Valley Fish Hatchery and in 2001 Bob began service with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife service at the Quinault National Fish Hatchery as a fish culturist. Bob and wife Susan have been married for seventeen years and have one daughter Sandra. He is an American Red Cross volunteer.
An avid hunter and outdoorsman, Bob has hunted in Alaska, Canada and New Zealand. While in New Zealand he hunted the Himalayan Tarh – a sheep that had been imported from Asia. He is a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association (NRA).