Simon Nasario
Simon Nasario
  • October 18, 1918 - June 20, 2017
  • Barstow, California

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Simon Nasario

October 18, 1918-June 20, 2017

Simon was born to Simon Nasario, Sr. and Mercedes (Montes) Nasario on Ewa Plantation, Oahu, Hawaii. He was the eldest of three, sisters Genevieve and Betty (both deceased). Since his father died when he was just a toddler, he was raised mostly by his grandmother and aunt. As with all plantation residents, he began working in the fields as a young child, before and after school, throughout his high school years. Simon was drafted into the US Army in November of 1941 and completed basic training at Scofield Barracks, Oahu, on December 5, 1941. On the morning of December 7, 1941, while he was enjoying his first weekend leave at his grandmother’s home in Ewa, he was awakened as the first wave of Japanese planes flew over shooting and bombing the Ewa Airfield which was right across the street. He returned to his post at Scofield, hiding in cane fields as the attacks continued, and was immediately assigned to begin digging a trench around the island to thwart any possible attempt to attack from the sea. He served the entire war in and around various locations in the islands as well as in Guadalcanal. Shortly after his discharge in 1945, he married Amalia Aguilar. They were married until her death in 2010. Their union produced three children, Simon, Jr. who preceded him in death, daughters Patricia Nasario Peterman (spouse George) of Los Angeles and the “baby” Monica Nasario of Hesperia. Simon and Molly began their family in Garden City, KS and relocated to Barstow in 1954 when he got a job with the Santa Fe Railroad. He had a successful career as an electronic technician, with Bendix at Gold Stone and retired from the FAA. Simon never met a stranger and had more friends than could ever be counted….he treated everyone with true “Aloha spirit”. He enjoyed being a ham operator and tinkering with anything electrical….he was a genius in that field. He also enjoyed annual trips to Pearl Harbor each year for the anniversaries, having last attended in 2016. In May of this year he traveled to Washington DC with daughter Patti on an Honor Flight. He loved his little dog WC who was his longtime companion.

Special gratitude to Becky and Carey Godwin, Terry O’Neal, and the wonderful caring ICU staff of Arrowhead Regional Medical Center.

Services will be held at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Barstow on Monday, July 10, 2017 at 10:00 am. Reception following at Noon Hall.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations in his name to