Wichita Falls has lost another of its truly great citizens.

Larry Nash, known simply as ‘coach’ to hundreds of kids across the city and director of the Martin Luther King Center in Wichita Falls passed away in Dallas on Monday after a lengthy battle with pneumonia.  He was 46 years-old.

Nash, a 1987 graduate of Wichita Falls High School, had served on the boards of several local organizations such as Big Brothers/Big Sisters, The Kitchen, United Way and many more.  But his first love was always the city's youth.  His work with organizations such as The Boys and Girls Clubs will certainly be among his most enduring legacies.

Wichita Falls ISD School Board President Trey Sralla had the following to say on the loss on Coach Nash:

The Wichita Falls community has been dealt a blow with the loss of Larry Nash. Larry was very important to the WFISD family and the entire Wichita Falls family. He was a strong leader that was dedicated to bringing communities and people together. Much of his work focused on the youth of our community. He modeled leadership and the importance of being a good husband and father to many he mentored. He will be sorely missed.

Nash coached football, baseball and basketball over the years and was a presence in countless community events, fundraisers and causes.  Friends had previously established a Give Forward fundraiser page for the Nash family to help with Larry’s mounting medical expenses.  You can visit that page by clicking here.

Nash is survived by his wife, Christy and three sons.  Services are pending.

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