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July 12, 1934 – Nov. 30, 2022
Ward Naylor obit pic

After a brief stay in hospice, Ward Naylor of Mission Street, Escalon CA has peacefully passed away with his wife Mary by his side.

Ward was the son of Wilford and Beatrice Naylor and spent the first ten years of his life in Utah before moving with his family to Southern California. Ward was proud to be born into and then later married into large, extended families with an almost innumerable amount of aunts, uncles, cousins, in-laws, out-laws, nephews and nieces.

Ward is survived by his wife (Mary) of 61 years, his son Jonathan (wife Eko) and daughter Mary (husband Rick). He said that he hit ‘Grandpa Lotto’ and deeply loved the time spent with his grandsons Kengo, Austin, Aiden, Taiki, and Ethan. Although his daughter Jill passed away almost 40 years ago, he thought of her each and every day.

Ward honorably served from age 18-21 in the Army as a Military Policeman and often looked with pride on his time spent as a young man in service to his country. After completion of his military commitment, Ward then spent 25 years in Burbank as a union carpet installer. In 1977 Ward wanted to give his children a small town and agriculture lifestyle so he gathered his family, sold everything and moved them from Burbank to Escalon, a town of then 2500 people. Ward was happy to spend a few years as an almond farmer before returning back to town and resuming his carpet installer career to include a few years running his own carpet shop.

After age 62, Ward had a fabulous retirement spending it doing the things he loved to do with family and neighbor friends albeit helping others with projects with his buddies Terry and Gilbert, loafing, playing golf or taking car trips to see family.

Ward was always so very grateful to his extended Narayan family that lovingly included him in social and family functions.

A private memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please make any donations to Escalon Ambulance Fund or a local Hospice Care.

The Escalon (Calif.) Times

March 29, 2023