Nick R. Agnason |

Nick R. Agnason

Nick R. Agnason, 66 of Gardnerville moved on to his next big adventure on August 23, 2016 with his family by his side following a brief illness.

Nick was born December 29, 1949 to Dorothy Johnson in Los Angeles, California. After a brief stay in Modesto, California he landed in Stockton, California in 1964. Nick was proud to serve his country with the U. S. Army and was a Vietnam Veteran.

His work of choice dealt with helping youth & adults alike to navigate their way thru life’s often complicated journey and spanned forty years. He began his career as a Youth Counselor with the California Youth Authority and in 1980 moved with his wife & daughter to the Carson Valley. Working with and helping people over his 36 years in ‘our’ valley ranged from Director of China Springs Youth Camp in it’s earliest years to Alpine County Behavioral Health as a Certified Alcoholism and Other Drug Addictions Recovery Specialist which he did for several years. His most recent path led him to the Washoe Tribe where he was Coordinator for the program Engaging Men and Boys As Allies Against Violence Toward Women & Girls. A program that was very near & dear to his heart. He also served on the Board of Directors for the California Association of Addiction Recovery Resources.

Nick also enjoyed a ten year side career as an umpire in both local youth & adult softball leagues and he coached over the years Bobby Sox, Junior Olympics and adult men’s & women’s teams. As an umpire he worked at the local, state, regional and national levels and served as a Regional UIC for the Nevada ASA organization.

In his spare time Nick enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, golfing, gardening, golfing, bowling, reading, golfing and watching his LA Dodgers every chance he got!

Nick is survived by his wife & best friend of 44 years, Elaine, his daughter Nikol, grandchildren Jadyn Kawchack & Conor Manoukian-Agnason all of Gardnerville, son Matt Schardt of Carson City, brother David Agnason (Beth) of Hilmar, California, brother Greg Hillman (Nancy) of Dorrington, California, brother Ken Hillman (Toni) of Stockton, California and numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces & great nephews. He was preceded in death by his mother, Dorothy, son Shannon and sister’s Susan & Dena.

A Celebration of Life will be held on September 24th, 11am at the Elks Lodge, 1227 Kimmerling Rd, Gardnerville Ranchos with a potluck immediately following. All who knew this amazing man are invited to bring a favorite dish and share in exchanging some laughter and stories. In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to either the Wounded Warrior Project ( or to the Washoe Tribe’s Sons of Tradition program (