John Blaine Nation was born November 28, 1924 at Miller, SD to Ward and Helen (Richards) Nation. He served in the US Navy as a Radarman on a destroyer during WWII from 1942 to 1945. He raised cattle on a farm southeast of Mitchell for a number of years and was employed at Dakota Manufacturing Company from 1970 to 1979. He was also employed by Green Thumb of Mitchell for numerous years. He was a member of the American Legion, Disabled American Veterans and VFW.
He is survived by one son, Jerel Nation of Bend, OR; one daughter, Judy Nation of Santa Barbara, CA; one grandson, Gabrial Mcaslin of Santa Barbara, CA; and two step-sisters, Mary VanAgtmael of Scio, OR and LaVonna Spires of Longmont, CO.
He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, Bill and one sister, Velda.