- "I miss his class so much," said Austin Biddle, a former student of Nash's. "Probably one of the very few classes I'd actually go back to high school for."
- Heather Johnson's daughter was a student of Nash's for a few years. "She loved him and he was such a great role model for all of the kids who had him as a teacher," she said.
- Mike Mindy, who knew Nash through his cousin, called him a "wonderful, caring" person.
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- "What an inspiration you are Arlon Nash! Congratulations! You are awesome," said Lisa Pitt.
Although he has worked outside the area, Nash said he returned to Springfield to help the deaf community here.
“In my heart I wanted to come back to be with friends and family and use my experiences with the larger deaf communities and show deaf people can do everything the hearing can, except hear,” he said.
“Springfield is growing and there’s a lot of success out there for deaf people, and others can see how being trained to sign helps.”