Eugene Townsend, 79, of Yakima died Wednesday at Landmark Care Center.

He was born in Boone, N.C., and worked as a teacher and coach at various school districts throughout the Yakima Valley.

Survivors include his wife, Verla Townsend of Cowiche; three sons, Lonny Townsend of Anacortes, Daniel Townsend of Tucson, Ariz., and Scott Townsend of Cowiche; two daughters, Jana Hendricks of Yakima and Karen Jensen of West Jordan, Utah; two brothers, Harold Townsend and Hugh Townsend, both of Roan Mountain, Tenn.; a sister, Sandy Gill of Yakima; 18 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.

The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Naches Ward, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Naches. Arrangements are by Keith and Keith Funeral Home, Yakima.