Nested view unloads by itself on 1st nav

I have an interesting problem with my nested views. On my 1st nav to the nested view, the view unloads. Not me! ionic!

Here is a trace of all the views loading and unloading.

Note near the end where the dashboard controller unloads …
The CountController is abstract.

If i flip around WITHIN subviews in the abstract I can get the dashboard to load and stay there.
It’s the 1st load that unloads. Duh !?!?

My partial HTML is …

<ion-side-menus enable-menu-with-back-views="true">
    <ion-side-menu-content >
        <ion-nav-view name="subPage" nav-transition="none">

Anyone had a similar dilemma? caching is off