IN LOVING MEMORY Nathanial J. Emery Hart, 16, of Pateros, Wash. left us way too soon. Nate showed heart when it mattered, not to those who wanted it, but to those who needed it. Nate was a stone that all could look to for comfort and a positive presence to keep the spirits high even if all that he said was sprinkled with sarcasm. As said by his cousin JC, he was a very resilient kid growing up, whether it was battling his way through school and sports or at home getting roughed up by his older sisters and cousins, he always got right back up to tussle. Loved more than he was capable of understanding, he may be gone but will never be forgotten.
In loving memory of Nathanial J. Emery Hart. Nathan, Nate, or Monkey is what everyone knew him by. Nate was born Feb. 1, 2005 in Chelan, Wash. He attended Chelan Elementary School from preschool until second grade. At the age of eight, Nate and his family moved to Pateros, where he attended the Pateros School District from third through the tenth grade. Nate was very athletic. He had a love for wrestling, football, and baseball.
Nate was part of the Chelan Youth Wrestling team starting in the first grade, while also being a part of the Pateros Youth Wrestling team. He wrestled seventh grade with Chelan Middle School, then in ninth grade he wrestled for the Pateros High School team, weight class 132, and placed third in districts, third in regionals and making it all the way to state. He was the only one to represent Pateros High School at state with JC helping coach him.
Nate was not an average kid. At the age of four he was learning and helping scrap metal with his papa and uncle Mel, with cowboy boots on the wrong feet and all the fake tattoos. By the age of six his dad was teaching him how to track, hunt and preserve animals. By the age of twelve he got his first buck. Nate had a love for the outdoors including hunting, camping, fishing, shed hunting and hiking. He had just helped his best friend Zac rebuild a Jeep Comanche.
Nate grew up being a tough little man. He had no choice being the youngest of ten siblings/cousins. He had a very big heart, was very caring, loving and always willing to help a friend or loved one and always wanting to be a part of what his two older sisters were doing.
Nate’s biggest fans and cheerleaders were his Mama, aunt Donnitia and Pop. He spent a lot of time with his old Grams who could always cook his food the right way. She would always make him his favorite, her secret recipe, Porcupine Meatballs, and toast. He was his mama’s baby and loved to cook and bake with her, go on camping trips, just the two of them and he was her number one hunting partner.
Nate is loved deeply and survived by his parents, Ed and Carrie Melton; grandparents, Don and Nancy Hart and Joyce Painter; siblings, Dakota (Zac) Buchmann, one niece, his mini me, Hayden, Kiera Austin (Jeremy Piechalski), Chase (Kelsey) Melton, Taran (Alyssa) Melton, Grayson Riddell, JC Austin, and Ariel Austin; aunts and uncles, Mel Hart (Jackey New), Donnitia Hart, Randy (Randalynn) Hovland, Lucas Spurgeon, Jesse McClellan, Sarah Molina, Cheryl Williams, Bea (Jerry) James, Rebecca (Steve) Waller, Chet Baer, Marie (Mike) Love, June (Doug) Stanaway, Ann (Roger) Ooms, and Philip (Sukyong) Melton; cousins, the twins, Haley and Zoe McClellan, who loved to follow him around, and Krista and Izzy New; favorite teacher/school mom, Sheri Mortimer; best friend, Estevan Fonseca; and girlfriend, Marisa Medina. He was preceded in death by, Suki and Ben Baer, Jerry Painter, Shawn Melton; and great-grandma, Mary Hart. Nate left behind numerous family and friends who loved him deeply. He will always be loved and greatly missed.
There will be a Celebration of Life at 11 a.m., Saturday, May 8, 2021 at 441 Indian Dan Canyon Rd., Brewster, WA 98812.