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Nathan Thomas "Nate" Darrell


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Nathan Thomas "Nate" Darrell Obituary
Nathan "Nate" Thomas Darrell, age 41, of Sterling Co., left us suddenly on Oct, 7,2016 while driving home on highway 61, between Fleming and Sterling.
Nate was born April 27, 1975 in Meeker, Co. on a snowy, beautiful morning to Thomas and Valerta (Brown) Darrell.
He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, James "Roy" Darrell, Barbara Richter, his step grandmother, Helen Darrell, and his maternal grandparents, Elmer and LaVerta Brown.
As the oldest child, Nateis survived by his siblings, Caleb Thomas Darrell, Chadron Thomas Darrell, and Brittany Ann Lopez. Nate was married to Kelly Mae Turner from September 12, 1999-2006. Although they remained childless, they traveled the world seeing amazing places. Mojo, their Siberian Husky, was loved dearly throughout their marriage and continued to stay by Nate's side until 2009. Nate was adored by his uncles and aunts and cousins from childhood to adulthood. At family get-togethers, you could hear Nate's nephews and nieces calling out, "Uncle Nate's here, Uncle Nate's here!" They were drawn to him because of his quiet, gentle way.
As a teen, Nate loved Rock N Roll, spending hours playing Aerosmith on his Les Paul guitar. Music was his passion and as the years went by, none of us were exempt from getting that call from him saying, "comeover and listen to this song with me." And there was only one way that he would listen; "LOUD". There wasn't a band or a song that he couldn't tell you their history.
In 1993, Nate graduated from Ft. Morgan High School and went on to study architect at the Colorado Institute of Art. After nearly two years, Nate realized that his real desire was to build masonry and stone homes with his own hands. He had the good fortune of learning that trade under Johnny Nygaard, Floyd Young, Mick Ramey, and Daryl Ramey, who were the best in the masonry industry. He focused exclusively on high end stonework and became a reputable name in the masonry business, being asked for by name to work on elaborate homes in the Rocky Mountains and in the Cherry Creek area.Nate defined himself as an expert mason and jokingly called himself "the magnificent." You would be hard pressed to find a flaw in his stonework. He even made the comment that he wanted to be buried with his 4 ft. level, his most revered tool. He laid stone and brick on CSU in Boulder, the Denver Hotel, as well as jobs in many other states.He and his brother, Caleb, refurbished the original Fire Hall in Haxtun, Colorado.Locally, Nate's expertise can be seen on stone and brick buildings all over Sterling, the latest being Sam and Louie's Restaurant, and the personal home of Mike and Denise Schaefer.
Everyone who worked alongside Nate can attest that he was truly gifted. He held to high standards. Each morning he wrote down his goals for the day, and one of those notes was found in his pocket on the last day of his life. His professionalism was matched by his genuine humanity. He was respectful to any acquaintance, starting each day with a black thermos of coffee and a positive smile. He always considered the thoughts and feelings of others, trying to make everyone happy, and wishing he could fix their problems. The friends that he had aquired, became friends for life. He made sure that his family was cared for and would offer his home as a refuge if necessary. He was honest and outspoken in his beliefs, but quick to show up on your doorstep apologizing for his faults.
From the day Nate's nephew, Hayden Lopez was born, he stole Nate's heart and they bonded for life. Hayden became Nate's reason for living.
In 2013 Nate became the custodial parent for Hayden and they lived together for 3 years. They shared a passion for exotic snakes, for fishing and hunting, and for steak dinners, Nate managed Hayden's Type 1 Diabetes and Cerebral Palsy while suffering from his own illness called Systemic Sclerosis. This disease nearly blinded Nate, calcified his fingertips, and caused great pain and depression, but their love was stronger than any of their trials. They had planned on many more adventures.
The last quote that someone heard Nate say as he sat outside, watching the dawn, drinking coffee with his friend, Ryker, was," it just doesn't get much better than this." So, Nate, sleep peacefully, we will find a way to carry on in your absence until our arms hold you again.
Personal notes from Nate's nephews and nieces:
Cody Darrell, age 20: Nate was the most selfless person I knew. He would take the fall so that others wouldn't have to.
Caston Darrell, age 16: Nate was an uncle in every meaning of the word. He lived with us multiple times and he always wanted to go do something with me and my dad. He dedicated so much time to doing things with all his nieces and nephews and he planned so many great trips. Everyone loved him and we're going to miss him.
Hallie Lopez, age 7: I will miss our nature walks to find rocks and leaves. You always listened to me. I'll think of you when I'm in the ice cream shop. Have sweet dreams, Uncle Nate, I hope they're filled with love. We are going to miss you, but not as much as you will miss us.
Laylah Lopez, age 4: I love you, Uncle Nate. You always called me Le Lo. I will think of you when I look at the moon.
Hayden Lopez, age 12: I think of you all the time, when I wake up and when I go to sleep, when I'm fishing and hunting, when I'm eating a steak and when I'm holding my snakes. You were so happy lately. I didn't want you to go. You are like a dad and I don't know what I'm going to do without you.I won't ever forget you. I love you, Nate.
The family will honor Nate by scattering his ashes in the Colorado River by Walden, Colorado, where he took Hayden and the family for an amazing camping trip.
Published in Akron News-Reporter on Nov. 23, 2016
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