Shurel D Nate
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July 30, 1923 - June 12, 2013
Shurel D. Nate passed away on June 12, 2013 at the Bear Lake Skilled Nursing Facility.
Shurel was born in Dingle, Idaho on the 30th of July 1923 to George Frederick Dayton Nate and Electa Isabell Meeks. He was the youngest of five children: three sisters; Lelia (Aland) Esterholdt, Billie (Richard) Perkins, and Jean (Howard) Smith and one brother Eldon (Leota) Nate.
Shurel married his eternal companion and sweetheart, Vera King, from Sharon, Idaho shortly after returning from his tour of duty in the South Pacific in Japan and the Philippines during World War II, where he proudly served as a radioman in the U.S. Navy. He joined up in October of 1943 and was honorably discharged on March 19, 1946. Shurel and Vera were married on March 2nd 1947 in Soda Springs, Idaho. Their love and marriage was later solemnized in the Logan, Utah temple. Their union was blessed with five children: two daughters; Lee (Glenn) Dayton and Cheryl Hartley and three sons; Steven (Vickie) Nate, Michael (Annette) Nate, and Bruce (Kim) Nate. They have 31 grandchildren, 55 great grandchildren, and 1 great-great grandchild.
Shurel grew up in a time when hard work was not only expected but absolutely necessary. As a youngster he went to work in the hay fields with his grandfather and dad. At the age of 14 he went to work on several ranches in Cokeville, Wyoming. He also enjoyed going with his parents to Montana, where he learned to tie wool and handle sheep as his dad sheared sheep in an effort to provide for his family.
After returning from the war he pursued in interest in automobile mechanics which led to his life long career. He was a mechanic at the Rich Motor Company in Montpelier and later served as a service manager. He was a shop foreman at Montpelier Automotive. He and his brother Eldon operated the Union 76 Service Station on the corner where Broulims Supermarket is now, for several years. He worked at Central Farmers Mining Company in Georgetown as a mechanic and mill wright. He owned and operated Nates Texaco for many years on the corner where Subway is now located. This gave him the opportunity to teach his sons how to work hard and also provide them the ability to earn their own spending money. He spent several years at Morrison and Kunudsen coal mine at Kemmerer, Wyoming where he finally retired as a heavy equipment diesel mechanic. During all of this he maintained a dairy cow operation and small farm with cows, pigs, chickens, sheep, goats, ect. He was a hard worker and good provider and always made sure his family has what they needed.
His interests were many and varied among which were the following: He loved being in the mountains and hills hunting, fishing, and camping with his family; from a lad, he loved trapping furs which gave him a source of spending money. He later enjoyed raising mink with his brother and then with his son Michael. He enjoyed raising and showing rabbits and won many awards and prizes. He enjoyed prospecting and metal detecting. He and his wife Vera spent many hours in the hills looking for and studying Native American camp grounds and artifacts. He enjoyed black powder hunting and re-enacting mountain man lifestyles and skills. He loved playing the guitar and the harmonica. He played in several bands for dances in the valley and surrounding area and later entertained for church socials with his sons in a band called the Dingle Swamprats.
He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and enjoyed the opportunity to serve in many calling among which were: scout master, first counselor in the young men's organization, superintendent in the young men's, explorer advisor and coach for the softball team, first counselor in the Sunday school, wars magazine director, executive secretary in the Bishopric, and of course a home teacher. He and his wife, Vera, served a three year mission in the Logan, Utah temple.
He was preceded in death by his parents, siblings, and two sons in law, Guy Peterson and Kurt Hartley, and a granddaughter Brittney Peterson. He will truly be missed until we can all once again unite as an eternal family unit.
The services will be held on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 in the Dingle LDS Chapel. A viewing will be held the night before on Monday, June 17, 2013 in Matthews Mortuary from 6-8 pm and a viewing the day of prior to the serves from 10:00 to 11:45. Interment will be in the Dingle Cemetery.
Published in Idaho State Journal on June 15, 2013