Nathaniel Howard Cole (1934 - 2017)

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Nathaniel Howard Cole formerly of Juneau, Alaska, passed away Friday, August 25, 2017 in Issaquah, Washington. He was 83.
Nathaniel was born March 9, 1934 in New Tazewell, Tennessee to Joseph Lafayette Cole and Ida Fortner Cole. He was raised in New Tazwell where he graduated from New Tazwell High School. Following high school Nathaniel furthered his education at Lincoln Memorial University and Peabody University. Nathaniel would go on to earn his doctorate from New Mexico State University in 1972.
In 1956 his country called and Nathaniel entered the United States Army. He served in White Sands, New Mexico until his honorable discharge on August 28, 1957.
His working career started in Kentucky and Tennessee where he taught school. In 1961, he moved to Juneau, Alaska. After teaching High School in Juneau for two years, he joined the Alaska Department of Education in 1963; retiring in 1979. He was a leader in school finance in Alaska and a strong advocate of educational equality for all Alaskan Students.
On June 23, 1963 Nathaniel married Judy Middlemist. They settled in Juneau and started a family.
In his leisure time he enjoyed reading, cooking for friends and family, vacationing in Mexico and the South West United States and spending time with his family. His family remembers him as a loving husband and father who possessed a quiet personality and a generous spirit. He is deeply missed.
In addition to his loving wife, Judy, he is survived by his two children, Anthony and his wife, Karen; their son, Dylan and Susan and her husband, Tom, and their children, Tessa and Amelia; his brother, Keith and a host of extended family members and friends. He was preceded in death by his siblings, Lillian and Kyle.
At his request a private family gathering was held. All family and friends are invited to a "Celebration of Life" gathering next summer (2018) in Juneau, Alaska.
Friends are invited to view photos and share memories in the family's online guest book at Flintoft's Funeral Home, 425-392-6444.
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Flintoft's Funeral Home and Crematory
540 E. Sunset Way
Issaquah, WA 98027
(425) 392-6444
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Published in The Juneau Empire from Nov. 20 to Dec. 19, 2017
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