Paul G. Nahon, III
Paul G. Nahon, III, passed away August 15, 2013, hiking the trails of the Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado, pursuing his goal to climb all 14 thousand-foot peaks (14'ers) in Colorado. Paul was born September 17, 1992.
He is survived by his parents, Paul G. Nahon, Jr. and Angel Langston Nahon, brother John A. Nahon, Grandparents Paul G. Nahon, Sr. and Sharon Nahon, Marcia Bennett, Dr. James William Langston and Dr. Lisa Langston, Great Grandmother Helen May Langston, Aunts Laurie Lee Langston Allegretti, her husband Tony Allegretti and their children Anna and Danny, Suzanne Langston Kelly and her children Caitlyn and Brendan, Monica Destiny Gilardi, her husband Nicola and their children J.R. Reynolds, Nic Gilardi and Tomaso Gilardi, Michelle Nahon Moulder and her husband, T.J., Chloe Langston, Emily Langston, and Uncles Daniel Langston, Michael Langston, and James Langston, and numerous great uncles, great aunts, cousins, and friends.
Paul graduated from Glendale High School in 2011. He distinguished himself as an athlete, student, and leader. Paul won the Missouri State Tennis Championship in 2010 and 2011. He holds the record for the most tennis wins in Missouri history with an overall record of 117 wins and 7 losses. He won three conference and district championships, and medaled in state all four years. Paul was also inducted into the National High School Tennis All-American Foundation. He received sportsmanship awards at every level from the Cooper Tennis Complex to National level. Paul was also an original member of the Community Olympic Development Program.
While at Glendale, Paul participated in Peer Mediation, Student Council Cabinet where he served as media chair, Student Government, Boys Service Society, World Language Club, National Honor Society, and the Boys Tennis team. He was a Rose Banquet Honoree, ranked in the top 10 of his graduating class academically, and a Bright Flight Scholar, ranking in the top 3% academically in Missouri. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame for Citizenship Class of 2011. Paul also was recognized with a place on the Wall of Honor at Glendale.
Paul attended the University of Richmond where he continued to distinguish himself as an athlete, student and leader. He was a member of the Richmond Spiders Men's Tennis Team where he was the first Spider Men's Tennis Team member named to the All-Academic honors Team since 2005. He received recognition for having the highest GPA in his class both his freshman and sophomore years.
Paul had just transferred to Colorado College in Colorado Springs, Colorado for the upcoming semester, where he planned to further his education in International Business and Economics with a focus on Environmental Studies.
Paul worked at Cooper Tennis Complex running tennis academies for competitive junior players, becoming a certified coach and giving private lessons. He held internships for United States Senator Roy Blunt in Washington, D.C., and BKD. He also interned with the Drury University men's Tennis Team assisting with team practices.
Paul was recently chosen to be one of 12 Ambassadors for Whole Foods. The purpose of the Ambassadorship was to develop funding for loans in third world countries - specifically to help women develop skills in business to better themselves and their communities.
Paul's favorite food was sushi, his favorite animal was a shark, and his favorite movie was Anchorman. He said if Hollywood ever made a movie about his life, he would want Will Ferrell to play his character. Paul's favorite holiday was Easter because of the Easter eggs filled with candy and money. He loved counting the coins he received in the eggs. Paul loved spending time with friends and family.
Paul was respected by peers and adults. He was respected for doing the right thing even if it was not the popular thing to do. Above all, Paul lived life to the fullest. His attitude to seek the greatest adventure that life had to offer will be remembered forever, and so will his belief that everyone has a purpose in life that we all strive towards. His presence will be deeply missed by his large family, and hundreds of friends from coast to coast.
A memorial service will be held at King's Way United Methodist Church, 2401 S. Lone Pine, Springfield, Missouri, 65804, at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 24, 2013.
A Memorial Fund has been established to provide athletic scholarships. Donations may be sent to:
Paul G. Nahon, III, Athletic Scholarship Fund
c/o Community Foundation of the Ozarks
425 East Trafficway
Springfield, MO 65801
Published in News-Leader on Aug. 18, 2013.