Theodore "Ted" Natti
1922 - 2018
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PEMBROKE - Theodore "Ted" Natti, 95, of Pembroke, NH, passed away on March 28, 2018 at home with his family by his side.

The son of Finnish immigrants Erkki and Matilda (Sironen) Natti, Ted was born in Gloucester, MA on August 22, 1922. Ted was the last surviving sibling of 12. Ted enlisted in the US Naval Air Corps in 1942, received his Naval Aviator Wings and serviced with the Atlantic Fleet as a torpedo/dive-bomber pilot. He graduated from the University of NH with a BS in Forestry and went on to Yale University to earn a Master's degree in Forestry.

In 1950, Ted started work with the US Forest Service as a research assistant located in the White Mountain area. He started a career with the NH State Forestry Dept. as Chief of Forest Management, responsible for managing 150,000 acres of state-owned lands. He was appointed Director of the Forests and Lands (NH State Forester) in 1967 and served in that capacity until his retirement. He was a member of the National Association of State Foresters serving as president in 1969. He was active in state, regional and national forestry organizations including the Society of American Foresters, chairman of New England Section of SAF in 1969 and founding member of the Granite State Chapter. He also was a licensed Land Surveyor. Ted practiced what he preached being a Certified Tree Farmer, his lands being certified in 1962.

Ted's family includes his wife, Elizabeth "Betty" (Carlson), to whom he was married for 66 years and three children - Wayne, Lisa (Rick Carrick) and Jon. He was beloved "Bumpa" to five grandboys - Sam (Nicole), Ed, Ben, Ted and Clint. Ted and Betty also recently welcomed great-grandchildren Ava and Mikko Natti. The family cat, Kippi, was his loyal friend.

Ted loved his family and his home including the backyard sauna. He enjoyed working at his woodpile and in the garden. His family has fond memories of his nisu baking, homemade pickles, excellent potato crop and his harmonica playing. Ted was a good athlete and enjoyed competition. He played hockey for UNH and was an accomplished golfer, winning 2 club championships and competing with the NH State Seniors. A strong work ethic, compassion for others and his unwavering integrity set a daily example for everyone he knew. Ted truly personified all the outstanding attributes of the "Greatest Generation." His memory will live on through the love of his family.

SERVICES: Graveside services will be held in June at Seaside Cemetery in Gloucester (Lanesville), MA followed by a gathering of family and friends. Contributions in his memory can be made to UNH Forestry - Scholarship program: UNH Forestry Scholarship, 15 Strafford Ave., Durham, NH 03824 or online at Assisting the family with arrangements is the Petit-Roan Funeral Home in Pembroke. To share a memory or offer a condolence, please visit

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Published in Union Leader on Apr. 1, 2018.
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May 14, 2018
I am so sorry to have learned of Teds passing. My thought and prayers go out to all of you. I will miss seeing him outside when I drive by.
Sally Copp-Laramie
April 3, 2018
Dear Betty and family, so sorry to hear of Ted's passing.
He is very dear to our hearts and will be missed greatly.
Love, Paul & Margo DuPont
April 3, 2018
To the Natti Family, we were sorry to hear about Ted's passing. I had the opportunity to work with Ted for 11 years of my 31 years at the Division of Forests and Lands. He was a great man on and off the job - as my boss, my mentor, and my friend. He will be missed by the New Hampshire forestry community.
Anne & J.B. Cullen
April 3, 2018
Despite the loss of the physical presence of your father. We know that God has assigned him to watch over you throughout your life.
Roger Baransky
April 2, 2018
Our condolences to the Natti family.He was a great inspiration to me growing up. R.I.P.
Bob & Anne Edmonds
April 2, 2018
Ted will certainly be missed. He was both a mentor and friend to me and many others in both his professional and personal life. I will forever cherish his advice and assistance over the years.
Ronald Poltak
April 2, 2018
Thinking of you all at this time. Sending love and sympathy. Remembering all the fun we had staying with Uncle Ted and Aunt Betty as a teen during summer vacation
Betty Natti Windstein
April 2, 2018
Dear Betty, Wayne, Lisa and Jon, My deepest sympathies. Ted was a great man, neighbor and friend to my family. His days at PVCC will always be remembered. God Bless.
John Strachan
April 1, 2018
Dear Betty, Wayne, Lisa & John,
I was sorry to hear of Ted's passing and send my heartfelt condolences to to all of you and your families. So many great memories from our days at PVCC!
Craig Keeler
April 1, 2018
Ted was a great guy!
Neil McIver
April 1, 2018
My condolences to all of the Natti family. Growing up in Pembroke remember what a fine manTed was. God Bless?
Roy Allgeyer
March 31, 2018
Mrs. Natti, Wayne,Lisa. John and family. My condolences to you. Dana M. Smith.
March 31, 2018
To the family, I am sorry to hear the news about your loss. May the God who "binds up the brokenhearted" and "comforts all who mourn" sustain your family during this challenging time. Isaiah 61:1,2 *

March 30, 2018
I worked with Ted in the Forestry Dept several years ago. He was a good person and I am sorry for your loss.
Carolyn Quinn
March 30, 2018
Please accept my dearest and heartfelt sympathy; I am so sorry for your loss. May the God who "binds up the brokenhearted" and "comforts all who mourn" sustain your family during this challenging time. Isaiah 61:1, 2.
March 29, 2018
I'm sorry about your loss. May the God of all comfort be with you during such a hard time.
(Psalms 9:9)
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