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MM3 Nathan L. Watford

MM3 Nathan L. Watford
  • February 10, 1990 - December 20, 2010
  • Saint Joseph, Michigan

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“I came across Nathans oage and i gelt so disturbed in my heart as a minute oassed by i couldnt help but to feel teears wallowing up in my eyes and...Read More »
1 of 20 | Posted by: Nino Cordova - Wilmington, CA

“So sorry. My thoughts and prayers are with you. ”
2 of 20 | Posted by: Sandra Thurlow - MI

“Trent, Lyn and Jonathan, We learned of Nathan's death only a few days ago. Our hearts ache with yours. It has been a priviledge to watch him grow...Read More »
3 of 20 | Posted by: Jeff and Sandy Hub - St. Joseph, MI

4 of 20 | Posted by: LUANNE POTTER - ST. JOE, MI

“To the family, We are praying for you all. May God shower his love and grace upon you abundantly during this time. Our hearts are heavy for you! ”
5 of 20 | Posted by: Leslie & Susan Rawle - Orlando, FL

“To all the family of Nathan, I am so sorry to hear about your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you always. ”
6 of 20 | Posted by: Brad and Cindy James - Union, SC

“Dear Lyn, Trent, Jonathan, and family- I was shocked and greatly saddened to hear about this. We have been praying for you all in this trying time...Read More »
7 of 20 | Posted by: Dean Priebe - Auburn, AL

“My introduction to the Watford family was meeting Trent in the field behind his house walking our dogs. We would stop and talk about our life with...Read More »
8 of 20 | Posted by: Dick & Julie Berry - Saint Joseph, MI

“I too worked at Espress-Go, but it was before Nathan came on board. I am however, a loyal customer. Nathan was rather quiet at first, but soon...Read More »
9 of 20 | Posted by: Becky Bailey

“Dear Nathan, We were honored to have you as a Cadet in Civil Air Patrol during two of your busiest High School years. You stood out and will be...Read More »
10 of 20 | Posted by: Constance Cripps, MAJ, CAP - MI

“Trent and Lyn and Jonathan, Though we never met Nathan and have only met you recently, we are deeply saddened by your loss. We know there are no...Read More »
11 of 20 | Posted by: Dan and Julie Stephens St Joseph

“I had the privilege of seeing Nathan grow up from an early age. As a neighbor, I saw him mature into a dependable and trustworthy young man. Nathan...Read More »
12 of 20 | Posted by: Susanne Breitkreuz - Saint Joseph, MI

“What a joy to know Nathan. Seeing such manners and maturity in this day and age was a real treat. Nathans' curiosity was contagious and urged the...Read More »
13 of 20 | Posted by: Lt. Col. Thyra Chaddock - MI

“Nathan will truly be missed. He was a fine young man, always respectful and courteous to others. From all the great stories .. he was also a fine...Read More »
14 of 20 | Posted by: Cheryl and Rick Glowacki - MI

“To Nathans' Family, Having served as one of his Officers in the Civil Air Patrol, I admired his focus and dedication. As a Christian, I more admired...Read More »
15 of 20 | Posted by: Paul Czarnecki - Michigan City, IN

“Dear Trent and Family, I was saddened to hear about Nathan! Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. May God bless...Read More »
16 of 20 | Posted by: Linda Langston - Stevensville, MI

“Dear Lynette, your family and Sieg & Miriam,I am so sorry and can only imagine the loss you feel. I am confident that your faith will sustain during...Read More »
17 of 20 | Posted by: Nancy L Johnson - St Joseph, MI

“I did not know Nathan and yet I was honored to bring him home to his family. It was an honor to meet his mom, dad, and brother. Nathan rest in peace...Read More »
18 of 20 | Posted by: Clifford Otto - Wonder Lake, IL

“We never met you Nathan. We only briefly met your brother, mother and father and were honored to be allowed the opportunity to thank them for the...Read More »
19 of 20 | Posted by: Matter - Patriot

“To the family and friends of our shipmate, Although he and I never met, I am saddened by your loss. I am a retired Navy Chief Machinist Mate born...Read More »
20 of 20 | Posted by: Keith Totzke - Port Orchard, WA

Nathan L. Watford, Machinist’s Mate Third Class (USN), 20, of St. Joseph, passed away Monday, December 20, 2010.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held 12:00 P.M. Monday, January 3, 2010 at Berrien Center Bible Church, 8830 M-140 in Berrien Center with Pastor Mark Smith officiating. Burial will follow at Riverview Cemetery. Friends may visit Sunday, January 2, 2010 from 4:00 P.M. until 6:00 P.M. at Starks & Menchinger Family Funeral Home, 2650 Niles Rd., St. Joseph. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Five Pines Ministries for a new climbing tower. Memorials may be sent directly to Five Pines (6597 Smith Road, Berrien Center, MI 49102) or given online at Those wishing to share a memory online may do so at

Nathan was born February 10, 1990 in St. Joseph, MI to Trent & Lynelle (Priebe) Watford. He worked at Espress-Go for three years during high school. After graduation from high school, Nathan enlisted in the Navy. Because he scored exceptionally high on the ASVAB test, he was given the opportunity to be trained at the Naval Nuclear Power School, Goose Creek, SC. For each segment of his training he earned the highest GPA among those in his class.

In November 2010, he completed his training and after a 30-day leave reported to his assignment in Guam for submarine duty as an ELT (Engineering Laboratory Technician) on the USS Buffalo.

Nathan was survived by his parents Trent and Lynelle Watford of St. Joseph; brother Second Lieutenant Jonathan Watford (USAF) of Corpus Christi, Texas; grandparents Sieg and Miriam Priebe of Baroda, grandparents Chalmous and Ellen Watford of South Bend, Indiana, uncle and aunt Steve and Karen Priebe of Memphis, TN, uncle and aunt Dick and Nancy Rooker of Warsaw, Indiana, uncle and aunt Wayne and Lana Watford of Phoenix, Arizona, three cousins, and many great aunts and uncles.

We will deeply miss Nathan for the very special person that he was. Most of all, we will always be grateful that God gave us the privilege of twenty years with him.