Brentwood Funeral Home

839 First Street, Brentwood, CA


Nathan Kent Connelly (Knight)

June 3, 1980September 13, 2019

Nathan was born June 3, 1980 and his life here ended September 13, 2019. He was a wonderful person who his mother considered a blessing. Not only did she love him more than she could have imagined, but she felt honored to be able to raise him. Nathan grew up in Pleasant Hill, CA until he was 5-years-old, at which time his Mom married his Dad Steve. He then moved to Brentwood, CA where he gained an amazing brother in Christian Knight, and a year later, an amazing sister in Kelli Knight. Growing up in Brentwood, he was able to make many friends, created so many memories, and left an undeniable mark on those who were involved in his life. He graduated in 1998 from Liberty Union High School, and immediately joined the Marine Corp. He stayed in the corp until December of 2002 and again met many people that will forever remember the impact he had on their lives. Nathan had many jobs, but was finally able to pursue something that fulfilled his passion: helping others. He was a Mentor at Project Bayview in San Francisco, a ministry where men are assisted in becoming clean and sober by realizing that they can have an honest and personal relationship with Jesus, whom did so much to help Nathan navigate this crazy world.. He continued in this ministry until his death. Two years ago, Nathan began his career with California Housing Partnership. He was promoted 3 times in his short time there. Nathan was a Resident Services Team Lead, overseeing 3 homes for CHP. He enjoyed his position there as it allowed him to give back to those less fortunate. CHP is an organization that plays a unique role in California’s struggle to provide housing that is sustainable and affordable to working families, homeless, veterans, seniors, and disabled. He always spoke of how he felt so fortunate to have been chosen to work in such a fabulous organization.

He is survived by his Dad and Mom, Steve and Kathy Knight, brothers Christian (Gail) and Jesse, nephew Brayden, sister Kelli (Megan), nephews Kaison and Jeremy, Melanie Goff, a woman that brought genuine unconditional love into Nathan’s world unlike anyone had seen before, and whom he was planning on spending the rest of his life with. He is also survived by many Uncles, Aunts, and cousins.

Nathan’s memory will forever live on in the hearts of those who knew and loved him. His family will forever love him and miss him dearly.


  • Celebration of Life Thursday, September 26, 2019


Nathan Kent Connelly (Knight)

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David Lopez

September 24, 2019

I was heartbroken when I heard of your passing. God has a true light with him in heaven. Even though we haven’t spoken in a while, when we did it’s as if no time had passed at all. You were a real one and you will be forever missed.

-David Lopez

John Medina

September 23, 2019

I first want to send my condolences to Nathan' s family and Melanie. I'm so sorry for your loss. I worked with Nathan at Community Housing Partnership for the last couple years and we used to joke about how we both took the same route to RSTL roles, like literally. Nathan was always consistent during my interactions with him and I loved and appreciated that about him. We would talk football, baseball, music, and work related things whenever we saw eachother. The conversations flowed so effortlessly and I was always happy to see him because of it. The last time I saw him was August 15th, my last day with the agency. Nathan and Melanie both stopped by to say their farewells to me. We talked about catching an A's game and staying in touch. I can't believe I am writing this now before we got a chance to do that. Life is so short and we never know when our time will come. Making a positive meaningful impact on others is how your legacy lives on forever and Nathan's legacy will do just that. Until we cross paths again brother, go A's! We are going to miss you!