OBITUARY

Nathaniel Elijah Gordon

October 15, 2000January 8, 2021
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Maricopa, AZ: Nathaniel Elijah Gordon, age 20, passed away at his home in Maricopa on Friday January 8, 2021. Son of Steven and Rebecca (Oakes) Gordon, he was born on October 15th, 2000 in Chandler, Arizona.

He courageously battled medical issues most of his life being diagnosed with Autism at an early age and with Diabetes shortly thereafter. Several other complicated medical issues continued causing numerous hospitalizations each year throughout his life.

As a young boy he attended school briefly but at that time schools were ill prepared for children with special needs such as Nathaniel’s. He was provided with both speech and occupational therapies for a time but most of his beneficial interactions and education came from his parents.

He loved using his computer and surfing the internet which occupied many hours of his time. He also developed a special affinity for calendars and had a remarkable ability to recreate a calendar for any month of any year without any references but his own mind. Being non-verbal he couldn’t explain how he did it but most of the time he would get it exactly right. Nathaniel also loved Paw Patrol and enjoyed adding new items to his large collection.

In recent months he enjoyed making fun Tik-Tok videos with help from his mother and developed a large following who enjoyed his singing and dancing.

He is survived by his parents and his maternal grandfather Michael Oakes of Maricopa, his big sister Marrissa Oakes and nephew Matthew Oakes of Tempe and a number of aunts, uncles and cousins living in Arizona, Texas, New York, Oregon and Virginia all of whom will miss him greatly.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Maurice and Beverly Gordon and his maternal grandmother Karen Oakes.

Services will be held at Trinity Christian Fellowship located at 50 S. McQueen Rd in Chandler AZ on January 16, 2021 with visitation at 11:00 AM and funeral service at 12:00 PM. Burial will follow with limited attendance (Covid restriction) at 2:00 PM at Valley Of The Sun Cemetery in Chandler. Nathaniel’s family is welcoming family and friends to their home for a gathering following the service.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations in his name to SARC (Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center), JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation), Make-A-Wish Foundation, Hospice of the Valley (Pediatric) or another charitable organization of choice.

Services

  • Visitation

    Saturday, January 16, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Saturday, January 16, 2021

  • Graveside Service

    Saturday, January 16, 2021

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Mary Darrow

January 19, 2021

I only knew him from tiktok for a short time. He really touched me with his happiness. Loved watching him. Know that we are all thinking of you.

Jennifer Lalone

January 12, 2021

Nathaniel will always have a special place in my heart. He brought lots of laughter and smiles to my life. Nathaniel had many special talents and he amazed me in making his calendars when someone would give him a year and a month he made it just the way it should be. I loved his upbeat spirit. When I would ask him to help me with something he would say "let's get the show on the road". I loved watching him dance and make his tiktoks. Rest in peace Nathaniel.

Marie Fite

January 11, 2021

Nathaniel, you knew how to light a room with your singing and your love for music and im really gonna miss your tiktoks and the I love yous and Happy Birthdays. Thank you Nathaniel for helping me go on in sickness when id see you going on like it was a piece of cake. You withstood the ugly of disease and helped others to withstand it too and to just live life daily with excitement and joy. Fly high with the angels beautiful baby boy. You are suffering no more and can look over mama and dad now and your bestie Matti. Hes gonna miss you most cause you was his Naniel..Love you bud !!❤💔😭

Amy G

January 10, 2021

I just knew him on tik tok his smile was such a great gift. He is dancing in heaven now:)

Kelley Serva

January 10, 2021

I only new Nathaniel from TikTok. I loved seeing his videos and my kids loved seeing his videos. His smile was contagious and so was his laugh. My condolences to the family and friends of Nathaniel. May he Rest In Peace.

Jennifer Lane

January 10, 2021

Seeing Nathaniel on Tik tock daily made my day complete. His smile always made me smile. My sincere condolence to his family. May he rest in peace pain free. Dancing and doing everything he loves agmonst the Angels. Fly high Nathaniel you journey on earth might of ended but you spirit will live in our hearts

Liz Chrystal

January 10, 2021

Only know Nathaniel from Tiktok but I loved seeing his posts and how he was progressing. God rest you Nathaniel. Condolences to your Family

Deb Ortwine

January 10, 2021

Nathaniel brought me many smiles and so much joy with his dancing and singing on TicToc, that’s where I found him. Every day I will go on the app just so I could see if Nathaniel put a new video up and I was always very pleased to see a new one. He was such a wonderful person that exhibited so much happiness in what he was doing. Nathaniel you will be missed greatly, it’s going to take time to get used to not seeing your smile.

Alex Bomar

January 10, 2021

Hey. Wanted to send my condolences and say I’m just so sorry for this happening. I found Nathaniel through Tiktok and I enjoy watching his dancing videos! His videos always made me smile because he was just so happy. So sorry to see him go but I know he is out of this pain now. All the best to his mother and family.💜💜🙏🏽

Johan Aikema

January 10, 2021

My prayers are for you and Nathaniel . I will remember hun as a bright star. He will be there in My memory such.

FROM THE FAMILY