OBITUARY

Nathanial "Nathan or Nate" Windell Watts

August 2, 1969October 8, 2020

Nathanial Windell Watts was born in San Francisco, California on August 2, 1969. His friends and family called him Nathan or Nate. He died peacefully at home, surrounded by his loving family, on October 8, 2020. His life was short but full. After he finished some college classes, he joined the Navy and went off to boot camp at the Naval Training Center in Orlando, Florida. When he finished boot camp, he was sent to a C school in San Diego, California, and became a Sonar Tech His first duty station was on the USS Houston, a submarine. After a time on the Houston, he requested an assignment on a surface vessel. He then went back to school and became a hull technician. His next duty station was on a destroyer, the USS John S. McCain stationed at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii as part of the Pacific Fleet, and later restationed in Japan. Nathan was proud of the fact that he was assigned back to back on three surface vessels, the USS McCain, an aircraft carrier, the USS Kitty Hawk, and a frigate, the USS Vandegrift and was forward deployed for about 14 years. While stationed in Japan, Nathan met his wife, Kazumi. After their marriage, he was offered his choice of shore duty and chose to be a C school instructor at Great Lakes, Illinois.

After a time as an instructor, Nathan was assigned to the Army as an Individual Augmentee, along with others, to serve in Iraq. By that time, he had a beautiful daughter. Shortly after his service in Iraq, he retired from the Navy, having served 20 plus years. He found a civilian job and moved his family, which now included a son who was born before he retired, to Georgia, settling in Peachtree City. Nathan was a good story teller and had some great ones about his time in the Navy. He loved being in the Navy and at sea. He spoke about missing it .

Fatefully, in 2016, Nathan became ill with cancer, which would eventually kill him. He fought a valiant battle to survive, to no avail. He wanted to live, but after 4 years of fighting, he was tired and decided it was time to go.

He leaves behind a wonderful wife, Kazumi, and two beautiful children, Taiyo who is 12 and Hina who is 16. He also leaves behind his father, Donald Watts, his step-mother, Sue Watts, and many extended family members. He will be sorely missed by family and his many friends and neighbors.

Nathan was an intelligent young man. He was a great and expressive writer and could speak knowledgeably on many subjects. He was artistic and a very skilled gamer. He had many friends who are scattered throughout the United States and the world. He cared deeply for others and worked to make sure that veterans were appropriately acknowledged for their service and sacrifice and were well cared for.

Funeral services with military honors will be at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 18 at First Baptist Church of Peachtree City, 208 Willowbend Road, Peachtree City, GA. The family will receive friends at the church beginning at 1:30 p.m. Wearing masks and social distancing will be adhered to. For those unable to attend the services, there will be Live Feed Streaming scheduled for 2:45 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. at www.fbcptc.org/memorial.

The family request that donations be made to vhvfoundation.org/donate/

Carmichael-Hemperley Funeral Home, 135 Senoia Road, Peachtree City, is in charge of arrangements.

Services

  • Visitation

    Sunday, October 18, 2020

  • Celebration of Life Funeral Service

    Sunday, October 18, 2020

Memories

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Joseph Haynes

October 19, 2020

My memory is a bit fuzzy, as I knew him a very long time ago. I was incredibly young at the time, maybe around 15ish. I played a game with him in our group of friends. I lost contact with most of the people I played with, save for a few. But I know that when I saw the online alias that Nathan used, it was a kind memory. I remember him being an incredible man, kind and inviting. It's absolutely heart breaking to hear about this, more so that I didn't even know until tonight that he had passed. I'm so sorry, so sorry for everyone that this has hurt. There's little I can do but hold on to that memory of a man I had not seen for a long time. The memory of a good man. And I'll honor that.

Jeffrey McCoy

October 19, 2020

I remember Nate from our training time in Ft. Bliss (Camp Macgregor) and subsequent deployment to Iraq.
He was a great Sailor, with a good heart. He always kept his head up and did his duty, to the best of his ability.

Shipmates can be as close as brothers and sisters. This was true with Nate. We are all better for having known him.

My condolences to his family.

Chief Petty Officer (ret)
Jeffrey McCoy

Christopher Hagan

October 14, 2020

I served with Nate onboard the mighty vandy from 01-04. Nate was that guy pulling pranks, joking around but at the same time very serious about the job. He taught me a lot as I was still new to the navy. He became a mentor and friend. When I was sick, he reached out to me when I was at my lowest. He told me to find a way to make fun of my situation as it will help the healing process. When I heard that Nate was sick, I dropped what I was doing and reached out, not knowing that he could talk, we messaged each other for about a 3 hours. When he was down he was never out, he always found a way to be happy. I know he is a proud family man and would do anything for his family. Nate, know that your navy brothers and sisters will be here to answer the call if your family every is in need!
Nate, you will be missed but never forgotten! Fair winds and following seas my brother!

Neilia Baxter

October 13, 2020

Dearest Kazumi, Hinako and Taiyo,
I love you very much and am holding you up in prayer during this time of grief. Kazumi, grieve the way you want to, the way that's best for you and not something someone says
"you should or shouldn't". Hina, share your heart with your nearest and dearest so the pain you feel can be expressed the way you need it to be. Taiyo, tears are okay, a real man cries. I am here for you. Love, Mom and Gramma Neilia

Christopher Cox

October 12, 2020

This is very sad news and a real blow to the world. While I never had the opportunity to meet Nathan in person, he made a huge impact on me and I am fortunate to call him an internet friend. He will truly be missed. I know he fought a very tough battle and one where he was able to fight the odds for quite a while. I am blessed to have had a moment in time with this incredible individual. He often spoke of how lucky he is to have you, Kazumi, by his side and I could see the glow on his face when he wrote about his children. He is at peace and in no pain. As time goes forward, we will get through the pain of his loss and find peace when remembering the good memories he afforded us. God bless to you and your family. If you are in need of anything, please don't hesitate to reach out.

Michael McDonald

October 12, 2020

I had the pleasure of serving with Nate onboard USS Vandegrift (FFG 48) from 2001 to 2005, through two deployments and more time underway than I care to imagine. He and my wife Tammy knew each other before I arrived in Japan, and he treated her like his Little Sister (including screening her dates). Having newly checked onboard my first ship and having him ask me what my intentions were on my first date with Tammy (as though he were her brother) was surreal. He was always looking out for his shipmates and other people. He looked after everybody. Tammy (my wife) still remembers Nate fondly as her big brother looking out for her when she first got to Japan, and whenever his name would come up between us in casual conversation, it never ceased to bring a smile to both our faces. He was probably one of the funniest guys I ever met, and always had something to say that would leave you smiling when you parted company. When you were having a bad day on the ship, he'd eventually show up out on the smoke deck to shoot the breeze on break. He'd ask how things were going and give his unique take on your situation along with some sage advice on how to achieve a positive resolution to your quandry other than float-testing your shipmates. He was a good man with a solid head on his shoulders and a wicked sense of humor. The last 15 years have had us consistently on opposite sides of the planet, but he and I kept in touch via FB over the years. I have always been thankful to have had the opportunity to serve with him and call him Shipmate. My heart goes out to his family.

Karen Pallat

October 12, 2020

Nathan, HT1, I'll always remember those in-depth talks we'd have while taking a break from the work in the HQ building at NBPD2. You were the one with inside information on God, country, morals, everything that counted. The fact that you had a little precocious 4 year old girl reminded me of my own back when she was little. You were my own son's current age, but seemed more mature! I'll sure miss you, go with God.

Nate Swails

October 11, 2020

Thanks for the memories Nate Alpha! It was a wild ride and I'll never forget those crazy years in Hawaii, Japan, and all over Southeast Asia. I wish I could have seen you again, but I am eternally grateful for the short time we did have together. Congratulations on a wonderful wife, two beautiful children, and a life well lived! You will be missed dearly, my friend.

Donna Boykin

October 11, 2020

Nathan it was a joy to know you and your family. While our meeting was brief, the joy we had that day riding together was awesome!!!! I have missed being able to watch you debate online, some people never learned, yet I respected you for admitting you was wrong if need be too and never removing your debate. Kazumi you and the family are being hugged by God right now. Prayers that you are all at peace and hugs 😘.

Al Stefanelli

October 11, 2020

Nathan, it was an honor to call you my friend. Whether sitting in your office plotting to take over the world in a video game, getting kicked out of Starbucks for misbehaving, sharing a meal with your family or mine, or just making fun of people who cannot seem to park their car correctly. We shared a lot laughs, and I will always remember you. My brother, you will be missed

FROM THE FAMILY

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