Cottrell, Nathan 3/14/1977 - 8/21/2018 Kalamazoo Nate was born in Springfield, Oregon. His family moved to Kalamazoo where attended Washington Elementary, Milwood Elementary, Milwood Middle School, and graduated from Loy Norrix in 1995. Nate also attended Kalamazoo Valley Community College.He loved playing baseball in the Milwood Little League and spending time at a local lake swimming and driving the family boat. Nate was an excellent cook that spent many years employed in restaurant management. Known for his sense of humor; even while fighting for his life, he joked with the medical staff at the three hospitals where he was treated. Nate spent over thirteen year in love with his partner, Sara Johnson. Their daughter, Jordan-Marie is three years old. Nate loved his family and especially his daughter. Nate is survived by his parents, Craig and Sue Cottrell, his partner Sara and daughter, his brother Matthew Cottrell and his partner, Lindsay Commissaris, his grandmother June Cottrell, his aunts, Laurie Cottrell DeVarney and Rosemarie Cayo, his uncles Chris Cottrell and Keno DeVarney, his cousin Jeff Cayo, and great aunt Jean Pataky. Matt's daughter Madison who was especially special to Nate, also survives. A Memorial Service will be held on September 8, 2018, 10:30 AM, at the St. Martin of Tours Episcopal Church on Nichols Road. Nate will be missed for his jokes, always being willing to barbecue a family gathering meal, and sharing his love and life with us.