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Nat R. Etzel


The most kind, giving, caring, and wonderful man, Nat Etzel, peacefully passed away in the early morning hours, November 24, 2015 from complications of Parkinson’s Disease. He is now with those he tirelessly cared for and loved so dearly. Born December 31, 1927, to Rudy and Olga Etzel, he was raised on a dairy farm in Macksburg, Ore. and graduated from Canby High School.

Nat was a proud graduate of Oregon State University with a Masters Degree in Education. Nat married Bonnie Hiddleson in 1952 and they resided in Canby, Ore. The family moved to Eagle Point, Ore. in 1955 where Nat started the Vocational Agriculture program and Future Farmers of America Chapter. In 1971 Nat became the Regional Coordinator for Career and Vocational Education.

In 1976 Nat married Mary Lou Dunagan and they resided at the family farm outside Eagle Point where they hosted many friends and family in their home.

Upon retirement, Nat and Mary Lou returned to Canby to live close to his parents. Nat was very active in his church. They especially enjoyed attending family and retired Agricultural teacher reunions. They had the opportunity to travel the United States and overseas. For 12 years Nat cared for, first his mother and then his father. This hard work and personal sacrifice allowed both his parents to stay in their home, on the farm where they wanted to be.

Everyone who knew him celebrates having known him as our father, grandfather, mentor, teacher and friend. He will be so missed by so many people.  Our hearts ache, but remembering the countless lives he touched as a teacher and FFA advisor eases our pain, knowing he will be remembered always for the special man he was.

Nat is survived by his two sons, Scott Etzel (Tracey) and Eric Etzel (Kathy Demakas); his stepchildren Stephen Dunagan (Sue) and Evelyn Dunagan; his grandchildren, Justin Etzel (Taylor), Michael Etzel, Kendra Etzel, Kiara Etzel, and Sean Dunagan.

A memorial service will be held at 11:45 a.m. December 19, 2015 at Macksburg Lutheran Church, 10210 S. Macksburg Rd., Canby, OR. A crypt-side service will precede the memorial at 10:30 a.m. at the Zion Memorial Park Cemetery, 2010 S. Township Rd, Canby, OR.

In lieu of flowers, tax-deductible contributions may be made to the Nat Etzel Memorial FFA, 4-H, Career/Technical Endowed Scholarship. Contributions should be sent to: Washington Federal, 891 O’Hare Parkway, Medford, OR 97504, C/O Annamarie Aarseth. Please be sure that “Nat Etzel Memorial Scholarship” is written on the check.

Nat R. Etzel