Nathan Kenneth McDonald

September 14, 1982 ~ February 3, 2021


Feb. 10, 2021
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Larkin Sunset Gardens, 1950 East Dimple Dell Road, Sandy
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  • Our dear husband, father, son, brother, and friend, Nathan Kenneth McDonald, 38, passed away on February 3, 2020, in West Jordan, Utah.

    Nate was born on September 14, 1982, in Bountiful, Utah, to Scott Delmont McDonald and Julie Beth Newman McDonald. From the beginning, Nate was full of energy, and he loved He-Man and duct tape. He knew how to ham things up with the biggest of grins, and he carried that inborn ability to make people laugh throughout his life. He was always quick with a joke, and those jokes were always the funniest in the room.

    In eighth grade, Nate began attending Mount Vernon Academy in Murray, Utah. In the family environment there, he became the big man on campus and was especially successful on the basketball court. Following graduation in 2001, he served in the California Long Beach Mission and grew to love the people and the work.

    In January 2005, he enlisted in the United States Air Force Reserves. He received Veteran status through honorable service in Operation Iraqi Freedom from July 2007 to February 2008 and also Honorable Discharge in 2013.

    On June 23, 2006, he and Dana Christine Midgley were married in the Salt Lake Temple. Together, they worked hard to build a life that they loved. They had three children — Vincent, Allison, and Brielle — who were Nate’s world. In many ways, he became a new person when he became a father. He was particularly protective of his family and doted on them constantly.

    Nate started his career in physical security. Because of his interest in technology, he attended the University of Phoenix, earning a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology, graduating cum laude in September 2014. He worked at L3Harris at this time, moving from physical security to cybersecurity as an Information Systems Security Officer. He worked hard to earn several top-level information security certifications. At the time of his passing, he was working in a computer engineering position at L3, a job he greatly enjoyed.

    Nate loved sports throughout his life, and was especially a fan of the Utah Jazz, San Francisco 49ers, Las Vegas Raiders and MMA. With Vince, he loved playing video games and having Pokemon battles. He also taught himself how to play the guitar and would serenade his daughters Allie and Brielle with their favorite songs as they danced.

    He is survived by his wife, Dana, children Vince, Allie and Brielle, mother Julie and siblings Greg (Felicia), Rob (Andee), Jen (Charlie) and Ryan, along with many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father Scott.

    For those friends and family who would like to pay their condolences, a viewing will be held on Wednesday, February 10 from 6-8 p.m. at Larkin Sunset Gardens, 1950 East Dimple Dell Road (10600 South) in Sandy, Utah. Funeral services for immediate family will be held on February 11 at 11 a.m. with viewing for those attending beginning at 9:30 a.m. at the mortuary. Due to Covid-19 procedures, gatherings in the mortuary will be limited in size, as well as social distancing and the wearing of masks will be required.


    We were all very saddened to hear of Nate's passing! He was always so upbeat, helpful, and smiling! We will truly miss his smile! Our heart felt condolences to all his family and friends!

    - Scott Brown
    Julie & Family, We are deeply sorry to hear about the passing of Nathan. The funeral services were so touching and beautiful. We loved hearing all the stories and the music was beautiful! Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers - may loving memories carry you through the next days, weeks, & months and may you feel the Lord's arms around you as well as Nathan nearby! All our love, LaVon & Glenn Taylor

    - LaVon Taylor
    I haven’t been close friends with Nate since highschool but, he will forever in my heart feel like a family. I’ll never forget his sense of humor and what a loyal friend he was. We had so many great memories together, so many adventures with the Mount Vernon crew..some of the funnest times in my life! I’m so grateful to have known him. Sending love and support to his family at this time💖I’m sure he hasn’t left your side.💫✨✨

    - Ashlee Southworth
    The funeral service was uplifting and honoring. It was nice to hear from each of you siblings, the love and memories shared! Julie the song you played was a tribute to Nathan that I’m sure he smiled at. Love to you all❤️💕

    - Patti Van Aarle
    Dear Dana, we are so sorry for your loss. We've loved you and Nate, ever since we met you both back in the Mount Vernon days. Please don't hesitate to reach out to us if we can help in any way we would be happy to whatever you need.

    - Steve & Julie Smith
    Wishing you all the best. My heart goes out to you and your families. Ben and Whitney Rich

    - Ben Rich
    I am so sorry for your loss. Nate was a work colleague whom I loved working and interacting with, he was always so incredibly kind and willing to help. He will be missed. God bless you.

    - Brent
    My dear McDonald family. Words cannot express how sorry I am for the loss of Nate. I was such a gift to our family to have the McDonald family as our neighbors and friends. I cherish every moment I spent with your family. You are so dear to us. I am sending a huge virtual hug from me and the Brown family. Scott and Nate are now together in the Heavens. Please take one day at a time and move through this very difficult trauma. Please reach out to me at any time. My phone is 801-557-0779. I love each one of you!

    - Colleen Brown
    Dear Julie and family, I was so saddened to hear of Nate's passing. He was such a fun, vibrant, energetic boy who grew into a wonderful man and father. My heart goes out to you all at this time. Know that there are many of us mourning with you and that we love and support you during this time and always.

    - Cami Purtschert
    So sad to hear of Nates passing as he had so much potential. I only worked with him for a short time, but I always thought highly of him. He will be missed. Rest In Peace my friend.

    - Bob Chauza