Nathaniel Chase Weston lived his life in a way that had a tendency to make you feel bad for the number of hours you spent binging Netflix on the weekends instead of teaching yourself guitar, mastering a martial art, or organizing a film festival. He was a man of many passions–art, film, music, martial arts, programming, self-improvement–and he threw himself into the mastery of his passions with fervent abandon. He was always striving to be better than the day before: a better programmer, a better guitarist, and a better human. Coming from a very dramatic family, Chase had a way of finding–and becoming–the calm in the middle of the storm. His presence was comforting and will be greatly missed.
As a child, Chase was precocious and a natural entertainer. He was friendly, eager, confident–even while wearing early-90's neon-green bike shorts–and entirely too trusting of strangers in sedans seeking help in locating lost pets. He trusted the world to be on his side more often than not, and he managed to retain this trait even after enduring childhood bullying. Chase was someone who cared more for the happiness, joy, and laughter of the people around him than he feared any potential embarrassment or rejection his hilarious antics may have earned him. His comedic inspirations were Jim Carrey, Chris Farley, and Adam Sandler. Our family spent many hours laughing at his renditions of scenes from Happy Gilmore, Tommy Boy, and Ace Ventura: Pet Detective.
Chase found peace playing guitar in his backyard to an audience of his dogs and chickens, hiking the trails of the Wasatch Mountain range, boating at Bear Lake on the Utah Idaho border, indulging in his wife Andrea's delicious baked goods and scrumptious meals, and practicing meditation. He was always mindful of the feelings of those around him, but the work he put into his meditative practice helped him to be mindful of his own feelings as well and to develop a greater sense of tranquility and self-acceptance than he’d known in his youth. The effect of his meditative work was evident in the grace and dignity with which he fought his battle with cancer–constantly reassuring those around him in his final days that, come what may, everything was going to be okay.
He has left in his wake: his wife, Andrea, and their dogs, Otto and Vladimir; his parents, Steve, and Kim; his brother, Dane, sister-in-law, Nattali, and nephews, Noah and Nicholas; his sister, Randi; his sister, Shayna, brother-in-law, Josh, and nephew, Noah; his sister, Breane, brother-in-law, Josh, niece, Payten, and nephews, Hayden, Cash, and Major; his father-in-law and mother-in-law Mont and Patricia; enough aunts, uncles, and cousins to marshal a small army and three-times as many friends on top of that.
In lieu of flowers, we ask that donations be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in memory of Chase. In order to prevent other families from losing a loved one to leukemia, we’d also encourage those who loved Chase to register for bone marrow donation at bethematch.org.
We'll love and miss you forever....
Andrea (and all), I am so sorry for your great loss. I am sending you love and wishes for peace at this difficult time.
Such a lovely tribute, I wish I could have known Chase better. Seeing what a great impact he had on his loved ones and the world, inspires me to be more like him and approach life as he did.
Andrea, families and friends we send our deepest condolences on the great loss of Chase. He was such a sweet guy and so funny too. We'll always remember the jam sessions in the backyard with him on guitar and the chickens sitting on it while he played. Much love and prayers to all.🥺💔
Chase was a good friend and a better man. I'm a better person for having known him. I worked with him at Optiv. He impressed me with his desire to "just do good" (that's really Big-G Good) - he was passionate about doing well, playing hard, and all while keeping it positive. One of my favorite memories of him was playing D&D at Optiv and him bringing his guitar and singing out his bard's spells - the guy LIVED LIFE. My condolences to Andrea and family, I miss the guy and I was just a friend and coworker. I'm so glad I got to know him.
You are one of the those special humans. You gave us so much -- So much meaning and spirit. We think about you daily.
You are deeply missed.