Nathan C. King

Apr 24, 2014
Nathan C. King

Thomaston — Nathan Clifford King, 80, passed away peacefully with family at his side April 22, 2014, in Augusta at the Maine Veterans' Home.

He was born Jan. 27, 1934, in Ellsworth, the youngest of five children to Robert Parsons and Eleanor Brewer King. In 1952, he graduated from Bar Harbor High School where he lettered in four sports: football, basketball, baseball and track. He entered Farmington State Teachers College in 1952 and graduated in 1958 with a Bachelor of Science in Education after having served two years in the United States Army (1954-1956). In 1972 he earned a Master of Education from the University of Maine.

He married Mary Lee Johnston Nov. 2, 1957, and they moved to Thomaston in 1958 where he accepted his first teaching position at Thomaston High School. For more than 30 years he remained employed in the Thomaston school system, most of those years as the principal of the Thomaston Grammar School. He was the first boys varsity basketball coach at Georges Valley High School. As an educator, principal and coach, he had the opportunity to impact many students' lives, and had a particular gift for connecting with students and encouraging them to get the most out of school. He umpired for many years as a member of the Knox-Lincoln-Waldo Umpires Association and also managed the Adult Education Program in MSAD 50 for a number of years.

He was well-known for his sense of humor and good nature, and enjoyed spending time with family and friends. His interests included fishing, sports, harness racing and cribbage. Favorite locations were any fishing hole, particularly West Branch Pond, and trips to Colorado and Florida.

He is predeceased by his wife of 34 years who passed away in 1992. He is survived by three sons: N. Michael and his wife Tamara of Thomaston; Steven and his wife Catherine of Colorado Springs, Colo.; and Timothy and his wife Elizabeth of Gorham; two daughters: Kristi Eiane and her husband Loren of Harpswell; and Karyn Deane and her husband David of Warren; and 10 grandchildren: Andrew and Samuel King; Jeffrey, Jennifer and Stephanie King; Erik and Kelsi Eiane; and Whitney, Kyle and Brady King. He is also survived by his sister Nancy Stover and her husband Don of Winthrop, many nieces and nephews, and special friend Marion Roy of Rockland.

Visiting hours will be held Saturday, April 26, from 6 to 8 p.m., at the Hall Funeral Home, 78 Main St., Thomaston. A memorial service and celebration of life will be held Sunday, April 27, at 2 p.m. at the Thomaston Academy Gymnasium, 60 Main St., Thomaston. A graveside service will be held Tuesday, April 29, at 1 p.m. at the Maine Veterans' Memorial Cemetery, off Civic Center Drive, in Augusta.

The last five years of his life were spent at the Maine Veterans' Home in Augusta where he received outstanding care from the caregivers in Company B. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to: Maine Veterans' Home, “Company B”, 310 Cony Road, Augusta, ME 04330.

Comments (9)
Posted by: James D Millay | Apr 27, 2014 08:06

Deepest sympathies to the king family!!



Posted by: Douglas Mervin Haraden | Apr 26, 2014 23:12

Mr King made an impact on many of our lives.He was one of those special teachers in the lives of the students from Georges Valley.He will be missed by us all.Mr King R.I.P.

 

 



Posted by: Kathleen D Daley | Apr 26, 2014 10:06

Truly one of the very best teachers I have ever had. Nate not only had the gift of teaching, but he was both tough, kind and caring. He is missed.



Posted by: PAMELA STONE | Apr 25, 2014 20:18

I worked as a secretary for Nate at the old and new grammar schools for almost 10 years.  He was one of the most caring and forgiving people I have ever known. Nate was first and foremost deeply proud of his family. His students, teachers and

community were very  important to him. I feel that he made a very positive impact on my life and on the lives  of all that were fortunate to have had the opportunity

to have met him.

 

PamStone 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

in all ofthelives that were fortunate



Posted by: Darryl S Leavitt | Apr 25, 2014 16:27

Many memories of my 4 years with the  COACH  My sympathy to the family



Posted by: James Melvin | Apr 24, 2014 21:10

God bless you Coach

Jim Melvin



Posted by: Jim Smith | Apr 24, 2014 20:53

Nate was a  wonderful person.Had a lot of fun with him and Mary Lee many years ago. Nate R.I.P.



Posted by: ricky a harlow | Apr 24, 2014 19:47

Deepest Sympathy to the King Family.



Posted by: Shirley Tabbutt | Apr 24, 2014 16:32

He will be missed by many.



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