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In Memory of

Nathan Michael Desjardins

June 12, 1996 - June 6, 2017

Obituary


Nathan Desjardins, 20

Albion - Nathan Michael Desjardins, 20, of Albion died on Tuesday, June 6, 2017 at Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston as a result of injuries sustained in a search and rescue operation while working for the Fryeburg Police Department who were assisting the Maine Warden Service. Nate was born on June 12, 1996 in Waterville, the second son of Nicole (Proulx) Desjardins and Brian Desjardins.

Nate was educated in local schools, enjoyed soccer and graduated with academic honors from Lawrence High School, Class of 2014. During his sophomore...

Nathan Desjardins, 20

Albion - Nathan Michael Desjardins, 20, of Albion died on Tuesday, June 6, 2017 at Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston as a result of injuries sustained in a search and rescue operation while working for the Fryeburg Police Department who were assisting the Maine Warden Service. Nate was born on June 12, 1996 in Waterville, the second son of Nicole (Proulx) Desjardins and Brian Desjardins.

Nate was educated in local schools, enjoyed soccer and graduated with academic honors from Lawrence High School, Class of 2014. During his sophomore year in college, he pursued his dream of studying abroad, and was fortunate enough to spend a semester in Seville, Spain where he fell in love with the people and the culture, and where he also continued to learn how to play the violin, which he continued to teach himself when he returned to Maine.

Nate enjoyed many styles of music, with country being his favorite, and he was ecstatic that he was able to recently attend his favorite country music artist's (Josh Turner) concert with one of his best friends. He pursued employment opportunities which would enhance his passion for learning and serving the public through roles as an EMT and Reserve Police Officer, while using the money earned to pay for his college education.

He had completed his third year at the University of New England, School of Nursing, and had a clear vision of using his education to better his contribution to police departments, EMT service or any agency called upon to assist others in time of need. Nate always spoke highly of his friends at UNE, the excellent caliber of his professors and continued to thrive and excel academically.

Nate enjoyed the outdoors, be it skiing, fishing or kayaking. His hike up Mount Katahdin gave him a love of hiking and was in keeping with his decision to live a healthy life style, exercise on a regular basis at a gym and becoming a decent cook with a wide range of tasty dishes to whip up.

He was a focused individual who wanted to make a difference in this world by contributing whatever he could, wherever he could, whenever he could. His was to be a selfless life with a relationship with God foremost; others second and himself third; such was his compassion. Even in death he gave of himself as an organ donor so others could enjoy life a little better.

Nate is survived by his parents; his brother Ross Desjardins; his grandmother Susan Proulx; as well as a very large extended family and circle of friends. Please visit www.veilleuxfuneralhome.com to view a video collage of Nate's life and to share condolences, memories and tributes with his family.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, June 17 at 9:00 am at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 72 Pleasant Street, Waterville. A celebration of Nate's life will follow from 10:30 m to 12 noon at Notre Dame Catholic Church Hall, 110 Silver Street, Waterville.

A tribute to Nate will be held on Friday at 10:00 am at the Augusta Civic Center, 76 Community Drive, Augusta, ME 04330.

In keeping with Nate's love of education and especially UNE, please consider making a memorial gift in his name to: University of New England, 716 Stevens Avenue, Portland, ME 04103.

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The following was presented by Brian Desjardins in honor of his son at the Law Enforcement Tribute held on June 16, 2017 at the Augusta Civic Center:

NATHAN

At the age of 19, Nathan decided he wanted to be in law enforcement. He had often asked us about the good, bad, and the ugly of such a profession, and since his mother and I had insight having both been police officers ourselves, gave him our honest opinions.

Unsponsored, under the age of 21, and with waiver for college credits earned, Nathan Completed the requirements of the "Maine Criminal Justice Academy" and was awarded "Part Time Law Enforcement Certification". His biggest moment was when he was interviewed and hired as a reserve police officer for the town of Fryeburg. This was a proud moment for him and for us as well.


Nathan's direction was clear. He was going to be a Police Officer because "he wanted to make a difference", He printed out the "Law Enforcement Code of Ethics" believing it was well written and concise in his belief. This along with being an EMT and future Registered Nurse was going to give him well rounded skills as a "first responder".

We would like to thank:

Kennebec County Sheriff - for the safe escort from our Home to the Interstate.
Maine State Police - for the safe escort from the Interstate to CMMC Hospital.
Fryeburg Police department - for giving Nathan the opportunity to serve on your Police Department. He talked often of the family he had become a part of, and loved every moment he spent with each one of you. He spoke of you often.
Lewiston Police Department - Coordination for lodging and food service donations from local businesses during or our stay at CMMC.
To all other Police Departments - that expressed condolences and thoughts and prayers we thank you.
To all Staff at CMMC Hospital- that gave care to Nathan, your professionalism and quality of care is "second to none".

To all our Work friends.
To all that have contributed monetary donations
To all that gave us spiritual guidance and comfort during our time of need.

To our son, Nathan, Our Police brothers/sisters, DELTA EMT Family, we would like to "Thank You For Your Service".
To our extended Family and friends, we thank you all for thoughts and prayers.
To Nathan's friends both close and far, we thank you for giving us beautiful memories of Nathan that you have shared with us.
To all Law Enforcement here today and Law Enforcement everywhere, that have known a fallen hero, know that they will never be forgotten, and will always be with us in spirit.

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The following was presented by Ross Desjardins at his brother Mass of Christian Burial at Sacred Heart Catholic Church on Saturday June 17, 2017:

Nates Sendoff


As many of you know, Nate was an outstanding individual. He was a Son, grandson, cousin, nephew, valued friend, and most important to me, he was my brother. He was the epitome of a young man. At the young age of only 20, he was able to accomplish more than some may take a lifetime. His whole life, Nate was dedicated to serving others. From starting as an EMT, Nate was able to help many people. I was very proud of Nate, for this adventure of his. Nathans next mission was to join the police department. Yet another way Nate was able to do good for others. To this point in time I cannot imagine a better person for such complicated positions. All this while he was going to nursing school, which for all of you who may not know, is not easy.

If anyone is as broken from the loss of such an amazing person as I am, I assure you there is a reason for everything that happens on this earth, good or bad. We may or may not see the light in such a dark time, but I assure you, there is light. In times like these we need to believe in the greater plan. We have all heard that the good die young. Not knowing the plan, it may be hard for us to understand why. I may not have all of the answers, only another example of such an incredible young man taken from us too early.

Aside from the huge amount of support from friends and family, I gather a majority of my strength from God. I can't stop thinking about all of the prayers the big man upstairs has received on Nathans behalf. Many, including myself, prayed for a miracle, which of all people on this earth, Nathan was deserving of. We did not receive the miracle we asked for, however our prayers did not fall on deaf ears. I'd like to believe God heard each and every one which only strengthened his decision to grant Nathan access to eternal life.

As the events of the past week may be difficult to grasp, please do not let it shield you from the many positive memories of Nate. I could be up here in front of you all for the rest of the day and not even scratch the surface of the reasons Nate was a valued member of my family, and a valued member of the community.

For some, you may only know Nathan from the stories of his great accomplishments and incredible potential. If you have heard stories like this, I can tell you, they are most likely 100 percent accurate. With information like this, one can only imagine the void that is now left to be filled. This void is too great for me alone to overcome.

Help me fill this void. Keep strong and do great things not only to serve you, but to serve others. Lift someone up when they are down. Continue every day with a positive mindset, and never shy away from a random act of kindness. Even being my younger brother, Nathan has always been someone that I have looked up to, and will be forever. It is important for me to somehow continue doing great things on earth, while he watches from above. And for anyone of you in the audience today that feel the same way; we have some work to do, make it happen.

Thank You.

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The following Scripture passages were discovered in Nate's Bible after he had passed by his Mom, Nicole. They provided great comfort for her and shares those verses now. The photographs of the verses are included at the end of the video.

Eternal Life: What is Required for Eternal Life - John 3:15,16


John 3:17 - For God did not send his son into the world to condemn, but that the world through Him might be saved.


John 3:18 - He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.


Mark 2:17 - When Jesus heard it, He said to them, "Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance."


Matthew 11:28 - "Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest."


Matthew 12:18 - "Behold my Servant whom I have chosen, My Beloved in whom My soul is well pleased! I will put My Spirit upon Him and He will declare justice to the Gentiles."


Matthew 6:33 - "But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you."