Nathan Jens Rasmussen

Nathan Jens Rasmussen

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Name: Nathan Jens Rasmussen
Age: 21
Location: 
Santa Clara, Utah
Lost The Battle: March 16, 2022

ABOUT ME:

Santa Clara, Utah – Nathan Jens Rasmussen passed away on March 16, 2022, in Phnom Penh, Cambodia from an accidental overdose at age 21. He was doing what he loved the most – traveling. He was excited to start a four-week TEFL course and then teach English to Cambodian students.Nathan was born on February 10, 2001, in Phoenix, Arizona. He lived most of his life in Santa Clara, Utah. The two things that most defined him were his sense of adventure and his sense of humor. Reading his baby journal, Nathan’s first word was “go”. That wandering spirit got him into a lot of trouble but also carried him on many adventures. He was also hilarious as a kid and said the funniest things. He kept his sense of humor his whole life and loved joking around. He was close to his siblings, Hannah, Elisabeth, Zachary, and Sophie. They formed their own Christmas tradition which his parents didn’t find out about for several years. When they were sent to bed on Christmas Eve, they would gather together and do their own Christmas party and exchange small gifts with each other.Nathan loved his mom so much. Rebecca spent countless hours helping him with his struggles in school, participating with him as a volunteer on the mountain bike team, and being there for him to talk to.Nathan loved animals. Hermit crabs, fish, pet rats, dogs, and cats, he loved them all. Nathan stayed with his Uncle Lee and Aunt Julie in California for about a month when he was 13 years old. Aunt Julie’s cat had a litter of kittens and one of the kittens had a cleft lip and had a hard time eating. Nathan hand-fed the kitten the whole time he was there and brought the kitten home much to his father’s chagrin. He called the family cat and dog his ‘babies’. He always joked that he was going to catch rabies because he would pet all the stray cats and dogs that he met on his travels.He also loved people and was kind to others. One time during a high school mountain bike race he stopped to help another racer to fix their bike rather than focusing on his race. His friends were also very important to him. He enjoyed being with his friends and having fun with them. The initial Covid shutdown was extremely hard for him. He was at school in the Netherlands at the time and being stuck in a studio apartment by himself, not being able to socialize with friends or go to school hurt his mental health. He was happiest when he was with friends and/or traveling.He loved old things. He loved vintage cars, watches, history, and architecture. When he was little, he was obsessed with his Grandpa Tatum’s 1934 yellow pickup truck. He was working on getting a 1968 Ford Mustang into working order and had just finished dropping the engine in. He loved going to car shows and car museums. He was also a foodie and enjoyed all types of local food everywhere he traveled, especially middle eastern food. He showed off his fried cricket eating abilities to his mother during a video call, who couldn’t watch and had to close her eyes.Nathan loved traveling the world. He backpacked, staying in hostels across most of Europe, the Balkans, Turkey, Israel, Jordan, Egypt, Morocco, Madagascar, South Africa, Mexico, Belize, Costa Rica, Peru, Cambodia, and even Iraq. His dream was to have his own travel company that would focus on unusual locations. He had so many dreams and adventures that he wanted to do.Starting at age 16, drugs became a problem in his life. He lost interest and motivation in many of the things he had loved such as mountain biking. He started to struggle with depression. His life seemed to be a lot harder from that point on.Nathan is survived by his father, Scott Rasmussen and mother, Rebecca Rasmussen; siblings: Hannah Rasmussen, Elisabeth Rasmussen, Zachary Rasmussen, and Sophie Rasmussen; grandparents: Eloise Rasmussen, Stephen Tatum, and Carol Tatum; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Jewell Rasmussen.Our beautiful boy, our precious son, we love you so much. So full of regrets. So full of hope. So full of love for you. We’ll see you in the next life when we can hold you again. To all of his family and friends, may God bless you and comfort you. Hug those you love and may God bless your lives in every way.A visitation will be held Sunday, April 10, 2022, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Metcalf Mortuary, 288 West St. George Blvd., St. George, Utah.Funeral services will be held Monday, April 11, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. at Metcalf Mortuary Chapel. Interment will be in the Santa Clara City Cemetery, 1950 Ancestor Way, Santa Clara, Utah.Live streaming webcast will be available. Please revisit our website for a link.To plant Memorial Trees in memory of Nathan Jens Rasmussen, please click here to visit our Sympathy Store.Published by Metcalf Mortuary – St. George on Apr. 2, 2022.