When I was setting up this site for the Marquez family, I asked
his mother to write down some thoughts about him. I
was touched by how strongly she felt about him and how much I
know she loves him. I wanted others to be able to feel this way
about him, and get to know him they way his family knew him. This
is a copy of what she wrote to me:
was very passionate about justice. He was very spiritual, he was
loyal to his family and his friends. He accepted them unconditionally.
He was very forgiving and if any of these people did something
to him he was very forgiving. He had an incredible perceptual
ability, and could see through people. He understood what caused
thenm to do the things they did. That is why he was impatient
with some people, yet extremely charitable toward others.
helped anyone in need no matter what their circumstance. He has
always been there for anyone that needed his help, no matter what
wrong they may have caused in any part of their lives.
has said since he was ten years old, that he knew why he was to
come to this earth. He said he was sent here to cause certain
people to have better lives. This has happened.
was an electronics and mechanical genius. He could invent anything
with a knowledge of electricity that he knew without having to
be taught. He was a master at woodworking. A real perfectionist!
He could invent and loved working with model airplanes from his
was also a talented sculptor. He formed beautful works of art
from lumps or blocks of clay. In their words; He was beyond what
his art instructors could teach him.
suffered tremendously with being bipolar, and with dyslexia. It
was difficult to be one of the brightest students in a class,
yet be put in the lowest level in an academic group because spelling
and writing were so difficult. It was also pure abuse to go without
sleep for days and days in a hyper mode and have no control over
what has overtaken your body. He handled himself and his afflictions
with all he could muster. These afflictions only made him more
understanding for others who suffered injustices too.
has not stopped being in tune with the needs of others just because
he has passed form this mortal estate. There are people who have
come to me to tell me of his help with problems even a year and
a half after his passing. I am one of those people, and I can
not deny what he has done for me more than a few times since he
has left us.
loved music. Pink Floyd, U2, the old late 50's intrumentals, Moby,
the beatles, and more. All kinds of music. There were no catagories
of music for which he could be defined. Like having a love for
all kinds of humanity, so was he love for music. His favorite
movies were October Sky, and Stand By Me, His favorite TV shows
were The Wonder Years, That robot battle show where the contestant
had to build his own robot to battle the opponent. And most of
all - Junk Yard wars. He also watched the do it yourself home
improvemnt shows. Those shows were his brain candy. He could veg
out getting into those.
favorite color was green. He liked what he called "clean
green" The one green that would be in the 5 lifesaver flavors,
or that one crayola crayon in the box of eight that was called
to dress up. He had baggies and cut off khaki's but he also enjoyed
wearing a suit. He ws extremely good looking. He always took really
good care of himself.
a chick magnet. He could talk to a girl and help with what ever
their problem was because he was always concerned. This caused
whatever girl it happened to be, to have a mad crush on him.
a good handle on what was important. He wanted a special friend
for a wife. He wanted a family. He knew this was putting his priorites
would have been an extraordinary father.
camping and hiking. He was a natural outdoorsman. He knew how
to make use of the natural environment, and he knew how to take
care of it.
Place" is a large parcel of land within the Maryland departmant
of Natural Resources. Nathaniel found this land had been a dumping
ground for reckless, careless people. He organized the community
and huge reclamation project took place. Where there was dumped
junk of all kinds, there is now new growth of nature as it should
have been for ages. We were honored to be able to name this site
"Nathaniel's Place" shortly after his death. We go there
often and invite anyone who is willing to help keep the area litter
free to visit "Nathaniel's Place" too.