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    • Shannon Phil Jack and Ellie
    • Posted August 19, 2012 at 8:18 pm
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    Dear Annette, Cora, Thad, Maddie and the rest of the Avery clan,
    Our hearts are broken and we’re sharing your sadness. Our thoughts are with you. With Love, Shan, Phil, Jack and Ellie

    • Annette, Cora, Thad, Maddie, and the rest of the family. Our hearts ache for your sadness and loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
      Alyssa (Barrett’s sister) and Aaron Granquist

  1. Dear Annette, Cora, Thad, Maddie, and all. Our hearts go out to you and we are so saddened by this. Sending big hugs your way and know that our thoughts are with you. Much love, Sheila, Kerry, Heather and Ryan

  2. Annette, Cora, Thad and Maddie: Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We am so very sorry for your loss. May God keep and comfort you during this time and always. THe Nelson Family

  3. We are all crushed by your loss. Nate has been a fantastic model for me as a friend, father, husband, and doctor. We’re here to help in any way that we can.
    Love,
    Bill, Sarah, Ellen, Lauren, and Eliza

  4. Dear Annette, Cora, Thad, Maddie and family,
    Words cannot express adequately how sad we are to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Nate was such an amazing person and we feel fortunate to have known him. Our love to you. Please let us know if there is anything we can do. Love, Rob, Alice, Jack, Dan and Grant

    • Margot and Parke Steffensen
    • Posted August 20, 2012 at 7:12 am
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    Dear Annette, Cora, Thad, Maddie and family,
    We are so sorry. You and Nate are one of the kindest families I know. I hope with all my heart that you and the kids can get through this with the support from this town, that you and Nate have made it a better place.

  5. We are so sorry to hear about Dr. Nate He was such a good friend and Good Dr. Our love and prayers are with you. Jan Smith and Jim Smith.

    • Jack and Linda Newell
    • Posted August 20, 2012 at 5:07 pm
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    Dear Chuck, Chris, Maureen and Thad,
    Our entire family is in shock. Our hearts go out to each one of you and to Annette and their children. We have such fond memories of our two families while you all were growing up. It is hard to imagine such a tremendous loss.

  6. My heartfelt prayers n thoughts go out to the family. I worked with Nate at the hospital for the last 11 years. What a huge loss for all. He was an amazing man n physician.

    • Paul and Crysatl Simpson
    • Posted August 20, 2012 at 5:51 pm
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    Avery Family, You are in our constant prayers.

    Paul and Crystal Simpson

  7. Annette, I am so very sad and so very sorry to have heard of this tragedy. Nate was the kind of man that we should all strive to be…he will always have a place in my heart…as will you and your children.

    My wish for you and your family is peace and understanding and if there is anything I can ever do for you, please let me know. I really am at such a loss for anything more to say. My heart is with you and your kids and I am so sorry for your loss.

    All my love, Andy Wykstra

  8. Dear Annette and family. We are so sad to hear of your loss. We only met you and Nate once at Jodi and David’s wedding in 2001. But Nate had such an impact on us that we named our son after him. We remember you both fondly and our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  9. For those left on this Earth,
    I am praying for healing and comfort for you and your family during this most difficult time. Nate was an amazing man and this community will forever feel his loss. Praying for peace upon you all. Blessings.

  10. I want to express my sincere condolences to the family of Dr Nate Avery. What a wonderful man i had the honor of meeting, even i would have much rather it be under different circumstances. After my father had hit his head after passing out, a few weeks went by and he started showing these weird symptoms. After having a CT Scan of his brain he was air vac’d to FMC where he would have the pleasure of meeting this wonderful surgeon Dr Avery. What a great man. His bed side manor was amazing. Very calming to the family that was in a tragic state not knowing what was going on with our leader of the family. Dr Avery not only saved my dad’s life but showed us that there still are caring physicians out there. Thank you Dr Avery’s family for sharing him with everyone that came across his path. I will never forget when he walked into my dad’s room where we were waiting for his surgery after being delayed a few hours, to him saying that it was because he was at home restoring his mom’s old vehicle.
    Such a great man and surgeon.
    Emily Maples
    c/o Tom Serafini’s family.

    • chebets@npgcable.com
    • Posted August 21, 2012 at 7:52 am
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    To Maureen, Annette, Nat’s kids and brothers,
    We are so, so sorry. This is such a terrible loss of a great person. Our hearts and well wishes go out to all. I know Maureen has been such a gift to our family as Nat has been to so many in this community.
    Our love to you all,
    The Hebets Family

  11. I wish to extend my sincere sympathy to Dr. Avery’s wife and children.
    I have no personal connection with you, but as a 33 year resident of Northern Arizona, I am keenly aware of the tremendous and incalculable detriment to the community with the loss of your dear husband and father, Dr. Avery.
    May you find a measure of comfort and hope as time passes.
    Sincerely,
    Sandra Carusetta

    • William Weathersby
    • Posted August 21, 2012 at 10:05 am
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    Dear Annette, Cora, Thad, Maddie, and the rest of the family:
    My heart goes out to you as you go through this great loss. I had the privilege of getting to know Dr. Avery when he would come to Sedona for clinics. He would always have a riddle or a joke to start my day and would challenge me to stump him with a riddle. He was a lot fun to work with and even when stressed he never said a negative word to me or others. I will miss him.
    My prayers and thoughts go out for you all.
    Sincerely William Weathersby

    • Hester Gunther Stewart
    • Posted August 21, 2012 at 10:09 am
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    Dear Annette and Family –

    I am so, so sorry for your loss. Nate was such a remarkable person on so many levels and gave so much. Thank you both for the inspiration of giving back and reminding us of the importance of community. I hope we can return the generosity to you and your family. Sending you all lots of prayers and love.

    Best,
    Hester Gunther Stewart

    • Mark & Marlene Lacy
    • Posted August 21, 2012 at 11:08 am
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    Annette, Cora, Thad and Maddie

    We don’t know you but we knew the fine man who was your husband/father;the loss of whom we all mourn.
    Nate & I collaborated in many cases. He was always a gentleman, conscientious, kind, scholarly, dedicated and approachable. We all appreciated his demeanor & humor. We will miss him. You will miss him more. Even though it doesn’t make sense we pray for God’s grace to help you in your time of grief and for the days ahead.

    • Benny and Carol Bishop
    • Posted August 21, 2012 at 1:00 pm
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    Our hearts go out to all the Avery family in this time of sorrow.Even though we have been gone from Flaghi for some years now, the Avery familys impact on us and the school has left an impression which will never be forgotten. To Thad, Chris and Maureen and especially Nathans wife and children, may god bless you all and help you deal with your loss. YOU ARE NOT ALONE!

  12. My father and mother, Terry and Undine Rice, always thought of Nate and his family as part of our family. Whether he and his children were riding bikes by the house, or bringing over some homemade goods,or stopping by to see Mom and Dad if for no other reason but to tell another funny joke. As a family, we were always grateful for the Nate and his family. He had a special place in my parents hearts and I am so saddened to hear of his untimely passing. May God bless his wife, children,and his brothers and sister with a sense of strength to deal with their loss. Blessings

  13. Dear Dr. Charles (Chuck),
    I want to extend my greatest sympathy to you especially, and to Nathan’s family.
    As Bob and Sue Blaser’s daughter, Norma Fife, I wish to remind you so that you might understand my wish to write to you. My father and mother respected your work @ NAU’s School of Forestry (Dad worked for SW Forest Industries/Stone Container as VP in charge of Wood Procurement through 1981) and my mom liked and admired Nate first as a friend and secondly as a respected surgeon.
    I am only one of your son’s truly brief acquaintances at FMC, where he dropped by at my mother’s insistence for a “consultation” – she was suffering among other things, from sciatica and another collapsed disk. Sue died in Sept. 2010: she would be writing this to you if she were still alive.
    Your son’s family doesn’t know me, but please share with them that I, a small part of Flag’s community, am devastated for ALL Flagstaff and the surrounding community with the loss of your son, Dr. Nate.
    May God be with you and give you peace.

    • Leon and Gail Jadlowski
    • Posted August 21, 2012 at 5:03 pm
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    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May God Bless and Keep you.

    • Carl and Marlene DeRosa
    • Posted August 21, 2012 at 6:11 pm
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    The Avery family-
    We are so sorry to hear about Nate, and can’t imagine what a difficult time this must be for your entire family. We feel blessed to have known him. He will always be remembered as a dedicated physician and a caring human being.

  14. Dearest Avery Family,
    Your family is remarkable and incredibly loved.
    We wish to wrap our arms around your grief and send love and warmth in your darkness. We offer to you a promise of connection forever.
    Love, Stephanie Yard and Charlie Moody

  15. My heart goes out to Dr. Avery’s family and co-workers. Dr. Avery was the kindest, most caring, and best Dr. I’ve ever had in my 72 years. I’m grateful to have known him, and that I was able to see him last week. He will be greately missed by so many. Sandy Bass

  16. So sorry about your loss. He was a great Doctor. Bless all of you.

  17. So sorry about your loss. What a great Doctor. Bless you all
    The Cox’s

  18. So sorry about your loss. He was a great Doctor. Bless all of you.
    Richard & Jane Cox

    • Mark & Leslie Belsanti
    • Posted August 21, 2012 at 10:14 pm
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    Annette and family,

    We are devastated by your loss of Nate and think and pray for your comfort many times a day. May you all somehow find peace during this horrendous time in your lives.

    The Belsanti family

  19. Sorry to hear of this tragic loss, Nate was such a great roll model in many ways. Blessings to you in these times. May you find some comfort in the Love from the community.

    The Pantano family

  20. Annette & Family, I’ve never met Nate, but it is a small town & his loss is deeply felt in this community. Everyone who has met him, loved him. WE are so very sorry, Annette.
    The Andersons

  21. My heart breaks for Nate’s family. I am so grateful to have known him and learned so much from his skills as a doctor and the laughter of a friend. Thank you to his family for sacrificing so much of his time so he could heal. His patients loved him and it was so obvious to see him interact with them just how much he cared. FMC will not be the same without Nate’s light, but he will live on in everyone who had the honor of knowing him.
    Who will I get my American History lectures from now?

    Amy and Dave Millis

  22. Chris and Nancy. I am so terribly sorry for your loss. To lose such a cherished family member at a young age is so hard. I hope you’re able to find some strength in the memories of a man who obviously lead a good life. You and your family are in my prayers.
    Dave Deibel

  23. DONT GO…STAY
    DONT LEAVE NOW…
    STAY..
    STAY FOR ONE MORE TIME
    STAY FOR ONE MORE VISIT
    STAY TILL I TELL YOU HOW MUCH YOU ARE LOVED
    STAY TILL I SEE YOUR SMILE OF WELCOME
    STAY TILL WE SHARE MORE STORIES OF YOUR LIFE
    STAY TILL I SEE THE MIRACLES YOU DO.
    BUT..YOU MUST GO,
    YOUR CALL HAS COME.
    YOUR JOURNEY HERE IS DONE.
    MY NEEDS ASIDE,
    YOU MUST GO
    WHERE I CANNOT GO…
    AS YET
    BECAUSE LIFE HERE MUST BE DONE.
    BUT..DONT TRAVEL TOO FAST..
    GO SLOWLY..
    SO THAT I MAY REACH YOU ,
    AND WALK WITH YOU
    ON THE WAY TO THE SON.

  24. I didn’t get the opportunity to work with your beloved husband and loving father and I am still reeling at the thought of his all too soon call home to God. I am so very sorry for you (and his father, brothers and Maureen.) May you be held in Gods loving arms, love and tenderness and let Him carry you through this terrible loss.

  25. After having met Nate and his beautiful and wonderful family recently with David Stilley at the 1000 Islands, we are in shock by the recent announcement of his passing. What a wonderful person he was. We had hoped to include him and his family among us as friends in the future. Please accept our condolences for you tragic loss. David and Shirley Taylor

  26. I know from reading all these messages, that my admiration and impression of Dr. Avery is shared by everyone who knew him, both professionally and personally. Your husband (and dad)skillfully operated on my husband, who has had a full recovery from a spinal injury which could have left him permanently paralysed! We were assured from the first time Dr. Avery’s name was mentioned, that we were SO lucky to have the best neurosurgeon there is! The night my husband was flown to FMC, I was home franticly preparing to drive up there from Prescott when I got a call from Dr. Avery who calmly reassured me everything was going to be okay and told me to stay the night with my children because he “didn’t want anything to happen” to me on the way up to Flag. What a wonderful man, – my heart goes out to you Mrs. Avery, and to the children, just know that your dad will live on through you, and he will be with you always. God bless you all.

    • Barbara Quesenberry
    • Posted August 22, 2012 at 3:08 pm
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    Dr. Avery was not only my physician, but I also considered him a friend. He was that kind of person. He made everyone feel that they were important to him…that their case and their care mattered. He actually apologized for having to re-do someone else’s mistake! You just don’t find someone like that very often. I will miss him greatly and feel so sorry for our community as well as his family and friends that he will not be here with us any longer. We all need him and will all miss him so much! He was quite simply the greatest!

  27. Dear Annette,

    From the moment I heard, I literally cried out in pain for you and your family. My heart is simply broken for you. We are devastated by the loss of such a wonderful and kind person.
    We’ve all been touched by him and my boys have never forgotten the ride in his “big army jeep” on July 4th.
    We’ll continue to send our prayers, love and support.

    Jeff, Angela, Josh and Jake Creedon

  28. Annette & Avery Clan,
    No words can express the magnitude of this loss to you and the Northern AZ community. My thoughts and support are with you. Nate was an amazing man. It has been my privilege to know him as a surgeon, colleague, friend and human being. He is the man that we all strive to be. His presence and influence made all aroung him better. He will be sorely missed at FMC, and throughout our community. His loss will reverberate through the region for years. I know it takes time to sort through the loss of such a wonderful loved one. I know you have an extended family and group of friends for support. That support extends deep and far. Please do not hesitate to call on me for anything. Love ya! Tim Bonatus

  29. My heart is heavy and sad for Nates family….I was his peer in the class of 1994 at the U of A medical school….lost touch but he was so bright and so sweet….my prayers go out to you….jennifer

    • Gibby Siemion & Justin Salamon
    • Posted August 22, 2012 at 7:33 pm
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    Annette, Cora, Thad and Maddie,
    I’m so, so sorry. Please know that each of you are in my heart and thoughts as you process this unimaginable event. I cherish the experiences that we all shared on our recent trip. Justin and I are out here supporting you all and available for anything that’s needed.
    Gibby

  30. Dear Annette,Cora, Thad,Maddie, Mo, Blake, Adri, Gracie, brutha Chris, Nancy, Summer, Tanner, brutha Thad,Laura, and baby Laura and Pops,
    I hope I didn’t leave anyone out, because I think it extremely important for you all to know the magic of Nate that has already begun to work in amazing, mysterious and beautiful ways…I’ve known Nate for about 12 years, and been blessed to be both a friend and a colleague. I want you to know of the outpouring of love that has come to all of us as a result of having been touched by Nate…I have gotten text messages from colleagues and mutual friends, as well as having sent them,each of us just checking in with one another to see how we are faring in the wake of this devastating loss…Never in my life have I told or been told by so many friends and colleagues that we love each other…in the hours and days after Nate’s death, we are all acutely more aware of our powerful connection to one another…of our desire to keep each other close, of our longing to connect on a deeper, more meaningful level…and the beauty of it is, not only are we AWARE of that longing, but we are beginning to EMBODY it…I have spoken to so many friends, medical and otherwise, and signed off by telling them that I love them, that I am glad to have them in my life, and have been given the same message of abiding friendship and caring. Who but Nate Avery, Rocket Surgeon extraordinaire, promising Boatman gone astray into the dark allure of neurosurgery, could bust so many people’s hearts wide open, prompting them to come out from their masks and defenses so that they can begin to love one another just a tiny bit more? His love truly continues, and is growing exponentially every time one of us tells one more person we’ve never told that we love them. Thanks, buddy, for bringing me into your circle. I love you, too.

      • karen & Michael Pasich
      • Posted September 11, 2012 at 8:39 pm
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      Bravo**** ……………. as i read each and every night. al of the soul’s exoressions from the depths of thier hearts and souls. and cry all over again!!! allowing the Gift of gifts that our lives have been touched moved saved in ways beyond words…. as the result of the very Blessing of meeting kmowing being the recipient of Dr. Nathan Avery’s brillance honorabliity sincerity humor myrth. kindness strength . Dear God Almight***………… lift this extrodinary soul into the light of light*** in your Holy Spirit of Love***……… let his Spirit his Beautiful spirit soar free and lifted on your eternal love*** Bless his cherished Beautiful family feel his loving presence and protection throughout thier lives***. heal them heal us all………. for we ache in the heartbreaking reality that we can no longer interact with our Beloved DR. and Friend. inthe physcial. your expressions have moved me to cry again ……….. and to relate to how beautifully you expressed yourself. God bless you with gentle healing xoxo love karen Pasich xoxoxo

    • Marilyn Rodrigues
    • Posted August 22, 2012 at 10:04 pm
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    I heard of Dr. Avery’s passing on the radio. I was so shocked, I had to pull my car over and digest what I heard. I met Dr. Avery 6 years ago. He was brave enough to fix the mess other surgeon’s had done on my Harrington rod. I could barely walk. Dr. Avery took on the challenge and I walk and swim now. I remember him bringing his little daughter on rounds at the hospital. He always had time to chat with me and my husband on office visits, sharing a joke or comparing notes on where to find fossils. I am so deeply sad for his family who he always talked about with love in his heart. Humanity lost a wonderful man and we will miss him.

    • Sheryl Dailey RN & Debby Honer RN
    • Posted August 23, 2012 at 6:55 pm
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    To those who knew and loved Nathan,
    We worked with Nathan when he was a Resident at the University of Kentucky. He was all we wanted in a neurosurgery Resident. He was tall, good looking, smart, witty, and charming. No one could resist his unassuming personality. He respected the nurses. He respected his patients and their families. We loved when he rounded and when he was on call. We frequently reminisce about “fun episodes” involving Nathan. We have lost an outstanding neurosurgeon. He will always be at the top of our list of favorite Residents.

  31. Dr. Avery was one of the few surgeons who would travel hundreds of miles to see patients (like me) in Page. He was kind and friendly and made me laugh. I could tell he cared. He was going to operate on me in the future when I needed it. I would have trusted him with my life. I just can’t believe he’s walked on. May his journey be blessed and my prayers go out to his loved ones.

    • Nathan and Anne Benson
    • Posted August 23, 2012 at 8:57 pm
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    So very very sorry for your loss. I thought Nate would make a great doctor when I interviewed him for medical school many years ago and certainly this was confirmed many times over. I truly appreciated the excellent care he gave Anne and I with our neurosurgical problems.

    • Terri and Kaitlynn Craig
    • Posted August 24, 2012 at 9:15 am
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    Kaitlynn and I were so very sorry to hear about Nate and still are in disbelief that his time here was so short. I hope you know that your family are in our thoughts and we are sending big hugs to all. Nate left footprints on this community that can never be filled again. It was a privilege to know him. We know he lived life to the fullest and hope that we can all honor him by being grateful each day for the life we have, the friends we cherish and the family who make it all worth being on this earth for.

    Love, Terri and Kaitlynn Craig

  32. Dear Avery Family,

    I was so sadden when I picked up the Daily Sun newspaper Monday to reach the article of the death of Dr.Avery. Dr.Avery was a great surgeon/friend and he will be truely missed. May God continue to bless each of you and know he is watching over you and is one of Gods angels now.

  33. My heart breaks at the loss of this wonderful man. A year ago, he eliminated 3 years of pain in my back, with his skilled surgical hands as well as his warmth and spirit. My deepest condolences to his family. Thank you for sharing Nate with all of us.

    • Jim, Tina, Adam, Elise & Alina Skrocki
    • Posted August 24, 2012 at 4:01 pm
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    Dear Annette, Cora, Thad, Maddie,

    Words cannot express the sadness and emptiness we feel for all of you and for the entire community of Flagstaff. Please know you will always be in our thoughts and Nate will never be forgotten.

    Blessings to you all.

    • Amy & Pete Stilley
    • Posted August 24, 2012 at 5:10 pm
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    Annette, Cora, Thad & Maddie,

    Our thoughts and prayers have been deeply embedded with you this week, and will continue. Nate was an amazing, kind, thoughtful and witty person; who was never too busy to lend a hand or gentle word. We will always remember him. When no sense can be made of the situation, we pray for peace and comfort for you. Pete, Amy, Erik, Rose & Kristy

  34. My heart is broken for the Avery family. I had the pleasure of driving a school bus during the Averys’ younger years on which all of the Avery children rode. What a special family. In later years it was necessary for me to have some surgery, and Nate was the surgeon. He was amazing as a surgeon and as a person. I feel privileged to have known him as a young man and as an adult. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of the Avery family. He was a treasure and will be greatly missed.

  35. Dear Avery Family,

    My heart goes out to you for your loss. Nate touched many lives. The community grieves with you.
    With deepest sympathy, Karen Pugliesi

    • Shirley Tippetts Haynes
    • Posted August 25, 2012 at 7:40 am
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    Just a sweet reminder to all of us who who share this tremendous loss…
    As we cry bitter tears…there is a grand reunion and tears of JOY in Paradise! We will all see Dr. Nathan Avery again! Aunt Shirley

  36. Jakey wanted me to tell you that the pain will go away a little more each day; it will never leave you because Nate was so special, but one day you will be able to think about him and feel his love hug you in warmth & tenderness rather than sadness and loss. It Is better to have loved & lost than never feel loved

  37. I just want to say thank you. Thank you for sharing Nate with the world. He reminded me of what it meant to be authentic. I am a better person for having had him touch my life for even a brief period of time. So blessed for having known him. Thank you.

  38. My first meeting with Dr. Avery: Upon learning that my 83-year-old father was the second person in my family he would perform surgery on, he said with a smirk “We don’t offer family discounts!” We all burst out laughing. What a breath of fresh air! He was a brain surgeon … but he was one of us. I cried hard over the passing of this man I only met a handful of times. Dr. Avery fixed my little grand-nephew and he fixed my father. And through it all, he made us feel special. He made all of us laugh, especially when he would try to pronounce my nickname. Each time he saw me, or if we spoke on the phone, he’d try it again until he’d get it. His eyes had light, his heart had laughter and his hands were gifted. It’s not often that we get to be in the presence of a person so exceptional and who touched so many lives, but I am honored to have known Dr. Avery, even if for such a brief time. He may not be in the physical with us now, but I do believe he’s still “fixing” people. I will never be a brain surgeon, but his legacy will be that I try to be a positive influence to others, even if it’s just to make them smile. Thank you from the bottom of my heart, Dr. Avery, for everything you did for my family. Dad just turned 84 and is doing great. Lucca just turned 2 and is fabulous. My love and prayers go out to your wife and your children.

    Bienchen and the whole family!

    • Russ & Bonnie Radden
    • Posted August 26, 2012 at 2:33 pm
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    We both know the pain and void of losing a loved one suddenly and without apparent reason. We barely knew Nate but know he was a special gift to this world. Our prayers and thoughts go out to his family, father and the families of his brothers and sister. We know he will be greatly missed but his legacy will be endless.

    • Jim and Nadine Yeagfer
    • Posted August 28, 2012 at 3:10 pm
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    We did not know Dr Avery very well as we had just met him for a pre surgery. Visit,but we felt the love he had for his patients and we
    knew we could trust his findings and his recommendations. My husband was a POW in Korea-a survivor of three massacres and he does not trust
    many people-but he did trust Dr. very and we both were very upset when
    we heard the news. The world has lost a great man and Doctor and all
    of your family are in our prayers. God be with all of you.

  39. Dear Annette and Family,

    I was so saddened to hear of Nate,s passing. It is so hard to believe that he has gone. I will always remember him as a brilliant and compassionate surgeon who embodied ideals that we all strive for.

    I am so sorry for your loss.

    Donald Huang

  40. Only today I heard of this tragedy, and I am so sorry to hear of it. In January 2010 I took my family up to Flagstaff from Phoenix to have fun in the snow. Fun turned to tragedy as I suffered a compression fracture at T12 and a ruptured disk. Away from home and friends with extreme pain, and given the news my back was broken, understandably we were filled with no little concern and fear of what the future held. Dr. Avery’s kind and gentle manner and dry humor did more than settle us. I developed complications after his surgery, and he came by every day and dried my wife’s eyes. He became more than our Dr. We were so thankful for him. He was God’s gift to us. If someone so kind could touch the lives of strangers, what must he have been like for family and friends! Our condolences go out to his family especially and to all his many friends.

    • ron & Giovina Huffman
    • Posted October 2, 2012 at 4:53 pm
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    Mrs Avery and the Kids: We are so shocked and sadened after learning of the loss of this wonderful man and professional surgeon. My wife and I both had back surgery pereformed by Nate, with great success, I ight add. Today on 10-2-2012, we learned though a friend of his passing. There are no words to express how deeply greatfull we both were of having known Nate, and to hear of his pass is the biggest shock of our lives. Mrs avery please know that he was a great professional and a wonderful friend to us. With sympathy…Ron/Giovina Huffman, Payson, Az 10-02-2012

  41. To Dr. Avery’s family, Even today I thought of you and wondered and prayed for your family. I can’t even imagine their loss and pain. I do know first hand that the medical community has suffered a terrible loss. You saved my life and I will never forget you. and because of you doing a 6 disc back fusion and 4 disc neck fusion, I suffer less. and I really am sad that I do not have you to turn to in need. I have had many surgeries over 12 yrs. but you put me back together like no one else could. You helped me and my husband when I was in crisis. You freely gave me some insight to my pain and suffering and helped me understand my condition better. I remeber you once told me “even my hair probally hurt!!” LOL. and I know my last surgery you returned to the hospital to sewe me because you had a funny feeling. and I had a blood clot in my neck and you immediatly took me to surgery again that night and pulled me back from death. You had already operated earlier that day for like 5 hours on just me and I know you had several others. I just wanted to express my gratitude for you being their all day and all night. When I woke the 2nd time, you were holding my hand. and you held my hand when I had to get the IV in my neck becuse of no veins. you were truly an amazing dr and human being. Its a shame we just can’t clone you million times. I hope and pray that each day gets alittle easier for your family and truly miss you, one of your many patients, Carlene Werner

  42. i just learned about this tragic event today. i rented cars to dr. avery when i worked at the sedona airport from 2004 to 2007. he was and is a special person who cared about people and he will be missed so much…

    david


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