A celebration of life for Nathan Rhoades March 19

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Nathan “Nate” Rhoades loved the ocean and camping and hiking.


A celebration of life for Nathan “Nate” Elliot Rhoades, 21, a 2019 Nordhoff High School graduate and personal trainer, will be held on Saturday, March 19, at noon at Soule Park in Ojai.

Nathan’s parents, Heidi and Larry Rhoades of Oxnard, have invited the community to “celebrate Nate and all that he is. Bring stories and memories of Nate — if you would like to share, and find solace in the community that adores Nate.”

Those planning to attend are asked to RSVP at:

It is also suggested people bring a chair and blanket to sit on at the park. Drinks and food will be served.

Nathan was critically injured while driving on Victoria Avenue, north of Doris Avenue in Oxnard, on Jan. 20, when his car struck a truck making a U-turn. 

After Nathan was pronounced brain-dead, his family decided to donate their son’s organs. Five days after the accident, on Jan. 25, family and friends gathered at Ventura County Medical Center to say goodbye to Nathan in an emotional Honor Walk as he was slowly wheeled down the hospital hallway for the recovery surgery, wearing his No. 81 blue-and-gold Rangers jersey, his football helmet by his side.

The solemn ceremony is a show of respect for a person whose organs will be donated. 

Nathan’s parents noted in their invitation to his celebration of life that Nathan was a “beautiful soul who changed so many lives.”


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