Nathan Petersen • June 21, 2021

Nate Petersen, who lived a short and sensational life, was admitted on June 17 and died on Monday, June 21, at Sacred Heart Hospital, in Pensacola, Florida. He was 37.
Nate lived a life defined by humor and wonder. Before his 25th birthday he had seen the world, exploring unbeaten paths in places like New Zealand, Amsterdam, Barcelona and Bali, where he revelled in everything from bullfights and wildplassen to coastal glaciers and coral reefs.
Nate was born in California in 1983. A Navy brat, he was educated in a half dozen cities, from San Diego to New Orleans, and graduated a year early from high school. At St. Cloud State University he studied business before earning a master’s degree in finance after graduating at the top of his class he was hired by General Electric as a tax analyst.

In 2010, Nate moved from Ft. Myers to Pensacola, where he settled into a life of golf, spreadsheets and the occasional cocktail at Perdido Bay Golf Course where he went from the cart barn to administrative assistant and Food Beverage manager. When he wasn’t on the golf course he stole away and drove for hundreds of miles to seek out new fairways or renowned international restaurants.

Apart from golf, Nate enjoyed cooking, quoting movies, watching sports and spoiling his niece with presents he sent early and often to as far away as Bali.

His friends will remember him as fun-loving—sometimes capable of being gracious to a fault. A poignant storyteller, he was quick to mix the whimsical with the macabre. Impressively obsessed with the ordinary, Nate should be remembered for the times he reminded us about the power of choice—that we get to consciously decide about what has meaning and what doesn’t. Reminding us that what we choose to write off as mundane, or instead appreciate as meaningful and sacred—the faraway din of child’s laughter, an empty beach, well managed green speed—ought easily be enjoyed as some of the most beautiful and cherished things in our lives, on fire with the same force that made the stars. And more often than not, these joys are hidden in plain sight.

Nate lives on in the stories we will tell about him, today, tomorrow and for years to come.

He is survived by his mother and father, Tony and Betty Petersen; and his brother Zack, his wife Nila and their daughter Sienna.
A Celebration of Life will be held at Perdido Bay Golf Club on Wednesday July 14th at 7 pm.

  1. Dee Baloun says:

    We love you Nathan Delmar💙 You ALWAYS made us laugh and just a sweet nephew/guy!!! You will never be forgotten and will forever be in our hearts!!! Tony, Betty, Zack, Nila and Sienna, we pray for you and we love you🙏🏻❤️

  2. Jacki Russell says:

    Tony, Betty, and Family,
    May the memories you have and stories
    you share about Nate help to lessen the pain and sorrow of his loss.
    You are in our thoughts and prayers 🙏.
    Jacki and Chrysti

  3. Bonnie Anderson says:

    Prayers for all of you. Always enjoyed Nate when he was hanging with the class of 2001.

  4. Laura Hanna says:

    Dear Petersen family and friends-please accept my sympathies at this sad time. I have only fun memories of Nate when he was at HLP. It sounds like he led an interesting and thoughtful life and this should inspire those who knew him to do the same.

  5. Brent Harris says:

    All my love to the Petersen Family. It was my honor to be friends with Nate. Always considered him a little brother. So many wonderful memories & stories that will always bring joy when remembering & celebrating Nate’s well lived life. Nate will be missed. RIP my friend.

  6. Shelly Bray says:

    In your 37 years of life, it was an honor to have known you a short 4 years. It’s hard for all of us to walk into your office and and not think of you. I’ll try and always think of you with a smile on my face. (No tears) You were such a sweetheart, funny, kind and smart with the biggest heart. Needless to say that you will be greatly missed, you already are. To Tony, Betty, Zach, Nila and Sienna, I am terribly sorry for your loss. I’m some way I hope it’s comforting to know that you have Nate as your angel watching over you. God Bless you Nate, and Petersen family! 🙏 ❤️

  7. Louise Brake says:

    I’ve known Nathan since he started working at Perdido Bay Golf Club eleven years ago.Nathan was a truly wonderful person,and a friend to all.Nathan somehow always knew how to put things into perspective in his own unique way.For two years now Nathan has been my boss,and I used to enjoy our weekly chats on work,life in general,and our mutual love our favorite show 90 day fiancé.My condolences go out to all of Nathan’s family.Rest in peace Nathan,I will miss you.

  8. Linda DeSpain says:

    I have known Nate for a number of years through Perdido Bay Golf Course. My heart was broken when I heard of his passing. He was always so friendly with a smile. He was so kindhearted and had such a gentle demeanor. He will truly be missed. My deepest sympathy and condolences go out to Nate’s family. Praying God will give you all comfort and strength to get through this most difficult time.

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