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Nathan Eugene "Nate" Villicana

March 2, 1983 — March 21, 2024

Tulare

Nathan Eugene “Nate” Villicana, 41, of Tulare, CA, passed away at his home surrounded by his family on the morning of March 21, 2024. He fought a very good fight but sadly lost his battle with multiple myeloma (a rare form of blood cancer), along with amyloidosis (abnormal protein build-up).

Nate was born at NAS Lemoore on March 2, 1983 to Irene and Robert Villicana. Born and raised in his early years in Tulare, CA, he then spent his middle school, high school, and young adult years in the Central Coast area of California, attending Judkins Middle School, Arroyo Grande High School, and graduating from Lopez High School. He gave his life to the Lord Jesus Christ in his teenage years, and his faith as a born-again Christian was a major influence and guiding compass throughout his whole life. Nate was also a member of the Comanche tribe of Anadarko, Oklahoma.

From an early age, Nate showed a passion for automotive mechanics and a love of all things trucks, cars, motorcycles, Nascar, monster trucks, and particularly anything that was fast and loud! At one of his first jobs, he was the youngest acting manager at Sears in San Luis Obispo, specializing in the automotive department, and he would grow over the years to work as an auto mechanic and even start his own mobile auto repair business. He also spent many years in the hospitality industry working at both Avila Village Inn and Inn at Avila Beach in Avila Beach, CA.

As a self-professed “hustler,” he always had some sort of entrepreneurial side-hustle as he loved the thrill of making trade deals, especially for cool classic trucks and other vehicles. His pride was a black 1977 Chevy C10 truck that he always wanted to restore, that his family will now keep and restore for him as a legacy project.

Nate raised his 2 sons, Kaden (19) and Austin (13), on his own, and he was so proud of his boys. He was a very loving father who supported his children and instilled in them the entrepreneurial spirit. He always made time for them and took them on fun adventures like Six Flags, boating on the lake, and beach days. He was also deeply devoted to his parents and large extended family.

With such a fun-loving, social personality, Nate made friends with everybody everywhere he went and was a loyal friend to every one of them. He had a very active, adventurous spirit, loving any kind of outdoor activities like dirt biking through the dunes, climbing every rock, hiking every waterfall, riding the most thrilling rollercoasters, and even going skydiving for his 30th birthday!

In the last couple of years, Nate reconnected with a friend from high school, Jessika Newquist, and after 20 years, they rekindled their relationship and began dating. They soon after promised themselves to each other, making plans to one day be married and share a life together.

Nate definitely left a legacy of being an amazing father, son, brother, partner, and friend and made such an impact on everyone that ever knew him. He was an authentic, caring, real, and honest soul, always showing compassion, understanding, and the love of Christ to those around him.

He is survived by his mother, Irene Villicana, father, Robert E. Villicana (wife Shanna), stepfather, Michael Seniff, two sons, Kaden and Austin, two brothers, Corey Villicana and Chase Brannum (wife Kelsee), grandparents, Robin and Frederick Eugene Villicana, girlfriend, Jessika Newquist, along with many other aunts, uncles, and cousins in Tulare County. He is predeceased by his grandparents Santos J. Ramirez and Maria De Refugio Esquivel.

Nathan was truly beloved by all and, although he will be sorely missed and his family is deeply grieved at his passing, we are assured that he is joyfully now with his Savior, Jesus Christ.

Nate, we all love you so much and will always carry you with us. Rest in the Lord, Nathan.


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