Born Sept 6, 1983, Ft. Wainwright Army Hospital, Fairbanks, Ala.
A Military BRAT, Alaska was only the beginning of his adventures living in five states and Germany.
These opportunities were reflected in Nathan's personality. He was the family clown. He remembered every word of songs he heard and could sing every note. When he was a toddler, he would burst into giggles when his sister would be singing "Country Roads" and get to the phrase, "Mountain Mama."
His babysitter once said about his vocabulary, "He is my 30 year old man in a two-year-old body." Those closest to him knew he had a tender heart.
A love for sports cars and bikes developed at a young age, continuing until his last breath. He loved sarcasm, driving, riding and talking about F-body TransAms or Corvettes and shared these passions with his parents and many friends. He loved his immediate and extended family, deeply.
Tragically, Nathan also suffered from Bi-Polar/Manic Depression, which he kept well hidden. This illness became worse in his mid-twenties, compounded by chronic knee injuries.
Pain from four, significant motorcycle accidents eventually led to an addiction to pain medications. When meds were no longer prescribed by his doctors, he bought them illegally. That became too expensive.
Like so many others, he transitioned to Heroin; readily available and inexpensive, further driving his much-hated cycle of dependence and sobriety.
However, the last year, with few exceptions, he had been making his best concerted efforts to get into treatment, and was only waiting on a phone call when his life tragically ended.
Nathan is survived by his parents, Colonel (Ret., USAF) Carl W. and Anji (Kennedy) Bradshaw of Las Vegas, Nev.; sister, Stacey, her spouse, Geoff, nephews Bryce & Garrett Short of Las Vegas, Nev.; brother, Drew, his spouse, Lynn, nephews Will and Andy Bradshaw of Miami, Fla.; former spouse, Kasey Hicks of Tulsa, Okla.; Aunts, Uncles and Cousins.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Charles Andy and Norma Dorlene (Summers) Bradshaw; Doretha (Willis) Kennedy, all of Claremore, Okla.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Give Kids the World in honor of his nephew, Bryce.
Published on March 19, 2016