Nathan Ronald Knowles passed away in his sleep on March 17, 2023 at his parents’ home in Boise, Idaho. He was born in Redding, California on August 27, 1981 to Pauline L. and Ronald M. Knowles. He spent the first two years of his life in Alturas, California. The family moved to Sitka, Alaska in 1985.
He was diagnosed at the age of 10 with autism, but still led a rich childhood and graduated from Sitka High School in 2000.
Nathan was active in the Sitka Cub and Boy Scouts, achieving the rank of Eagle. He was active in his church, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, and attended not only services but was fascinated by church history and would study for hours. He was a leader and championed people with disabilities. He represented people with disabilities everywhere and presented to the Alaska Legislature several times. In 2000, the family moved to Anchorage where Nathan took classes at University of Alaska. He held several different jobs in Sitka and Anchorage.
When Nathan’s father retired in 2010, Nathan and his parents moved to Idaho. Nathan landed a permanent role with Albertsons as a courtesy clerk and remained there for over 6 years to his last day. While in Boise, he was active in classes at the ARC, Boise Parks and Rec. (including ice skating) and Special Olympics Boise Community Team swimming and bowling.
Nathan is survived by his mother (Pauline) and father (Ron), two brothers (Lucas of Tacoma, WA and Jeremy of Tualatin, OR), two uncles Garth Taylor (Moscow, ID) and Greg Taylor (Cowley, WY) and Aunt Peggy Wellock (Lewiston, CA), along with many other relatives and friends. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 PM on April 15 at the Columbus Park Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (3020 West Cherry Lane Boise, ID). In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Autism Society and Special Olympics Idaho.