Seth Franklin Nation

Seth Franklin Nation
April 1, 1974 – May 13, 2017
“I said goodbye to you my love,
Silently,
Unheard
Amidst prayers and the songs of angels
As they carried me aloft upon their gilded wings….”
-Seth Nation, first stanza of Reincarnation

Many words can describe Seth Nation. Loving husband, father, son, brother, uncle and friend. Gifted author, coach and athlete. But above all, a person who was sought after for his compassion and vivacity by all.

Seth Nation was born in Corona, California but was best known in his youth in Redlands, California. There he was a varsity football player for the Redlands Terriers, graduating in 1992. Following graduation he moved to Albuquerque, NM where he was fortunate enough to meet his lovely wife, Lori Nation (née Pruitt), they were married on December 30th, 1995. Together they were the parents of four beautiful children.

Seth spent most of his adult life in Lawrence, KS where he Worked at Phenix Label as a Customer Service Manager. He coached Lawrence Youth Football and USSSA Baseball for the Lawrence Colts and Lawrence Warhawks. He was a member of the Eagle Lodge #309 and he was a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt.

Seth was an accomplished author. Authoring a book of poetry titled The Roads We’ve Traveled. As well as a hit series of western novels; The Devil’s Brand,Dead Man’s River and Pecos Justice which are still in print.

He is survived by his wife Lori Nation, daughter Tori Hawk and future Son-in-law, Colton Wiley of Lawrence, KS. Son Jacob Nation and daughters Taylor and Megan Nation of Lawrence, KS. He is also survived by his parents Bobby and Patti Nation of Sayre, OK and parents Redina and Mario Perez of Redlands, CA. His brother and sister-in-law Caleb and Maria Nation and their children Graciela and Duke of Kailua, HI. His sister and brother-in-law Brittany and Alan Murphy of San Diego, CA. His grandparents, Edsel and Orvalene Nation of Sayre, OK. His parents-in-law Michael and Victoria Smith of Lawrence, KS. Sister-in-law and brother-in-law Meri and Lati Hill of Green Bay, WI. Sister-in-law and brother-in-law Toni and Trenton Rabbit, and their children Aubrianna and Tristan of Lawrence, KS. As well as his brothers-in-law Billy and Matt Smith, and niece Kannaleigh of Lawrence, KS. Seth is also survived by his many friends throughout the country.

Services will be held on Saturday May 20th, 2017 from 1000-1200 at Rumsey-Yost funeral Home in Lawrence, KS. To be followed by a Celebration of life at the Eagle Lodge #309 in Lawrence, Ks.

In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that you send cards with favored memories of Seth.

The family would like to thank everyone who has reached out during this difficult time, your kindness is very appreciated. A special thank you to Seth’s employer Phoenix Label for their lovely tribute. As well as Lori’s employer, Wakarusa Veterinary Hospital for their support during this time.

 

Messages & Condolences

From Ruth Davis...

My sincere condolences to Seth’s family. I am sorry for your loss. You are in my prayers. May the God of love and mercy comfort your hearts. May His beautiful promises in His Holy Word strengthen you during the difficult days ahead. Ps. 46:1, Revelation 21:3-5

From Tim Cullor...

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Seth’s family in this time of sadness. Seth was a great person, and a great boss. It was my pleasure getting to work with him at Deluxe. He was always good to myself and family. RIP my friend.

From Cheryl Alley...

I am so very sorry for your loss. One thing was always very obvious to all was his love for you Lori. And his pride in you and your children’s accomplishments. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

From Rod Zinn...

My Heartfelt condolences to the Nation Family. Seth was a great man (still is, in my heart). He was a great coach when we coached together. Wish we could have stayed more in touch. My prayers are with you and the family. God Bless.

From Pat Noll Eagles aux sister....

Myprayers are wth you and your family. IT Is So Hard to LOSE OUR LOVED ONES! I have lost a whole family my youngest son, his wife and my two grandchildren. If you need to talk I am here for you.

From Pat Noll Eagles aux sister....

Myprayers are wth you and your family. IT IS SO HARD TO my prayers! IT Is So Hard to LOSE OUR LOVED ONES! I have lost a whole family my youngest son, his wife and my two grandchildren. If you need to talk I am here for you.

From Todd Duncan...

To the Nation family, my sincerest and most heartfelt condolences. I am just speechless, i’ve thought of you all often over the years and all the good times. Seth was such a good friend to me growing up everything from football to stealing beer out of the “adult” coolers out camping in Lake Havasu. I flew out to Albuquerque for a weekend once while i was in the Army to see him and we had a blast, i just cant believe he’s gone. Too many years have passed since then and now you’re gone my friend. You’ve touched so many lives, we visited the Billy the Kid burial site and there on the tombstone is enscribed one word which i later tattooed on my arm….”PALS” im proud to have had Seth as one of my pals. Damn good man, sad that you’re gone my friend. Your spirit will live on through those you leave behind.
Todd Duncan
RHS ’92

From Erik Bodden...

My condolences to Seth’s family. Much love from your friends here in SoCal and RHS Alumni 92.

From Tori Hawk...

Dad I miss you so much. I wish I could tell you how much I love you just one more time. You were the best advice giver and the best hugger. It melts my heart how much everyone loves you and has taken care of us. I know you are watching me, I will love you forever and ever my handsome angel

From Taylor Shaye Nation...

I love you Dad forever ever and always, i wont ever forget all the amazing members we shared, you were the best dad ever, i will continue to make you proud each and ever day i know you will always be with where ever i go, ill make sure your legacy lives on forever, its your blood running through my veins its what keeping me strong ❤ miss you always cant wait to give you a big hug again one day 💕

From Taylor Nation...

I love you Dad forever ever and always, i wont ever forget all the amazing members we shared, you were the best dad ever, i will continue to make you proud each and ever day i know you will always be with where ever i go, ill make sure your legacy lives on forever, its your blood running through my veins its what keeping me strong ❤ miss you always cant wait to give you a big hug again one day 💕

From Taylor Nation...

I love you Dad forever ever and always, i wont ever forget all the amazing members we shared, you were the best dad ever, i will continue to make you proud each and ever day i know you will always be with where ever i go, ill make sure your legacy lives on forever, its your blood running through my veins its what keeping me strong ❤ miss you always cant wait to give you a big hug again one day 💕

From Sara Willhite...

Lori and family, I am so deeply sorry to hear about Seth. He is now sitting in heaven watching over all of you. I having been praying for all of you to find peace in your hearts.

From Donna and Merlyn Klemme...

Lori my heart is breaking for you. I am so sorry to see you going thru this but now he has been called home. He has absolute total complete peace. Like nothing he has ever known. Something we all dream about and now he has it. My heart is Breaking for you and the kids. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and and your family. Seth I know you are looking down and watching over her.

From Chuck and Dora Bartz...

So sorry Bobbie. Your Uncle Chuck and I feel your loss. We know the pain of loosing a son. Our condolences to Seth’s family. You will be in out prayers

From Cecilia Carpenter...

I am so sorry to hear about Seth I worked with him at Jostens you and your family are in my prayers.

From Jeff Dunaway...

I always enjoyed working with Seth at Jostens. He was a great guy. Condolences to the family. I know he will be missed.

From Heidi Edwards...

Seth was always such a positive and bright light in this world. RHS class of 92 is extremely saddened by this news and has your back for whatever you may need Lori! Praying for your heart during this challenging season.

From Linda Dwight Cotton...

I knew Seth in high school. He was a great guy with an great sense of humor. He will definitely be missed. Our thoughts & prayers are with you at this difficult time.

From Denise...

I remember Seth from years ago when his family lived next door. I am so sorry to hear of his passing. My condolences go out to his family.

From Kris Helm...

Lori, I am so sorry for you and your family’s loss. Seth was a great guy and truly loved his family. He will deeply be missed.

From Sheri Naragon...

Lori, my heart is breaking for you and your family. In every Facebook picture and pist, I could see the live between you and Seth. Hold those and all memories within your heart. I will be praying for you that you find some peace in all of this tragedy. You will always be “our little Lori”. Surround yourself with family and friends because they love you so!

From Jenny Bewley...

Lori, Tori, Jacob, Taylor and Megan. I want you to know that you all are in our minds, hearts and prayers right now. I know you will lean on each other and help each other through this very difficult time. Just remember there is an army of people right behind you. If you need anything, no matter how small, I’m a phone call away. Seth was the most genuine person I could have ever hoped to call “friend”. I’m going to miss him. Our whole family will miss him. He lives on in each of you. He was so proud of his family. He had good reason to be proud. Take care of each other. Love you all.

From Brandi, Tom & Andrew McNish...

Lori and family, Seth coached my son when he played for the twisters football team. We are so very sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers to the entire family.

From Cindi Marsteller...

Lori, Gary and I are praying for you and your family at this saddest time. I love and miss you. Please call or text with anything I can do for you. Be the strong and beautiful woman Seth loved so much. He will always be with you, in your heart. I love you so much you will always be our “little Lori”.

From Tracy Meisenheimer...

Lori, I’m so sorry for your loss. My thoughts & prayers are with you and your family.

From Jeff and Sandy Lockhart...

Lori and family, I am so deeply sorry for your loss. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers.

From Megan Nation...

To my Best friend, Twin, and most importantly my Father. I can’t explain how much I miss you and love you. This family is strong and you did that. You did so much for us and we will continue on. We will continue your legacy. Thank you for every lesson, value, and simple morals you have taught me. I will keep those in my heart forever right with you. I love you so much, Dad❤️ You will always be with me.

From Susan Ramos...

You were one of the good ones my friend. You were a great friend to so many people! This world won’t be the same without you in it. Cannot believe you have left us. You were so loved by so many. Just not enough words to express the heartache.
Bet you and Kurt are both up there tipping them back. You probably got the LEG and PIRATE EYE going and Kurt had the hiccups… and no wives to tell you you’ve probably drank enough!
Miss you both dang it.

From Vance Farlow...

Seth, you have been a dear nephew and friend for the past 43 years. I was at the Corona hospital the day you were born, along with my parents, and it was so exciting for us all to welcome you into a world that would soon be changed by your dynamic character. You have made me so proud to be your uncle as you grew to manhood, married Lori and raised your wonderful family. You have become one of my favorite authors, with your poetry and Western sagas. You have made your mother and father, brother and sister proud too. You have touched us all so deeply, and you have been an inspiration to all. Adios, mi amigo…now, “Let’er Buck!”

From Brenda Wettengel...

Lori and family, my thoughts are with you. I worked with Seth at Jostens. He was a joy to work with.

From Christie Stribling Gable...

Nation family, I knew Seth at RHS and he was always kind, and hilarious. I know he gave being a husbamd and father 115%. God needed him more in Heaven than on Earth. He is smiling at his amazing family and all his amazing friends. Gods timing isnt always umderstood by us, but have faith in his timing. Our prayers are with you tjrough this difficult time.

From Stadick...

Lori and family
Our deepest condolences. Seth was an amazing person. Please know our family is keeping you and yours is in our thought and prayers.

From Taylor Nation...

Love you dad, im gonna make you so proud ❤

From Dee Falk...

Lori and family I’m so sorry for your loss, I worked at Jostens when Seth was a Supervisor there he was a great Man, sending prayers to you and your family!

From Dee Falk...

Lori and family I’m so sorry for your loss, I worked at Jostens when Seth was a Supervisor, he was a great man. sending prayers to you and your family!

From Dee Falk...

Lori and family, I worked at Jostens when Seth was there, he was a great Supervisor, so sorry for loss, sending prayers to you and your family!

From Bev Morey...

Seth, I never met you, but knew all about you through your beautiful wife Lori and FB. Lori, I’m so sorry this has happened to you. I know you need him and will miss him terribly. Thinking of you and your family at this difficult time.

From E Stansky...

Seth – you were such an inspiration to me. My deepest condolences to your family. You were one of the good guys and only the good die young! The world will be missing a piece with you gone. Thank you for the lessons you taught me, the compassion you had for me, and the jokes to make me lighten up. Heaven needed an angel, selfishly, I am sad it chose you! Rest in Peace Spike!

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