Nathan Richard Faris
Nathan Richard Faris, 25, of Hubbard, formerly of Iowa Falls, peacefully passed away March 24 at his home in Hubbard, surrounded by loved ones, due to complications from a traumatic brain injury at age 12.
Nathan was under the care of Mary Greeley Hospice. A Mass of Christian burial was held March 27 at St. Mark Catholic Church in Iowa Falls. Visitation was March 26 at Linn’s Funeral Home, Iowa Falls.
Memorials may be directed to: Jon and Becky Faris memorial, Linn’s Funeral Home, 1521 Washington Ave., Iowa Falls, IA 50126.
Nathan Richard Faris was born June 5, 1995, to Jonathan Lee and Becky Ann (Heater) Faris at Mercy Hospital Des Moines. Nathan attended Iowa Falls Schools until his brain injury. He completed grades 7-12 homeschooling with his mother, and graduating in 2014.
Prior to his brain injury, Nathan loved hanging out with his family and friends. He attended Boy Scouts and Sunday school. He enjoyed walking, biking, swimming, fishing, video games and collecting cards.
He played T-ball and youth football. Nathan was an avid ISU football fan. He loved pig chores. Nathan’s favorite memory was when he was 4 years old, he went to help his dad load hogs. While Dad was away from the site office, Nathan got ahold of several bottles of various colors of Sprayola and enjoyed “painting” the walls. Nathan received the honored nickname of “Picasso.”
He was proud of their miles walks, with a goal post-brain injury up to five blocks using a walker. He loved feeding and watching the birds, deer, geese and the occasional wild turkey. He loved camping, sweets, movies, Yu-Gi-Oh, Pokemon, music, arts and crafts, and talking about his time in heaven.
On Friday, Sept. 14, 2007, he suffered a traumatic brain injury after being struck by a car. After his brain injury, he spent an extensive amount of time at Blank Children’s Hospital, On With Life Rehabilitation, Gillette Children’s Hospital and various outpatient therapy departments.
Nathan remained at home with his parents. He continued to work with his parents and continued to work hard on his recovery.
Nathan was survived by his parents, Jon and Becky Faris, of Hubbard; special uncle Richie Heater, of Hubbard; grandparents Gary and Joyce Faris, Peg Gannon, Tom and Melinda Heater, Tony and Tina Kafer; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his infant brother, Avery; great-grandparents; special aunt and uncle Margie and Tom Leonard.