29, born in Waldoboro, Maine, passed away unexpectedly and tragically on Jan. 1, 2013 in Austin, TX. He was born at home in Waldoboro to Kenneth G. Stewart and Susan M. Calhoun. Nathan lived in the Damariscotta area until 1990, when he and his mother moved to Portland. He attended Longfellow, Presumpscott and Lyman Moore schools, and graduated from the Aucocisco School in Scarborough (now Cape Elizabeth). Nathan started rock climbing at Fort Williams, and travelled with his mom to Mt. Desert Island many summers for rock-climbing and camping vacations. He was very tech savvy and loved playing video games. While in high school he saved up and bought himself a computer specifically customized for gaming. He also preferred warm climates, so after graduation he attended Abraham Baldwin College in Tifton, GA, to study Computer Science. He then transferred to Full Sail University in FL to study Game Design. Nathan enlisted in the Army in 2004, and served honorably until 2010. He was deployed to Iraq twice, in 2006 and 2008. While on leave, Nathan, who was fascinated by other cultures, travelled the world. He visited Europe, Aruba, India and Thailand, where he learned to scuba dive. He fell in love with the island of Koh Tao and often said that he wanted to live there and teach diving. After returning home, he travelled around the country, attended the Burning Man festival in NV twice, and settled in Austin. He planned to attend Austin Community college this year.
To honor SGT Nathan Stewart, his mother, Ms. Sue Calhoun honored her son by choosing this stone from Mount Desert Island. Sue describes this stone and what it says about Nathan.
When hikers carry this stone they need to know that Nathan believed in Justice. He wanted all people to be treated fairly and equally. No one person or group was any more important than another. Nathan believed in treating everyone with dignity and respect. He accepted all groups and all walks of life. Nathan was intelligent and loved to try new things even though he had a learning disability. He was strong willed and liked to test his limits. The Army was the one organization that pushed back! He loved the excitement of the Army. He lived without fear and loved to be sarcastic and adventurous. He loved Scuba Diving and Skydiving. He was a dare devil too, climbing over and under waterfalls, taking chances in life and living every day to the fullest. He was a very seasoned veteran with several deployments and he loved his dog “Panda” who was a Aussie Shepard and he raised him on his own. Finally, Nathan loved computers and computer science. He wanted to get a degree in game design.