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Nathaniel Villaire

Nathaniel E. "Nat" Villaire

Wednesday, May 15th, 1940 - Saturday, December 1st, 2018
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Nathaniel (Nat) Elias Villaire was born on May 15, 1940 in Macclenny, FL to Louise Hurst & Larry Croft. He was later adopted by his beloved step father, George Villaire. He graduated from Cathedral High School in Springfield, MA in 1958. He earned a BS from UGA in 1962 where he met and married the love of his life, Sonja Ann Sanders.

In 1963, Nat was commissioned in the USAF where he flew KC-135 & T-39 aircraft. He served in 6 campaigns in Vietnam where he was awarded the Bronze Star. In addition to serving as a pilot and flight instructor, Nat also taught aviation physiology and later transitioned into Air Traffic Control. During his AF career, he earned an MPA from Golden Gate U and an Ed.D from William & Mary.

In 1984, he retired and began teaching high school biology and coaching football in Newport News, VA. Later, he returned to his passion, teaching Aeronautics at FIT where he established MS & PhD programs in Aviation. He retired from FIT as a Prof. of Aeronautics in 2012.

He is survived by his wife and living angel of 56 years, Sonja, 4 children, Angela Phillips (Rich), Katherine Mullin (Philip), Anthony Villaire, and Pamela Hesse (Michael), 8 grandchildren, Lane & Ben Mullin, Mike & Nick Richard, Zachary & Xavier Villaire, & Emily and Kimmi Hesse & 2 great grandchildren, Hayden & Logan.

Nat lived and loved life to the fullest, enjoying sailing, SCUBA & travel. He was a devoted Christian disciple & a 3rd degree knight in the KoC.

A funeral mass will be held at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Melbourne Beach, FL on Friday, Dec 7 at 10:00am. A reception will follow in the parish hall.
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  • Service

    Friday, December 7th, 2018 | 10:00am
    Friday, December 7th, 2018 10:00am
    Immaculate Conception Catholic Church
    3780 South Highway A1A
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    Father Peter Sagorski
  • Interment

    Arlington National Cemetery


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Susie Allen-Sierpinski

Posted at 04:02pm
Dr. Villaire I will always regret not having one last chance to let you know how much you've impacted my life and career.Thank you for always being a trusted and wonderful advisor.
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Norine E. Noonan

Posted at 07:47pm
I was very much saddened to read about the passing of Nat. I met him when he first came to Florida Tech (I was serving as Vice President for Research). Nat was a wonderful guy who had a vision for graduate programs in Aeronautics and he worked so hard to make them a reality. He never, ever gave up even when others on the faculty and in the administration weren't on board. But he persisted and won them over. I was proud to have been in his "corner." Nat was always so positive and upbeat and his laugh was infectious. Florida Tech has lost a great friend and I have lost a great colleague. I send my deepest sympathies to his family.

Thomas and Lisa Hesse Family

Posted at 04:50pm
With our deepest condolences, know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.
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