Nathaniel Gene Lee, also known as “Nate Dogg,” passed away unexpectedly on July 7, 2022, in southeastern Utah at the age of 49.

Nathaniel was born on January 20, 1973, in Cortez, Colorado. He graduated from Uintah School District in 2013. Nathaniel was an accomplished creative artist and often taught and shared his artistic skills with others. He was especially passionate about cultural art within Native American and Latino culture. He was a reserved, neat, adventurous, tough, funny, considerate, polite, humble, and genuine individual who loved his family and friends. You would often see Nathaniel volunteering at Full Circle Intertribal Center, he was driven by his passion to see the Native community come together to celebrate his Navajo culture. He connected with his elders to learn the traditional ways of his people.

He is preceded in death by his sister, Charlene Lee; his father, Clarence Bylilly; and grandparents, Jimmy Lee Sr. and Almeida Jay Lee of Aneth, Utah.

Nathaniel is survived by his two children in New Mexico; his mother, Betty Lee Bylilly; and by his two sisters and five brothers in Moab, Utah.

A graveside service is scheduled for Wednesday, July 20, from 10 to 12 p.m. at the Grand Valley Cemetery, with a reception to follow at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Chapel (475 West 400 North) from noon to 3 p.m. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Nathaniel’s life.

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The family would like to thank the community, family and friends for their love and support.