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Originally published: 2013-03-13 14:14:47
Last modified: 2013-03-13 14:14:47

Don N. 'Shat' Natel

Don N. "Shat" Natel, left the earthly home he loved so much on March 8, 2013.

Born in Oneonta, N.Y., Don moved to Avery County in 1989, where he fell in love with the people. He was married to Judith Witte for 19 years, who Don referred to as his 'backbone' up to the day of his death. A passionate skier and golfer, he worked with the French-Ski College for two decades while serving as golf director at the Willow Creek G.C. in the 1990's.

He would later run golf shop operations at Linville Land Harbor, the community he called home. He was a fixture at The Sugar Mountain Golf Club and Mountain Glen, where he could be found carrying his golf bag most afternoons during the golf season. He will be missed at both courses.

In addition to his wife, Judy, Don leaves behind a wonderful son, Eric Natel of Rochester, N.Y.

His prayer is that all the wonderful people he came to know just 'celebrate life' everyday.

No memorial services are planned at this time.

The family asks that memorials be sent to Medi Home Hospice, PO Box 1357, Newland, NC 28657.

Online condolences may be sent to the Natel family at

Hampton Funeral and Cremation Service is in charge of the arrangements.