Nat Hay MacKevett passed away peacefully on March 16, 2017, in Bakersfield, California. He was born in 1920 on Long Island, New York, as the younger of two sons to Edward and Josephine MacKevett. After spending a turbulent childhood during the Great Depression, he settled with his mother and brother in Santa Monica, California. World War II soon started and he served his country from 1942-1946 in the Pacific Theater as a weatherman for the Army's air combat operations. Upon his return, he obtained a degree in geology from UCLA and began his 54-year career from 1947-2001 as a petroleum geologist with Shell Oil, General Petroleum, Hershey Oil and as a consultant in Texas and California. From his first marriage to Elizabeth Lee, Paula was born, the eldest of his three children. He then divorced and in 1960 married Maureen Kelly, with whom he had two children, Leslie and Douglas. Nat was active sportsman and outdoorsman from his youth, playing team sports such as baseball and basketball. In the Army, he was very proud of the Golden Gloves he earned as a boxer. Later in life, he still pursued outdoor activities such as fishing and hunting. Nat is survived by his wife, Maureen; his three children Paula, Leslie, and Douglas; and two grandchildren Brian and Karin. He was preceded in death by his elder brother Ed in 2006. A "Celebration of Life" will be held at Greenlawn Funeral Home Southwest, 2739 Panama Lane, in Bakersfield, California on August 15, 2017, at 10 am.
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