Memorial set for Sunday for Issaquah High School student

March 7, 2009

By Chantelle Lusebrink

NEW — 6:12 p.m. March 6, 2009

Services for Nicholas W. Bethel, a 17-year-old Issaquah High School student who died in Seattle Tuesday, will be held Sunday in SeaTac.

In lieu of floral arrangements, the Bethel family is asking friends and family to bring photos or mementos for the service table or to donate to Issaquah Little League. Friends are also invited to share their memories of Bethel on where the family has dedicated a site – “In Loving Memory of Nick Bethel” – to him.

On that page his father, Bill Bethel wrote, “My wonderful son! Thank you for so much joy. You have given me something only a parent can understand. It is a tribute to you that you knew and touched such a wide variety of people. Endearing is the word for you. Travis had it right, you could fill up a room in such a special way. You left the people that knew you better off by your 17 years on this earth. You ‘Left the world a better place.’ Thank you to everyone posting here. Your proud, loving Dad.”

The cause and manner of Bethel’s death are pending, according to officials at the King County Medical Examiner’s Office. 

A cause of death could be days, weeks or months away, depending on the additional laboratory tests needed to make that determination, those officials said. Those tests can include microbial, neurological and toxicology tests, they said.

Celebration of Life — Sunday

Viewing: Noon-12:30 p.m.

Service: 12:30-1 p.m.

Bonney Watson Washington Memorial Funeral Home

16445 International Blvd., SeaTac


On the Web

Go to and type “In Loving Memory of Nick Bethel” into the search box.

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One Response to “Memorial set for Sunday for Issaquah High School student”

  1. Jim on March 11th, 2009 8:49 am

    God’s Lent Child
    “I’ll lend you for a little while
    A child of mine,” God said
    “for you to love the while he lives,
    And mourn for when he’s dead.
    It may be six or seven years
    Or forty two or three.
    But will you, till I call him back,
    Take care of him for me?

    He’ll bring his charms to gladden you
    And – (should his stay be brief) –
    You’ll have his lovely memories
    As a solace for your grief.

    I cannot promise he will stay,
    Since all from earth returns;
    But there are lessons taught below
    I want this child to learn.
    I’ve looked the whole world over
    In my search for teachers true
    And from the things that crowd life’s lane
    I have chosen you.

    Now will you give him all your love?
    Not think the labor vain?
    Nor hate me when I come to take
    This Lent Child back again?”

    “I fancied that I heard them say –
    “Dear Lord, Thy will be done
    For all the joys Thy Child will bring
    The risk of grief we’ll run.
    We will shelter him with tenderness,
    We’ll love him while we may
    And for the happiness we’ve known
    Forever grateful stay.

    But should Thy angel call for him,
    Much sooner than we’ve planned,
    We’ll brave the bitter grief that comes
    And try to understand.”

    – Author Unknown

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