Nathel Charles "Nate" Pacini Jr.

July 4, 1953 - August 10, 2019
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Nathel (Nate) Charles Pacini, Jr., 66, of Galveston, passed away Saturday, August 10, 2019, at Jennie Sealy Hospital. Nate was born July 4, 1953 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Galveston and graduated from O’Connell High School with the class of 1971.  He wore his heart on his sleeve, was always true to himself and others, always went above and beyond, and gave his whole self into any project or need.  Nate was an Island pillar and a staple in his community.  He fulfilled a dream of opening his own restaurant, Nate’s Seafood & Steakhouse in 1993, and he loved his wonderful staff.  Nate also spent many long days at this ranch with his great circle of friends and family.

Nate was preceded in death by his son, Nathel Charles Pacini, lll (Lil’ Nate) and his father, Nathel Charles Pacini, Sr.

He is survived by his wife, Diana Pacini; mother, Frances Dee Pacini; daughter, Athena Piller (Joshua); step daughter, Katie Henson; brothers, Paul (Kelly) and A.J. (Mary) Pacini; sisters Antoinette Pacini (Mike) and Natalie Butner (Chris); grandsons, Lincoln and Hudson Piller; nieces and nephews, Krysta and Kyle (Kristin) Pacini and Grayson and Riley Butner; and many great nieces and nephews, other family members, and friends.

Nate’s family will receive visitors from 5:00 – 8:00 pm, Sunday, August 18, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. A celebration of Nate’s life will begin at 6:30 – 7:00 pm.

Funeral mass will be 10:00 am, Monday, August 19, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with burial following at Calvary Catholic Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Advocacy Center for Children of Galveston County.

Pallbearers will be Greg Scofelia, Gordon Morse, Larry Causey, Steven Newberry, Steve Hughes, BoBo Conde, Tom Vaughan, and Sean Welsh.


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Service Schedule

Visitation Information

Date: Sunday, August 18, 2019

Time: 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Sacred Heart Catholic Church


1302 Broadway
Galveston, TX 77550

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A celebration of Nate’s life will begin at 6:30 – 7:00 pm.

Service Information

Date: Monday, August 19, 2019

Time: 10:00 am

Sacred Heart Catholic Church


1302 Broadway
Galveston, TX 77550

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Cemetery Information

Date: Monday, August 19, 2019

Calvary Catholic Cemetery


2506 65th Street, Galveston, TX, 77551

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Burial immediately following Mass.

Donation Information

Advocacy Center for Children of Galveston County

Phone: 409-741-6000

5710 Avenue S 1/2
Galveston, Texas 77551
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Born: July 4, 1953
Died: August 10, 2019

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Pat Cowen posted on 8/21/19

Loosing Nate will be a loss to his family , friends, and to Galveston Island. You were and still are loved Nate.


Deb Townley posted on 8/19/19

Goodbyes are only for those who love with their eyes. Because for those who love with heart and soul there is no such thing as separation. - Rumi


Cynthia posted on 8/18/19

You were such a great person and made everyone welcomed into your restaurant. Always smiling and with a big Glad To See You. From the time we moved to the West End in 2000 your restaurant was our go to place for great food and good down home southern hospitality. May prayers be with your family and may you Rest In Peace You will be greatly missed. Ken and Cynthia Boyles.


Ron limbock posted on 8/18/19

I just saw this on Facebook. I am shocked and saddened beyond belief. My prayers are with Diana, his daughter and the rest of the family.


Danny Trevino posted on 8/18/19

Long may you run, Brother. You made a real difference in many lives. We are all better people because of you.


Phyllis Sousley posted on 8/18/19

You will be missed greatly. Condolences to the family.


Buckalew posted on 8/18/19

Longtime friend and neighbor… Will be sorely missed by many. God bless and may you rest in peace Nate. -the Buckalew family


Jimmy Bankston posted on 8/18/19

Nate was a really good friend to me. We were friends from the moment I first met him. He has had more impact on my life than any other person I have met. I will miss you my friend!


Bill Meitzen posted on 8/17/19

We light a candle to reflect and honor one of the most generous and kind person we’ve ever had the opportunity to know. God now has the best Chief on the Island. With Much Love and Appreciation, Cindy and Bill Meitzen


Carlos Ramirez posted on 8/17/19

In memory of Nathel Charles "Nate" Pacini Jr., Carlos Ramirez lit a candle


Carlos Ramirez posted on 8/17/19

Good friend & neighbor in Uvalde. Awesome cook. Fellow hunter. Great conversationalist. I’ll miss you my friend. Carlos Ramirez & family.


Amy Marie Driscoll posted on 8/17/19

I only met you a few times but you were more than kind. Condolences to your family, Diana and Katie. Amy Driscoll


John and Linda Valery posted on 8/16/19

Even though we only saw you briefly at your restaurant, I pray for your family during this difficult time of their loss! God has called you home! Thank you for being a wonderful man in our community !


Patrick D. Murphy posted on 8/16/19

In memory of Nathel Charles "Nate" Pacini Jr., Patrick D. Murphy lit a candle


Betty Davis posted on 8/16/19

Diana... We r so saddened by Nate’s passing. We so loved his spirit... love love NATES RESTAURANT..Nate .. You will be missed so much by Betty and Spiker... Luv u Diana!!!! Thoughts and prayers with u!!🙏🙏 Betty and Spiker David


Donna and Kelly Robinson posted on 8/16/19

Diane and all family members, we suffer your loss of a great icon, gentleman and wonderful, caring person. God be with you in your time of need.


Norma. Jean posted on 8/16/19

We went to Our. Lady of Guadalupe in grade school. Nate was always fun and funny. Very upbeat The. Island will miss him. Norma Jean Hencey-Nelson


Belinda Wade posted on 8/16/19

So sorry for your loss. My thoughts & prayers are with the family & friends. May he RIP wth our heavenly Father.


Breese Morse posted on 8/16/19

I will remember Nate as the fellow who would show up and throw himself whole heartedly into whatever was going on, not to take anything away from it, but to add to it. He had a way of making people feel like they were important and they mattered. I will remember his good nature, his loving heart and his gentle soul.


Kat DuBray posted on 8/16/19

I love you my dear friend.


Rita Herring posted on 8/16/19

Nate was definately one of the great guys of the west end! I know he must be celebrating in Heaven with Lil Nate. Jordan says he always had the best chicken fried steak! Great memories! Prayers for Nate’s family and friends!


Becky Collier posted on 8/16/19

My heartfelt❤ sympathy goes out to all of those who loved Nate, which was many. 🙏


Viv posted on 8/16/19

I remember the sparkle in your eyes when Alyce was working for you and "our talk." You ignored it & followed your heart... Thankyou,..because we have Athena. You were an awesome father & a man of honor.


Anita J Marchesi Slanina posted on 8/16/19

My prayers are with you and your family. This young man was a big hit in the Marchesi family. Nate and I were good friends and he was a frequent visitor at my home when we lived in Galveston. He always made time to visit with my parents John and Juanita Marchesi. There will be a giant void in this world without you Nate. Love Always Anita J Marchesi Slanina


Courtney Herrington posted on 8/16/19

Nate you will be sadly missed, I will never forget you and your one of a kind voice.


Michael Morelock posted on 8/16/19

My thoughts remain with you and your family. May GOD bring you peace......


Lori Carter Bohannon posted on 8/16/19

I am so sorry to hear this news. To the whole Pacini family my condolences. Just do not hear much news about people from years past. My heart felt sympathy. Thank you Caitlyn Carter McDonald. Sincerely, Lori C. Bohannon


Melissa Martinez posted on 8/15/19

In memory of Nathel Charles "Nate" Pacini Jr., Melissa Martinez lit a candle


Melissa Martinez posted on 8/15/19

Still in disbelief I spoke to him weekly! He will be forever missed! He always put a smile on my face! Nate had a big impact on my life to accomplish my dreams!!!


Leah A. Mullins posted on 8/15/19

Dear family, My thoughts and prayers are with you all . I have know Nathal since I was a little girl living on Crockett Street and hanging out and playing with him and Paul and all the neighborhood kids. May his memories bring you peace and strength. Sincerely, Leah Tinsley Mullins


Joe and Jo Ann Ender posted on 8/15/19

A good heart has stopped beating and his soul has ascended to heaven. We will never forget you. We will pray for you as you prayed for us. May God give you eternal rest.


Anne Reiswerg posted on 8/15/19

In memory of Nathel Charles "Nate" Pacini Jr., Anne Reiswerg lit a candle


Sheila Biggs posted on 8/14/19

To Diana and Nate's family, our deepest sympathy. Nate was a good man. May he rest in peace. Sincerely, The Quintin and Sheila Biggs Family.


Elise Lippincott posted on 8/14/19

I remember Nate always smiling and happy.


Kathi A Ashy posted on 8/14/19

Death leaves a heartache no one can heal. Love leaves memories no one can steal-author unknown Thoughts and prayers for this wonderful family. Rest In Peace Nate❤️


Antoinette Pacini posted on 8/14/19

Rest In Peace, Big Brother. I know your life is complete now that you are home with Lil’ Nate! ❤️ Sissy


Antoinette Pacini posted on 8/14/19

In memory of Nathel Charles "Nate" Pacini Jr., Antoinette Pacini lit a candle


Suzanne Johnston posted on 8/14/19

Condolences to Diana and the family. A life well lived, he will me missed.


Tina Robins posted on 8/14/19

May you rest in peace


Amber Jinkins posted on 8/13/19

A person that departs from this earth never truly leaves, for they are still alive in our hearts, through us, they live on. My condolences. Sending your family prayers and love.