Nin Nickles Myers was born on July 9, 1988 in Eureka to Gilbert Myers and Shontay Basey. He was a member of the Yurok Tribe and proudly tattooed “Yurok” on his hand. Nin passed away on Saturday, February 18, 2023 in Napa, after losing his battle to an illness that took him too young and way before his time. However, as Nin would say “Just live day by day, you can go at anytime. So enjoy the time you have with family and friends.”
Nin was the third of four children born to Gilbert and Shontay. As a young boy, Nin spent part of his childhood growing up in the mountains of Tulley Creek. He would run around butt naked with only his little black rubber boots on to protect his feet as he gained the nickname “Mountain Man.” He was rarely in the house but rather outside either learning and helping his dad work on fixing vehicles, being his big brother’s shadow, gardening, hunting, fishing, teaching family how to start a fire, or peeing off the porch all with a smile on his face.
Around the age of eight, he and his younger sister Sharon, moved to McKinleyville with their Uncle Dewey. In McKinleyville, Nin participated in wrestling, basketball and football for most of his elementary and high school years. It was also in McKinleyville, he made friendships he cherished and would last him long into his adulthood. In high school, Nin found his love for woodworking. He would always be looking at or smelling different types of wood trying to identify them. Nin was always working with his hands whether it be carving, drawing, playing video games or fixing things.
Eventually Nin would make his way back to Tulley Creek, where he would enjoy fishing, hunting, smoking salmon, woodworkingrpentry, gardening and enjoying his time with family and friends. Nin also loved to be by the river. If you couldn’t find him he was most likely down by the river fishing or enjoying being in the solitude the river had to offer.
It was also in Tulley Creek, Nin started dating Sharon’s longtime friend Samantha and soon they welcomed their little baby girl Lana “Che’Che”. He had given his little girl the nickname of a little “hellraiser” which was probably a homage to his hellraising days. Nin loved his little girl and fought so hard in the hospital to be here for her. In spirit, Nin will always be with her as well as all those lives he touched and blessed by just knowing him.
Nin just had a way about him that no obituary could ever truly capture. Those who knew him know the feeling he left by just being himself. Which was a caring, playful, loving, friendly, a bit of a prankster, a confidant, a protector, someone you always wanted on your side to either watch your back or cheer you on. He was just Nin Man with a million dollar smile and a heart of gold. He will be so missed by those who loved him.
He is preceded in death by his grandparents Charles Everett Myers and Ida Mae Lewis, Margaret Frye-Carlson and Lloyd Basey; his aunts and uncles; Everett Dewey Myers, Andrea Lavato, Larry Sillaway, Frankie Erickson, Joseph Henderson and Sylvester “Louie” Myers.
He is survived by his mother and father, Shontay Basey and Gilbert Myers; his siblings, Gilbert Myers, Lorraine Myers, Sharon De Los Santos and Vernon Myers; his partner, Samantha Crutchfield; his daughter, Lana Che’ge’mem Myers; his nieces and nephews Spegi Myers, Jimmy Myers, Ida Mae Myers, Hazel Myers, Maizy Myers, Lottie Myers, Helen “Maeme” De Los Santos, Nicole De Los Santos, and Richard De Los Santos; his aunts, Everetta Myers, Bonnie Basey and Shontay “Big Shon” Mata; and his many cousins.
Pallbearers are Gilbert Myers Sr., Gilbert Myers, Spegi Myers, Jimmy Myers, Paul Vanmechlen, Richard De Los Santos, Vernon Henry- Myers, Frankie Jo Myers, Richard Myers, Andrew Myers, Dustin Latham, Sylvester Myers, Laurance Myers, and Kenek Ravago
Honorary pallbearers are Richard “Dickie” Myers, Harold Myers, Louie Myers, Dewey Myers, Charlie Myers, Anthony Lavato, Troy Myers, Richard Myers, Bret Robbins, David “Hootie” Lewis, Jamie Lewis, Willard Carlson, Pergish Carlson, Will-bear Carlson, Mike Carlson, Nikwich Carlson, Doug Paulis, Greg Donofiro, Cameron Ragain, Travis Harpe and Travis Perryman
A viewing was held on Friday, February 24, 2023 at Paul’s Chapel in Arcata. On Saturday, February 25, 2023, Nin was taken to the Requa Boat Ramp to take his last boat ride from Klamath to Tulley Creek which was followed by a graveside burial service in Tulley Creek. A special thanks to all those who helped the family during this time. It did not go unnoticed and it was greatly appreciated.
Until we see each other again, Nin Man.
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