Customers stunned by violent death of heating technician
After a shootout with Clackamas County Sheriff's deputies left Nathaniel "Nate" Macalevy dead, the Sandy area community was shocked. Not only were people surprised to hear of an event such as this happening in their own backyard, but that Macalevy was the suspect.
On the morning of Dec. 26, Macalevy's ex-wife called police to report that Macalevy was on her property against the restrictions of a no-contact order. The Clackamas County Sheriff's deputies responded and Macalevy led them in a chase that ended with guns drawn on both sides and a shot from a deputy, which ended Macalevy's life.
The 44-year-old Boring man was awaiting trial for charges of assault and domestic violence. This fact aside, many residents of Boring, Sandy and the mountain communities have expressed sadness over his death.
To some, Macalevy was just another statistic, someone who took the wrong path and paid the price, but to many in this community, he was Nate, "my heating and cooling guy."
Macalevy owned Nate's Heating and Cooling in Boring for two years, and worked in the industry for more than 20 years. He was a father, a friend and a well-known businessman in the area, and several have lamented his loss on social media in the weeks following his death.
"I know that he was a loving father and a good person. This should have never happened," Chrystal Clifton, a friend of the family, told The Post. "I feel bad for his family and wish them well. I will pray for him and his family."
Others have begun the search for a new heating a cooling company since learning of Macalevy's death. Macalevy's lifelong friend and employee Jake Sanders told The Post that "as far as I know, his ex-wife is going to take (the business) over."
Sanders is also now in the process of starting his own business, though he wishes it could be under different circumstances.
"(Nate and I) started working together in '96 at his dad's heating and cooling place. A lot of good days were us working. It's just when we weren't working that he got into things. He was hiding it from me I guess."
In an earlier interview Sanders told The Post that the events leading to Macalevy's death were "out of character."
"He had a big heart, so if someone was struggling he'd keep the price down," Sanders noted. "He was very honest with (customers) and was really nice to people."