Missionary in Mexico Dies of Probable Heart Attack

Contributed By Tad Walch, Deseret News

  • 23 January 2015

A 20-year-old LDS missionary from Pasco, Wash., died January 16 in Mexico during a ward soccer activity.

“It is with sadness that we report the death of one of our full-time missionaries, Elder Nathan Castle McBride, age 20, who has been serving since January 2014 in the Mexico Merida Mission,” Church spokesman Eric Hawkins said.

“Elder McBride passed away Friday evening after collapsing while at a ward activity. The cause of death is still not certain. As a Church, we mourn at the loss of every missionary, and we pray for his family and for those who knew him.”

The missionary’s father told the Bellingham, Wash., Herald that his son was playing in a soccer match with local Church and community members. Robert McBride said he had been told it appeared his son, who did not have previous health problems, suffered a heart attack.

The McBride family, who are members of the Pasco Washington North Stake, spoke with Elder McBride by phone at Christmas.

“Nathan was serving the Lord as a missionary and he was doing what he was supposed to be doing,” his father said. “And he was happy, he was very happy. He loved what he was doing.”