Miguel Justin Nava was born on September 30, 1995 to his parents Javier and Lisa (Marks) Nava. He adored his wife, Ryann Isabelle Andres, whom he married on July 29, 2020. 

Miguel grew up in Comstock Park, MI and graduated from Comstock Park High School in 2013 where he was a beloved student, leader, and accomplished athlete. He was voted "most likely to succeed" by his peers. Following high school, Miguel attended the United States Naval Academy and upon graduation from the USNA, Miguel was commissioned into the Marine Corps to become a pilot. Miguel received his pilot wings on July 24, 2020 and was selected to fly the Marine CH-53E helicopter at MCAS Miramar in San Diego, CA with the HMH-361 Squadron. Miguel was promoted to the Rank of Captain on November 1, 2021. His decorations include the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal and Sea Service Deployment Ribbon. Miguel loved the water and flying. He spent most summers boating on Long Lake in Traverse City, MI. 

His passion for flying started at a young age and led him into his career. Few things made him happier than being on the water or flying in the sky. 

Miguel is survived by the love of his life, Ryann, his beloved son Luca, along with his parents, Javier and Lisa, and brother Nikolas. He is also survived by his grandparents, Jo and Ken Marks, and grandmother, Luz Ma Reyes De Nava. In addition, he is survived by his in-laws, Laurie and Jay Andres, brother and sister-in-laws Barrett Andres, Devan Andres, Brittan (Andres) Bitar, Ellis Bitar and their children, Callen and Reese, along with many other loving family members and friends. He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Bonifacio Nava. 

Miguel was an exceptional man whom many admired. He exemplified all that is good and right in the world. He was a loving husband, father, son, brother, and friend. He will be remembered by many and his influence will be recognized beyond his time here.


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