June 27, 1951 -
July 14, 2020
Nathan Kyle Coleman, age 69, of Adkins, Texas left this world much too soon on Tuesday, July 14, 2020 at his residence. Kyle, as he was known to everyone, was born June 27, 1951 in San Antonio, Texas to Jimmy S. Coleman and Peggy Jean (Hurd) Coleman. He attended Wayland Baptist University in San Antonio where he earned his bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice. He married Edna D. Ramos on July 31, 1988 in San Antonio.
Kyle began his career with Bexar County law enforcement shortly after graduating from Sam Houston High School in 1982. A dedicated deputy, Kyle quickly rose through the ranks of the Bexar County Sheriff's Office. As a sergeant, Kyle saw the devastating impact that gang activity had on neighborhoods and the local youth in the community and led the department's gang unit. His dedication to the job knew no bounds. In 1995, without a thought to his own safety, he rushed into a burning local nursing home and saved every resident. He was later awarded the Medal of Valor by the Bexar County Sheriff's Office. He once again answered the call for help when natural disaster struck and laid the foundation for the Bexar County Emergency Department in 2005.
In 2012, he was named Bexar County Emergency Management Coordinator and held that position at the time of his death. During his tenure as the Emergency Management Coordinator, Kyle continued to bring the County through natural disasters such as Hurricane Katrina, Rita, and Harvey, among others. Recognizing that disasters don't care about county lines, he helped create the Alamo Area Incident Management Team, which is the first All-Hazards Incident Management Team for the State of Texas that assists throughout the region. His knowledge and skills for managing teams of people, supplies and the calming approach in the face of chaos, earned him the respect of his peers across the country and he was regarded as a subject matter expert by Federal, State and Local Responders and officials. He leaves a legacy of excellence in the Bexar County Emergency Management Department, widely respected and commended, and dedicated to preparedness, response, recovery and mitigation. His ability to transcend physical and political boundaries to bring relief to communities in need set him apart during uncertain times.
Kyle has over 30 years experience in emergency management and has been described as a "great, great public servant". Kyle was a kind-hearted individual, deeply loved and respected by all who knew him, worked with him, and rode with him. His spirited laughter could light up a room. His sensitivity and guidance was always a calming presence in the face of adversity and disaster.
Inspired by his family's life long connection to trail rides, he enjoyed riding horses. His father started leading the Alamo Trail Rides in the 1960's and Kyle took over as the "Trail Boss" in 1986 and has led them ever since. He was also a member of the First United Methodist Church.
Funeral Services for Kyle Coleman will be held at 9:00am Friday, July 24, 2020 at the Freeman Coliseum, 3201 East Houston St. in San Antonio. Due to state and local emergency orders, attendees will not be allowed to leave their vehicles and capacity will be limited. Local news outlets will stream the services. Graveside services will be held at 1:30pm Friday at the East Sweden Cemetery, near Brady. Friends may view and/or sign Kyle Coleman's online memorial guest book at www.leatherwoodmemorialchapels.com. Those wishing to send their condolences to the family may submit them online at www.bexar.org. For more information on services, please visit www.bexar.org
Kyle is survived by his loving wife, of 31 years, Edna D. Coleman of Adkins, Texas; sons Daniel Vera and David Vera; sister Janie E. Milikein and husband Marshal of Adkins, Texas; grandsons Daniel Vera and Holden Jacola and nephews Jacob Milikein and wife Jen and Joshua Milikein. He was preceded in death by his parents. Memorial contributions in memory of Nathan Kyle Coleman may be made to the 100 Club of San Antonio, P. O. Box 6741, San Antonio, Texas 78209 or online at www.100clubsa.org.