Buddhist Church of Sacramento
2401 Riverside Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95818
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Gary Y. Nakashima

1948 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
Gary Y. Nakashima Obituary

April 3, 1948 - March 4, 2017

Gary Y. Nakashima, 68, passed away peacefully at home in Sacramento, CA following a very brief battle with cancer. His family rallied with him. Gary was born April 3, 1948, in Dinuba, CA. He and four siblings were raised in Dinuba.

He is predeceased by his older sister, Iris Kawano, and his parents, Bud and Alice Nakashima.

He is survived by his loving wife, Mitzi; daughters Kacey Nakashima (Tyler Harris); Mindy Iwanaka (Lance); Jamie Nakashima (fiancée Alex Francisco); grandchildren, Emi and Elle Harris, and Evan and Drew Iwanaka. Gary is also survived by his brother-in-law, Richard Kawano; sister, Kay (Art); brothers Harvey (Diana) and Steve (Diane); and several nieces and nephews.

Gary graduated from Dinuba High School, Reedley College, Fresno State College, and CA State University, Sacramento, where he obtained his Masters Degree in Education Counseling. Gary was honorably discharged from the United States Air Force after serving from 1971 to 1975 as a Medic at Travis Air Force Base, Fairfield, CA.

Gary began working for the State of California, Department of Health Services, Berkeley, CA in 1975 with the Medic Program serving veterans. In 1977, the Medic Program was moved to Sacramento, CA, where he continued his work as an Analyst in various programs in the Department of Health Services including the Civil Rights Office and Medi-Cal; and as an Education Consultant for the Bureau for Private Post-Secondary Education; Department of Consumer Affairs and Department of Veterans Affair, where he retired in 2007. After a few years in retirement, Gary went back to work as a retired annuitant until April 2011.

Gary enjoyed walking his two dogs, loved visiting the different casinos in the local area and Las Vegas. He enjoyed visiting and traveling to different places with Mitzi and when possible, with his family. Gary always loved attending his grandchildren's activities and events, and spending time with them. After retirement, he enjoyed his get-togethers with friends and family. Gary was a big sports fan and loved attending his annual River Cats game with friends, Kings games, or watching games on his big screen including the Kings, SF Giants, Golden State Warriors, and the Oakland Raiders.

Gary was a member of the Florin Buddhist Church and Buddhist Church of Sacramento. While his girls were in elementary, middle and high school, Gary was always involved in the sports program; in the bleacher or coaching instructional basketball with Jamie. He loved all of the time he could spend with his girls and their families. Gary also was involved in helping with the sushi making and cooking chicken for the annual church bazaar.

Services will be held on Friday, March 17th at 2:00 p.m. at the Buddhist Church of Sacramento, 2401 Riverside Blvd., Sacramento, CA 95818.
Published in Appeal Democrat from Mar. 11 to Mar. 13, 2017
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