Charles Sakai succumbed to cancer after living in Colorado Springs for 20 years. He was dedicated to community service, especially on behalf of Veterans, mental health education, and grassroots politics. Born in Ewa, Hawaii, Charles earned two bachelors and one masters degrees, and served active duty in the U.S. Army from 1981-1998, receiving an honorable discharge. He was active in the El Paso County GOP. Devoted to people with mental illnesses, Charles worked tirelessly with the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) of Colorado Springs, co-founded the state DBSA organization and BrainStorm Career Services, served on the Colorado Mental Health Planning and Advisory Council, supported establishment of a mental health court, and advocated for better behavioral health care for Veterans. Charles was a teacher, volunteer employment counselor, assistant choir director, and editor of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints stake newsletter. A memorial will be at DBSA's Faces of Recovery program Saturday, May 5 at 1:00PM. A family service is March 30 at the Punchbowl National Memorial Center, Oahu, Hawaii. Contributions in Charles' memory may be made to DBSA-CS, 2132 E. Bijou St, Suite 112, Colorado Springs, CO 80909.
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Published in The Gazette on Mar. 21, 2012