Kaizer Albino, Sr., 52, of Benicia, Calif., passed away on March 7, 2009 after a brief illness.
Kaizer was born on March 14, 1956 in
Honolulu. During his early years he lived in Heeia Kea, Kaneohe, Hawaii, with his family. His humble,
tin-roofed home was located on a dirt road and his father would fish everyday to provide dinner. When Kaizer was seven years old, he moved away from his family to live with his Aunty Shirley Jones and Uncle Mickey Jones in Richmond, Calif. He spent many happy years there and was involved with the Boy Scouts and karate at Wolf's Kempo Karate where he earned his first-degree black belt.
When Kaizer was 14, his father suddenly passed away in Hawaii. Kaizer then returned home to Hawaii to be with his mother and siblings. During this time, he attended Castle High School in Kanoehe, and spent many days surfing with friends and family.
At age 17, Kaizer joined the Coast Guard and served for six years in Hawaii, including
one year stationed on the small island of Enewetok (500 yards wide and 2 miles long) in the Marshall Islands. Upon his discharge
from the Coast Guard in May 1980, he returned to his Aunt and Uncle's home in Richmond.
Kaizer knew he wanted to be a police officer and soon was hired on as a reserve police officer with the El Cerrito Police Department. He also began working as a security guard for
St. Mary's College. During this time he met his future wife, Lori. She said she knew the moment she laid eyes on Kaizer that she would marry him someday. Kaizer and Lori were married on Oct. 20, 1981 in Honolulu.
When their first child, Kai Jr. , was about a year old, Kaizer left the El Cerrito police force and St. Mary's
College to join the Oakland School District Police Department in 1983. Two more children were born, Kaleo in 1987 and Gabby in 1992.
Kaizer was eventually promoted to the rank of sergeant, and after
19 years with the School District Police, he transferred to the Oakland Police Department where he worked in the patrol division.
It was around this time that Kaizer purchased the car of his lifelong dreams, a red 1971 Detomaso Pantera. He spent many hours driving and tinkering with his dream car, and attended many car club meetings.
Kaizer had recently transferred to a foot patrol assignment at OPD, and loved being a walking officer on
Telegraph Avenue in Oakland.
Kaizer had many passions in his life with the number one being his family.
He was a devoted father and husband and kept in close touch with extended family. He also loved his job as an
Oakland police officer, his good friends, his Pantera, Hawaii, Hawaiian food, BluRay DVD movies, buying items on eBay, and his dog (Oso) among many other things.
Kaizer was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Benicia, the Oakland Police Officers' Association, The
Pantera Club of Northern California, and the Pantera Owner's Club of America.
Although his life ended far too soon, he left a legacy of love, friendship and good times which will never be forgotten.
Kaizer is survived by his wife, Lori Albino; two sons, Kaizer Jr., and Kaleo; one daughter, Gabrielle; sisters, Donna Yoshihara, Jayneen Tubb (Jim), Chyrel Albino, Tita Kala (Kamana) and Casey Thysell (Pete); brothers, Ipo Albino (Dino),
Terence Albino (Kim) and Heine Lum; brother-in-law, Wally Stephens (Dee); sister-in-law,
Connie Scribner (Jerry); Aunty Shirley Jones, Uncle Mickey Jones and many other aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceeded in death by his parents, Moses and Johanna Albino; brother, Teeny Jones; sister, Melanie Lum; brother-in-law, Tommy Yoshihara; mother-in-law, Patricia DeGeorgis; and father-in-law, Peter DeGeorgis.
Visitation will be held at Passalacqua Funeral Chapel, 901 West 2nd Street, Benicia, from 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday, March 15. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, March 16, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 1125 Southampton Road, Benicia, Calif.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Kaizer's name to the Oakland Police
Emergency Net (Open) 555 5th St., Oakland, CA 94607, Attn: Renee Hassna.