Kenji Matsuoka (1998 - 2015)

  • "Still spend a lot of time thinking about Kenji and the..."
  • "Always in our hearts and memory. Rest In Peace Kenji"
    - Rojas family
  • "He was a beautiful person. I only knew him for a brief time..."
    - Emilia Simpson
  • "I missed him from the moment he left Edmonton. I think..."
    - Olivia McDonald
  • "I still think about Kenji and how much I miss him everyday...."
    - J

Anchorage resident Kenji Doroff Matsuoka, 17, passed away unexpectedly at home in Anchorage, Alaska, on Aug. 21, 2015. Kenji was born on Jan. 16, 1998, in Anchorage. He attended Service High School and participated with the Student Conservation Association and the Anchorage Parks and Recreation helping to restore and build trails. Kenji enjoyed working the last two summers on hiking trails that we all walk on in Alaska. He spent the last summer rebuilding trails around Exit Glacier in Seward, Alaska, and spent the summer of 2015 working on trails in the Anchorage Bowl, including the path to Kinkaid Beach. Kenji gave service to our community; he enjoyed teaching children through Challenge Alaska how to ski and also volunteered at the Anchorage Folk Festival. Kenji enjoyed artwork; his skills ranged from graffitti in Edmonton, nature photography and drawing. He was an outdoor enthusiast, a body builder and all around workout friend. He delighted in skiing, bench-pressing his younger brother, martial arts and meditation. The family shared that, "Kenji is a bright and beautiful part of the lives of his family, friends and community. He lived his life fully, accepted challenges and joyfully shared what he learned with others. His guitar playing was extraordinary and filled his home and community spaces with beautiful music. He grew up in the foothills of the Chugach; wild spaces were an integral part of who he was. He had a 120-watt grin and was beautiful inside and out. Kenji was a talented artist and liked to express himself with detailed drawings, stencils and poetry. His thoughtful, gentle and introspective approach to life will be greatly missed. He loved his family and friends with all of his heart and he knew how much they loved him." Kenji is survived by his loving mother, Carla Doroff and father, Steve Matsuoka of Anchorage; his brother, Toshio Matsuoka of Anchorage; his grandparents, Jan and Lloyd Matsuoka of Castro Valley, Calif.; his grandmother, Eleanor Doroff of Little Falls, Minn.; aunt, Angie Doroff of Homer, Alaska; his uncle and aunt, Matt Matsuoka and Kari Gim and their son, Jack; and his aunt and uncle, Delores and David Steinlight. Arrangements are under the care of the Anchorage Funeral Home; you are invited to visit Kenji's online obituary and guest book at
Published in Anchorage Daily News on Aug. 26, 2015