Kazuki passed away at Doctor's Medical Center in San Pablo after a short
illness, due to complications related to Scarlet Fever.
Kazuki was born in Shizuoka Japan to Shigeru and Shizuko Nakamori. He attended the Kokushikan University and competed for the university as a varsity team member in intercollegiate and Japanese championships in gymnastics. He continued to compete following his graduation in the open division. His favorite event was high bar.
Following his retirement from gymnastics, Kazuki moved to Albany California and soon after married his wife Tamae on October 10, 1984. Kazuki and Tamae are the parents of a son, Sho, born in 1985, and a daughter, Alisa, born in 1987.
Kazuki coached gymnastics at Stanford University's club program for over a decade, commuting daily from Albany. His gymnasts included his son Sho who became a six-time junior national team member. He was the head coach of the 2002 Pacific Alliance junior team and for the past year and a half was coaching at Golden Bear Gymnastics, UC Berkeley's club program. He was currently coaching two junior national team members and preparing his entire team for the Junior Olympic National Championships in May. Kazuki also has coached international competitions and training camps.
According to Kazuki's long time friend Sadao Hamada, Kazuki was always thinking gymnastics. His motto was to work hard and never give up. He loved gymnastics. His dream was to coach his son Sho at the Olympics. Sho is currently training at the Olympic training center in Colorado Springs and will be attending Stanford University in the fall and will be a team member on their gymnastics team.
Kazuki's daughter Arisa, is a student of Kendo, the art of traditional Japanese fencing. Kazuki was looking forward to her being a member of the USA team and competing in the World Championships for Kendo in 2006. Arisa is currently a junior at Albany High School and would like to go to UC Berkeley, where her father hoped she would attend.
His wife Tamae, children Sho and Arisa, all of Albany, his parents Shigeru and Shizuko of Japan, and his sister Noriko Handa of Japan, survive Kazuki.
Funeral Services were held on Monday March 22, 2004 at 5:30 pm at the Sunset View Cemetetery, 101 Colusa Avenue, El Cerrito, CA. (510) 525-5111. Donations, in lieu of flowers can be made to the Kazuki Nakamori Family Memorial Fund at the Mechanics Bank, Kensington Branch, 279 Arlington Ave. Kensington, CA 94708. (510) 527-2223.