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Nakato Family

April 23, 2009, my children, Ashleigh and Kendall, lost their best friend - their dad - Joe Nakato. Joe was a wonderful father, and I am thankful that we had him in our lives for the time we did. He found true happiness in his children; they were the pure delight of his life. I hope that I can instill in them the qualities I admired most about him: kindness, generosity, compassion for others. I will remind them everyday of his love for them. We are just beginning to heal our hearts. We will carry him always in our hearts, along with the scar of our loss.

-Stephanie, mother of Ashleigh and Kendall

I miss my dad a lot. He was my best friend. I wish I could hug him one more time. I will always remember how much fun we had together. I can’t believe he is really gone.

- Kendall

"The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” Psalm 23