On April 26, 2021, Pamela A. Nakamoto, passed away after a brief battle with aggressive breast cancer. Pam was born on January 18, 1953, in Huntington Park, Calif., to Ted and Mary Mosier. Growing up in Paramount, Calif., Pam enjoyed spending weekends with her parents at their auction yard in San Bernardino, skiing on Lake Havasu, and ice skating. Pam graduated from Paramount High School in 1971 and earned a B.A. in Political Science from Utah State University in 1975.

After college, Pam returned to Paramount to work for the family business – selling retail / wholesale building materials. In 1984 Pam moved to Humboldt County to manage a new storefront in McKinleyville and it was in Humboldt that Pam would meet her husband, have children, and cultivate a full life for her and her family.

Pam’s fierce devotion to her family was well matched by her business acumen, grit and solution-oriented mindset. She often served as a member, or officer, on various school and sports boards; helping to organize everything from swanky fundraisers to tee-ball pizza parties, and parades. Pam was always present at her sons’ sporting events or doing makeup behind the scenes at her daughter’s dance recitals.

Pam was an avid gardener and a sparkling conversationalist; walkers on the Hammond Trail always stopped to admire the flowers in her garden. She was a person of quick wit with a wonderful sense of humor who delighted in a visit from one of her “regulars.”

Pam enjoyed spending summers meeting new friends and seeing performances while she volunteered at the Britt Festival in Jacksonville, Oregon.

Pam is survived by her husband, Rodney; children: John, Teddi, and Bobby, grandchildren: Averie and Carter; brother, Jim; sisters, Valerie and Pat; and numerous nephews and nieces. She was preceded in death by her parents Ted and Mary, as well as a son, Paul.

How lucky we all have been to have known and loved Pamela Anne Nakamoto. Pam loved all pets but especially her dogs. Memorial donations can be made to Miranda’s Rescue (1603 Sandy Prairie Road, Fortuna, CA 95540).


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