Lodi City Councilman Alan Nakanishi's son, a Lassen County judge candidate, has succumbed to injuries he received in a rafting accident celebrating Father's Day.
Jon and Alan Nakanishi were in the same raft on the Truckee River when Jon Nakanishi fell into the icy waters last weekend.
Sacramento attorney and family friend Brian Taylor, speaking on behalf of the Nakanishi family, announced the death of the 42-year-old father of three at Tahoe Forest Hospital in Truckee.
At 8:40 p.m. Thursday, Taylor issued a brief statement to an online Susanville publication: "Jon's family would like to sincerely thank Tahoe Forest hospital, their physicians, and staff for the excellent and compassionate care they provided."
The San Joaquin County Republication Party conveyed their condolences on Twitter on Friday morning, stating that the Nakanishi family were in their thoughts and prayers. Dozens more were posted on Jon Nakanishi's personal Facebook page and a number of Lassen County news outlet websites.
In an interview earlier this week, Alan Nakanishi told the News-Sentinel his son was able to swim to the river's bank after the accident, but when he got out of the water he collapsed. His brother-in-law gave him CPR and he was resuscitated, Alan Nakanishi said at the time.
Jon Nakanishi was taken to the Tahoe Forest Hospital in Truckee, and was in a medically induced coma where he was listed as stable as recently as Tuesday. The family remained hopeful and said they put their trust in God that everything would be OK.
Jon Nakanishi, an attorney in Susanville, served as Lassen Superior Court Family Law Facilitator and a judge of Lassen Teen Court.
He had just won the June primary for Lassen Superior Court judge. In his candidacy statement, Jon Nakanishi credited his family — especially his U.S. war veteran father — for his love of America.
Alan Nakanishi, a retired Lodi ophtamologist, has served several terms on the Lodi City Council, was a past a mayor and former state Assemblyman.
Jon Nakanishi was raised in Lodi, went on to graduate from University of the Pacific's McGeorge School of Law and had made his home in Susanville. He is survived by his wife, Rochelle, and three daughters.
Contact reporter Jennifer Bonnett at firstname.lastname@example.org.