Friends and CSA React to Death of Colleague

Mitsutoshi Nakahara worked as a case manager in the homeless services area at the Community Services Agency.

The loss of any one individual in Mountain View, affects us all. This will be the case with Mitsutoshi "Michi" Nakahara.

"Michi was a very well-liked member of the staff and he was very popular," said Tom Myers, executive director of the Community Services Agency. Myers explained that Nakahara first started as an intern and after a year, came on board as a full-time staff member. "The staff was very distraught when we received the news."

Nakahara, who lived in Sunnyvale, had worked as a case manager at CSA in Mountain View for a year and helped provide services to the homeless. CSA assists people in Mountain View, Los Altos and Los Altos Hills. He died Monday in a motorcycle accident on Highway 85.

"CSA is a community service treasure for the Mountain View area. The employees are amazing and it sounds like Michi was a wonderful person," said Councilwoman Laura Macias. "My sympathies to his family, friends and CSA."

Director of Volunteers at CSA Alison Hopkins simply said "we are completely devastated here."

Ken Starr, who works at Momentum for Mental Health in San Jose, said Nakahara had gone to San Jose State University to get his Master of Social Work degree, and interned at Momentum for a year as part of the degree requirement.

"He is one of those guys that everyone just loved," Starr said. "He always went the extra mile."

Momentum provides an array of services for youth and adults who are recovering from emotional and mental illnesses. Nakahara worked in the Full Service Partnership Program, which Starr manages. The program serves individuals who have a diagnosis of serious mental illness, helping them re-enter the community. 

Starr attended Nakahara's graduation a year ago, he said, and met his parents from Japan. Nakahara would drop by Momentum from time to time because he maintained friendships with members of the staff, Starr said.

"We were very sad in our team meeting Wednesday," he said. "He was a reliable, good guy."

A friend of Nakahara left a comment on the article about the accident. "He truly was a great guy and will be sorely missed," he said.

On CSA's Facebook page, Javier Chavez also mourned the loss of his friend.

"I'm very sad for the lost of one of your member, Michi Nakahara, a very great person and wonderful human been, I'm sad that he will not be there anymore to try to help people as he always did...R.I.P My beautiful friend., we will always remember your smile."

Did you know Nakahara? What will you remember about him? Share your thoughts in the comments section.


Related stories:

  • Motorcyclist Killed on SB Highway 85 in Mountain View
  • UPDATE: Motorcyclist Killed on Highway 85 Worked at CSA

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