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George Nakayama

2016 Inductee

George Nakayama (1921-1990) was a second generation Japanese American, an athlete and coach, business man, lifelong educator, and community leader in Colorado Springs and Fountain Valley. Born in Rocky Ford, Colorado to a farming family, he graduated from Rocky Ford High School and was the first Japanese American on the wrestling team at University of Denver. He earned a teaching degree from Colorado State College, later teaching and coaching in Trinidad. The owner of two grocery stores in Colorado Springs, including Six Point Market, George and his family specialized in providing authentic Japanese food and personal, caring service to community members including Rev. Milton E. Proby.

George was dedicated to his community, serving as a PTO President, board member of Pikes Peak Board of Cooperative Services, elder and deacon at First Christian Church, and as a lifetime member of the Security Lions Club. An avid sports fan and supporter of local schools, George was twice elected to the Widefield School District 3 Board of Education and was a member of the Colorado Springs Quarterback Club. Over the years, George and his family hosted various military families and international visitors.