Obituary of Gerald Nobuo Fujii |

Obituary of Gerald Nobuo Fujii

Gerald Fujii

Gerald “Jerry” Nobuo Fujii passed away Sept. 10, 2015. He was 72.

Jerry was born in Rohwer Relocation Center, Arkansas, the only son of Harry Shigeru Fujii and Tomiko (Dobashi) Fujii. He lived in Arkansas for a short time but spent most of his early years in Los Angeles, California.

Jerry attended Occidental College, Notre Dame, and CSU Humboldt, where he completed degrees in physics and fisheries biology. He then taught at Chatsworth High School for 20 years.

In L.A., Jerry and his first wife, Nancy, had two children, Erin and Jeff. Shortly thereafter, they moved to Nevada City, where Jerry taught for nearly 20 years at Nevada Union High School.

He inspired many students by emphasizing the elegance and fun of physics and science. He spent his free time fly-fishing and skiing in the Sierra Nevada mountains, perhaps the real reason for moving to Northern California.

Later in life, Jerry met Christy, a loving partner with whom he shared his passions for fish, food, wine, and the outdoors. When he retired from teaching, he moved to Kernville, California, to share a life with her and continue his adventures.

In retirement, he happily contributed many volunteer hours to golden trout research and restoration.

Fly-fishing was Jerry’s defining lifelong passion. He ventured on extreme hikes and backcountry trips in search of good fishing. Friends who accompanied him usually returned with hair-raising tales of an adventure or “shortcut” that was routine for Jerry.

He was fortunate to travel the world in pursuit of his favorite sport and there were few, if any, locations that he wanted to see that he did not experience. His fishing skill earned him the respect of many fishermen, though Jerry would probably call his own ability “adequate.”

Jerry passed away during his second encounter with lymphoma. Prior to his passing, he eagerly anticipated teaching his grandchildren, Charlie, Sylvia, and Morgan, about “a four-count rhythm and the hope that a fish will rise.” (Norman Maclean)

Donations in Jerry’s honor may be made to his favorite charity, The Carter Center. Memorial gatherings will be held in Kernville, California and Northern California at later dates. For information on the gatherings, contact his family at

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