|Birth: ||Feb. 11, 1983|
Longview (Cowlitz County)
|Death: ||Mar. 5, 2012|
Los Angeles County
Former local resident Damina Nesbit-Green, 29, passed away March 5, 2012, in Los Angeles.
She was born Feb. 11, 1983, in Longview. Damina attended Olympic Elementary and graduated from R.A. Long High School in 2000. Damina excelled in sports, particularly in volleyball, and was recognized as an all-conference player in high school.
Damina moved to Portland after graduating where she worked as a barrista at Starbucks. She moved to Los Angeles in 2003, then to Yellow Springs, Ohio, where she attended Antioch College. She returned to LA in 2005, married Jason Green and attended Los Angeles City College for whom she played volleyball, before transferring to the University of California Los Angeles with a major in communications. For financial and health reasons, she was a part-time student at UCLA for an extended time.
Diagnosed with a brain tumor three years ago, she nevertheless doggedly pursued her degree. Even though the cancer was eating away her ability to see the words in her textbooks, she found ways to overcome the growing obstacles. UCLA recognized her as a graduate, just days before her passing.
She was a member of the Baha'i Faith and enjoyed volleyball, basketball, soccer and art. Damina was very goal-oriented, almost daily composing a "to do" list. It is the world's great loss that she didn't have the time to finish it. But we all will continue to receive blessings as she checks off her "to do"s in the next world.
Damina was loving, pure-hearted, determined, and wise beyond her years. She was a truly awesome woman, cherished by her husband and loved by all whose lives she touched.
Survivors include her husband, Jason Green at home; her mother, Nikki (Kalisch) Jones of Longview; her father, Roger Nesbit of Portland; two brothers, Kai Nesbit of Longview and Kjell Nesbit of Vancouver; and her grandmother, Joan Kalisch of Longview.
Damina was preceded in death by a brother, Bryn Nesbit.
A memorial service is planned for 1 p.m. April 14 at the Dance Pavilion at Oaks Park, 7805 SE Oaks Park Way in Portland. Damina did not want anyone getting "dismal" over her, so we are asking all attending to come wearing bright colors ready to share your happy and joyful memories of this precious soul.
Memorial contributions may be made to the National Brain Tumor Society at www.braintumor.org.
Interment has taken place at Forest Lawn - Hollywood Hills Cemetery in Los Angeles.
Sunday Obituary: Damina Nesbit-Green loved fiercely and danced to the end
Damina Nesbit-Green always looked out for others.
Whether it was washing the dishes for her brothers so they wouldn't get in trouble growing up, volunteering with a street outreach program for the homeless or helping spice up the wardrobe of her 20-something-year-old friend who dressed like a soccer mom, the Longview native strived to help whenever she could.
"She was more concerned about everybody else's welfare than her own," said her father, Roger
Nesbit. "And it wasn't an act. She really cared for everyone she came into contact with."
Damina Nesbit-Green, 29, died on March 5 in Los Angeles after a three year "dance" with cancer.
"She decided she wasn't going to fight it anymore," said Nesbit, after his daughter realized treatments were having no effect on her brain tumor. "She said ‘I'm going to dance with cancer. I'm not going to fight it.' "
The 2000 R.A. Long graduate was the only girl in her family and the best athlete among her siblings. She was an all-conference volleyball player and also played basketball and soccer. Her character carried over onto the court and pitch.
"Her personality centered on protecting the goal, and anticipating what the opposition was going to do with the ball, and getting there first," said her father, who coached her soccer team. "Her satisfaction in playing was smacking away the threat. In other words, her soccer personality was Super Mom. She was everybody's mother. She mothered her brothers, she mothered her father. She mothered her mother. … She was a mother to us all, and no doubt still is."
Nesbit-Green moved to Portland after she graduated and worked as a barista before moving to Los Angeles in 2003. She took a brief hiatus from school before pursuing college to "educate herself," she wrote in her University of California-Los Angeles application letter.
"I wanted to become a well-rounded individual, one that would someday open a youth center," Nesbit-Green wrote. "I have always felt a responsibility to humanity. Feeling a sense of responsibility and understanding that responsibility are two different matters. Locating myself in this world and finding my passion in life is a process that I am very committed to."
Nesbit-Green returned from a short stint at Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio, to Los Angeles in 2005 and married Jason Green. She would start at UCLA shortly after.
When the brain tumor diagnosis came three years ago, Nesbit-Green remained a part-time student at UCLA. She was committed to finishing her communications degree, and her student status enabled her to maintain her health insurance. And despite the cancer undermining her ability to see the words in her textbooks, she continued to pursue her education and was recognized by UCLA as a graduate days before she died.
"She worked really hard at everything she did," said her brother, Kai Nesbit. "Even though I was older, I idolized her in a lot of ways, and I'd brag about her all the time. … She was probably the sincerest person I've ever known and the most conscientious."
Nesbit-Green is survived by her husband, Jason Green; her mother, Nikki (Kalisch) Jones of Longview; her father, Roger Nesbit of Portland; two brothers, Kai Nesbit of Longview and Kjell Nesbit of Vancouver; and her grandmother, Joan Kalisch of Longview.
Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Hollywood Hills)
Los Angeles County
Created by: Denise Gill
Record added: Apr 15, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 88545777