Nate Kaplan


Sept. 7, 2019 — Nate Kaplan passed away unexpectedly Aug. 28, 2019, at the age of 61.

Born in Palo Alto, Calif. on April 18, 1958, to Beverly and Donald Kaplan; he spent his youth in Danville, Calif. 

At age 12, Nate was awarded a full scholarship to University of The Pacific (UOP, Stockton, Calif.), where he studied music (primarily drumming and percussion) and performed with college music instructors for a 6-week program.

He spent his formative years in the San Francisco East Bay, where his interest in jazz music blossomed, following musicians such as Carlos Santana, Tower of Power, Flora Purim & Airto, Jefferson Starship and many others. 

His skill level as a drummer was so advanced that as a freshman, he joined the (all senior class) jazz ensemble in high school.

Later in life, Nate raised his two children as a single parent in Humboldt County, Calif., and played music whenever possible.

After moving to Florence in 2007 while working as an associate publisher for Blarney Publishing, his talents were soon discovered and he was playing regularly in Florence, particularly on Sunday nights at Travelers Cove.

Over the years he played several other venues all over Oregon.

In 2009, he met Judy Adams and they joined forces publishing the popular tourism magazine, “101 Things To Do, Western & Coastal Oregon.”

After living together for seven years, they were married in December 2017.

In 2016, they purchased their dream home where Nate set up a home recording studio. Nate was a passionate musician and spent much of his time composing music with fascinating rhythms and melodies.

In 2017, he fulfilled a lifelong dream by bringing his percussion idol, world-class artist Airto Moreira, to Florence for a concert. This allowed Nate the opportunity to make connections with other world-class musicians with whom he collaborated on several of his compositions.

His music can be found on Spotify and other streaming media.

He often donated his time to local singers. Nate founded the “Miles To Go” jazz quartet in 2015. He arranged concerts which raised funds for the Siuslaw School District music programs. He recorded the quartet and all proceeds from the CD sales also went to the school’s music programs.

Nate’s talents and energy have touched many lives and his passing leaves a huge void in the hearts of his family and friends. He will be sorely missed.

Nate is survived by his wife, Judy, son, Aaron, daughter Tara, stepsons Nathan (Carissa), Noah (Catrina), Jonah, sister, Lauren (Andre), brother Paul (Kyoko), father Donald (Sandra) and five grandchildren.

His mother preceded him in death.

A celebration of life will be forthcoming. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Nate’s name to the Siuslaw School District music programs.

Burns’s Riverside Chapel Florence Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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