Hisashi Harold Nakamoto, 92, passed away peacefully on August 2, 2010 in Woodland, California.
He was born on April 26, 1918, to Tamakichi Nakamoto and Suyeno Sugiyabu, immigrants from Japan. Harold lived most of his life in Gridley, California, where he farmed peaches and other orchard crops following his WW II service in the Allied Translator and Interpreter Service, U.S. Army, 1941-45. Harold enjoyed 42 years of marriage to Masako “Masa” Sakaoka who he dearly missed since her passing on March 29, 1992. In 2000, he moved to Davis to be closer to his daughters. Harold enjoyed talking with others and learning about their lives, often putting their concerns above his own.
Preceded in death by his brothers Norobu, Joe, Bob and Ray and sisters May and Yuri.
He leaves behind his loving daughters Carol (and husband Ken) Lauher, Arlene (and Will) Boeger, and Brenda Nakamoto (and Shawn Smallwood), as well as grandchildren Breyon Lauher, Nathan and Adam (and wife Jamie) Boeger, and Toshi and Noriko Smallwood, and many nephews and nieces.
Harold enjoyed ballroom dancing, working in the orchards and in his shed, and spending time with family. He worked hard all his life, overcoming poverty and other obstacles to build a profitable farming business. He will be missed. The family would like to give special thanks to caregivers Miriam Faris, Pat Lindsay and Laura Gomez and Dr. Sameera Sandhu for assisting Harold in his later years.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., on August 15, 2010, at the Buddhist Church, in Marysville, California. All are welcome to attend.