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George H. Nagasaka
09/01/1921 — 01/25/2003
From Pasco, WA, US | Born in Toppenish, WA
George H. Nagasaka
George Hiroshi Nagasaka, 81 of Pasco, WA, passed away on January 25th, 2003. He was born on September 1, 1921 in Toppenish, WA to his father Ryokichi Nagasaka and mother Ko Nakayama. He then moved to Portland, Oregon in 1930. He was attending college of Idaho when his father called him back to help with the farm. He worked in Weiser, ID for 7years, Wilder, ID for 7 years and Basin City for 38 years. He and his wife Chiyo retired and moved to Pasco in October 1999.
George taught judo for 17 years. He taught in Portland, Hood River, Salem, Caldwell, Idaho, and Richland at a level-5 degree in Black Belt. He was chosen to represent the N.W. area in a North American Judo Championship. He coached three children from Richland and they went on to win metals a National Tournament. He also reached the honor of Sensei. George was very proud of all his students.
He is a former Lions member and was member of the Farm Bureau. Not only being active as members of clubs he also enjoyed fishing, hunting, singing and chatting at he Basin City Café. George loved his animals, particularly his dogs over the years. He also enjoyed traveling the open country while raising his family.
George is survived by his wife Chiyo Yamada of 56 years; brother Wright; sisters; Mitizi and Ayako; children Betty Jean Nagasaka Mattson, Robert Bobby Nagasaka; grandchildren Michelle Mattson and Brian Mattson and a large number of nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held tonight from 5pm to 8pm at Einans Funeral Home. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, January 29, 2003 also at Einans.
I am sorry for your loss. I am wishing you all the very best. Lonalee Hoogland
As a Judo competitor who did not win a lot of medals or trophies, I did win and take home medals only when Sensei Nagasaka was there to watch and coach,. I was too afraid to let him down..a great MAN…John Dawson Richland Dojo
Dear Chiyo and Family-
George was a great man. He always had a smile to share. He will be truly missed.
Chiyo, we wish you God’s blessings during this time. Know that George is with his Maker and is eternally happy. Our prayers are with you and your family always.
Betty, I just wanted to write and say I was sorry to see of your Dad’s death. My last visit with your parents was at their home on the farm when I took my daughter Emily out to visit with them about their experiences during WWII. They were so gracious to answer her questions and welcome us as they did. Our family is thinking of you and keeping your family in our prayers at this time. Please pass along our condolences to your Mom and Bob. May God bless all of you.
Our hearts are very sad today, our prayers are with you all . John Taylor, Gloria Smith Taylor, Clarence & Iris Smith & Family
Our hearts are heavy with news of Big George Nagasaka’s passing away.
His warm and gentle smile was always a welcome to all.
He was a good friend and neighbor in the Columbia Basin.
We cherish his memory.
Jean, Kathy,& Gordon Timmons
Hello Chiyo, Betty and Bobby,
I am sorry to hear of the loss of your husband and father. Jan told me by e-mail.
I send our greeting of sympathy to you.
Our Lord be with you always.
Sincerely, Sherri Hiatt Havell
Chiyo and family, just wanted you to know that we are thinking of you and we are so sorry for your loss. You were such very good neighbors to Ed, Gary, Faye and myself. Always enjoyed seeing you and George out walking. Sincerely The Siegfried family.