OBITUARY: George “Masao” Hiromoto

Hiromoto, George “Masao,” 91, born June 27, 1921, George “Masao” Hiromoto, a life long resident and farmer from Clarksburg, Calif. passed peacefully while visiting Maui, Hawaii on March 31, 2013. A funeral followed by a “Burial at Sea” were held in Lahaina, Maui. Preceding him in death are his father Kiichi and mother Kichiko (Fujita); brother Harold (Maizie) and sisters: Yoshiko; Toshiko (Toshiaki) Abe; Rose (Bob) Watanabe and grandson Todd Hiromoto. His surviving sibling is Susan(George) Goto. George leaves his wife Sachi of 64 years, sons Stephen(Donna) and Lindsay and daughters Carole and Helene. Grandchildren: Lance Yamamoto (Nicole Goi); Kimeri (Steven) Harvey; Sara and Geof Hiromoto. Great Grandchildren: Lauren and Genevieve Yamamoto and Brycen Harvey.

Following graduation from Rio Vista High School, he was interned with his family to the Gila Bend Relocation Camp, Arizona, a result of President Roosevelt’s War time evacuation order. Prior to his release from camp, he was inducted into the US Army. Fluently bi-lingual, George joined the highly acclaimed Military Intelligence Service serving under General MacArthur in post war Japan. George received a distinguished “Gold Medal” from the U.S. Congress a year ago. He was introduced upon the California State Assembly Floor this past February honoring him and his fellow Nisei Veterans on their “Day of Remembrance.”

Upon completion of his military duties, George returned to farm in Clarksburg’s Holland Tract raising row crops along with his father and brother. The success of his business attracted his two sons to join the operation in the 1970’s. George remained active with agri-business related issues as well as state, county, community and church affairs. His childhood love of sports continued throughout his life time. He proudly recollected playing baseball for the Gila River Camp team. Later years found him supporting his son’s and daughter’s school sports, followed by those of his grandchildren. He volunteered as umpire for Geof’s school baseball games and relished the title of #1 supporter for Sara’s Barons basketball team. George spent his recent years as an avid fan supporting local major and minor league teams.

Friends are invited to a “Celebration of Life” for George on Saturday, April 20th at the Sacramento Buddhist Church, 2401 Riverside Blvd., Sacramento, Calif. from 1:30-4pm. Attire will be festive as was his wish.

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