OBITUARY: Frank Yonekazu Tanaka

Frank Yonekazu Tanaka

Frank Yonekazu Tanaka

(92), passed away peacefully at his home in San Francisco on Dec. 14, 2013.

He was born in San Francisco on Jan. 28, 1921. After internment at Heart Mountain relocation camp during WWII, he moved to New York and earned a BA from NYU. He served in the Army MIS as an interpreter during the war trials in Japan. Following his military service he returned to New York and earned an MBA from NYU. While in New York he met his future wife, Edith. They settled in San Francisco where he founded his successful travel business, Tanaka Travel Service. He escorted numerous tour groups traveling around the world, catering to the Japanese American community. Upon retirement he enjoyed gardening, painting and being a grandpa.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Edith, his daughters Susan, (husband, Kurtis Chin), Carol, (husband Clifford Chow), Joan (husband Mitchell Lam) and his grandchildren Ryan and Alex Chin, Erin and Allyson Chow and Kelsey and Nicholas Lam. He was predeceased by his son, Robert.

Frank requested that there be no service. Donations can be made in his memory to Kimochi, Inc. 1715 Buchanan, SF, CA 94115 or to your favorite charity.

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