OBITUARY: Yonekazu ‘Yone’ Satoda

Yonekazu ‘Yone’ Satoda

SATODA, YONEKAZU “YONE,” 96, died peacefully at his home in San Francisco on December 6, 2017. He is survived by his wife, Daisy Uyeda Satoda; children Caroline (Al Suen), Nancy and David (Allie); grandsons Christopher, Nicholas and Timothy Suen and David Jr and Tyler Satoda; sister Fumiye Yebisu and many other relatives.

Yone was born in Hanford, CA and graduated from UC Berkeley with a B.S. in Business Administration and from Golden Gate University with a B.A. in Accounting. During World War II, he and his family were relocated to a wartime concentration camp in Jerome, AK. Yone served in the US Army and was stationed with the Military Intelligence Service in Japan following WWII. He retired with the rank of Major. Yone was active in the community and was a strong supporter of Japanese American causes, serving as the National Treasurer of the Japanese American Citizens League and as President of the Board of Directors of both Asian, Inc. and the Buddhist Church of San Francisco.
Yone loved vacationing in Hawaii, watching local sports teams and tracking the stock market. He was grateful to have lived long enough to see his grandsons go to college. He told anyone who would listen that he was “the luckiest man alive” and that he had “no regrets.”
We will miss his kind heart and generous spirit. A private service will be held.

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