OBITUARY: David Fujio Asano

David Fujio Asano

Nov. 11, 1932 — July 18, 2022

ASANO, DAVID FUJIO, 89, of Sonoma, Calif., passed away on July 18, 2022, after suffering a stroke.

Born in San Francisco, Calif. on November 11, 1932, the son of Kohei and Michiye Asano, nephew of Shichinosuke and Naka Asano. He is survived by his wife, Susie Shizue Asano; Karen Michiko (Eric) Barnes of Granada Hills, Calif.; Curtis Yukio Asano (Monica) of Sonoma, Calif.; grandchildren, Davis Fujihiro Asano and Jordan Shizuo Asano of American Canyon, Calif. He was preceded in death by his sister, Dorcas Sachiye Nakao, brother, Paul Sachiyo Asano, and sister, Mary Yuriko Yamaguma.

His early years were spent learning and discovering the small world within Nihonmachi and accompanying his father who worked for the Nichi Bei Times. World War II and the evacuation uprooted their family and they eventually settled in Utah where he met and married his wife, Susie. He graduated from the University of Utah and became an accomplished architect and worked for firms in Chicago, Osaka and San Francisco. Some of his notable projects included contributions to buildings such as the One Wilshire in Los Angeles, the Alcoa Building in San Francisco and the Oakland Coliseum. He was also instrumental in establishing the Japanese Cultural & Community Center of Northern California where he served as President in 1971.

In the 1980s, a mid-life career change led him to start his own business in the then newly emerging industry of silver recovery. His company became one of the preeminent silver recyclers on the West Coast. He was an avid sports fan, was passionate about politics and always voted, loved food, and had a special place in his heart for animals, especially German Shepherds.

Mr. Asano wanted to minimize his passing and preferred not to have a funeral service. A ceremony at the Japanese Cemetery in Colma, Calif. will be held at a later date.

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