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Tadashi Sawamura

March 13, 1927 June 2, 2019
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Tad passed away peacefully at home in the early hours of June 2, 2019, at the age of 92.  He was born in Venice, California, to Kiyoshi and Itoju Sawamura on March 13, 1927.

Tad's formative years were spent in Redwood City where his father managed a gardenia flower nursery.  In 1940, at the age of 13, Tad was sent to Japan to attend school.  As World War II broke out, Tad's parents and older brother George were sent to the Tanforan Racetrack Assembly Center and then to the Topaz Relocation Center in Utah.  Tad and his three other siblings, unable to return to the US, remained in Japan for the duration of the war.  When the war ended, the Allied occupational forces were in Japan to help rebuild the country.  Because Tad was bilingual, he was hired by the US Army to be an interpreter.  By coincidence, the troops Tad worked for were from California and were able to get in contact with his parents, who along with George had returned to Redwood City.  Tad eventually returned to Redwood City in 1947.

Tad studied Horticulture at San Mateo Junior College and graduated with an AA degree in 1950.  He joined the US Army in 1952 and served in the Korean War where he was assigned to the US Army 507th Military Intelligence Platoon interrogating POWs and translating captured enemy documents.  When he returned from the war, he rejoined his family in the commercial flower growing industry. 

In 1957, Tad married Fumiko Frances Idehara and together they raised three children, Steven, Jacquelyn, and Jaimie. 

Tad, wife Frances, younger brother Shin, and sister-in-law Dolly successfully operated Sawamura Brothers Wholesale Florist, growing quality carnations for over 30 years in Mountain View and San Jose, until they retired in 1988.  Tad went on to work for Fujii Florist in Santa Clara as a delivery driver for 18 years. 

Tad was an active supporter of Boy Scout Troop 84 of Mountain View and the Tri-City Association youth program, and a devoted member of the Mountain View Buddhist Temple.  Many will remember him for the famous hamburger booth he chaired at the annual Obon festival.  

In retirement, Tad enjoyed traveling.  He took trips to the Northeast, Europe, South America, Korea, and Vietnam.  But his favorite trips were the times he went to different areas of Japan to relish in the onsens, eat good food, and of course, drink sake.  Tad also enjoyed bowling, fishing in San Pablo Bay with his good friends Jim and George, golfing, singing karaoke, watching the 49ers, and being a season ticket holder of the San Jose SaberCats arena football team. 

Tad leaves behind his loving wife of 62 years, Frances, son Steven (Robin), daughters Jacquelyn (Glenn) Sawamura-Machida and Jaimie (Rob) Holzknecht, grandsons Scott and Brian Sawamura, sister Kayo Nakahira, brother Shin (Dolly) Sawamura, and many nieces and nephews.  He is predeceased by parents Kiyoshi and Itoju Sawamura, brother George Sawamura, and sister Miyo Nagase. 

A funeral service will be held on Sunday, August 11, 2019, at 3:00pm at the Mountain View Buddhist Temple, 575 North Shoreline Boulevard, Mountain View, CA 94043.

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3:00 PM 8/11/2019 3:00:00 PM
Mountain View Buddhist Temple

575 N. Shoreline Blvd
Mountain View, CA 94043

Mountain View Buddhist Temple
575 N. Shoreline Blvd Mountain View 94043 CA
United States

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