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Motomu (Tom) Akashi

1929 - 2012 Obituary Condolences
Motomu (Tom) Akashi Obituary
Motomu (Tom) Akashi June 7, 1929 - September 30, 2012 Resident of Fremont, CA A memorial service will be held this Friday, October 5, at 3pm, with full military honors at the Chapel of the Chimes Funeral Home, 4499 Piedmont Ave, Oakland, CA. 94611. Motomu (Tom) Akashi passed away peacefully at the age of 83 surrounded by his family. He was born on June 7, 1929, in Merced, California and was a long-time resident of Fremont, California. He is survived by his loving wife of 36 years, Betty Akashi, his devoted children Helen Bolton, Amy Akashi, Victoria Santiago (David), Erin Saunders (Erik), and Susan Carlton (Glenn), his eight grandchildren Jamie Lazzeri (Tom), Stacey Bolton, Ashley Saunders, Jacquelyn Saunders, Alyssa Santiago, Joseph Carlton, Julia Santiago, Tyler Saunders, his great-grandchild Kallie Saunders, 3 sisters, 2 brothers and numerous nieces and nephews. In 1948, Tom enlisted in the United States Army, serving in the Korean and Vietnam Wars. He was awarded three Bronze Star Medals for meritorious achievement in ground operations, two Meritorious Service medals, and the Army Commendation Medal. After serving 26 years in various military intelligence assignments, he retired at the rank of Chief Warrant Officer 4. Tom then went to work for Ford Aeronutronic Corporations's Western Development Laboratories in Palo Alto, California (now Lockheed Martin). He worked there as a security manager for various government weapons-related contracts. After 10 years, Tom fully retired in 1986 at the age of 56. In retirement, Tom spent 17 years researching his family history and in 2004 he proudly published his book 'Betrayed Trust', a story of his Issei father and his American-born Japanese family during WWII. Tom was a hard-working family man with a great sense of humor and loved spending time with his family and friends. A die-hard Warriors and 49ers fan, he enjoyed gardening, reading, playing Sudoku, and listening to classical music. The family is asking that, in lieu of flowers, a memorial donation be made to the .
Published in Inside Bay Area from Oct. 4 to Oct. 5, 2012
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