Masayuki "Mas" Omura|
February 12, 1939 - October 26, 2013
Resident of Cupertino
Masayuki "Mas" Omura was born in San Jose, California. He was a 1957 graduate from Campbell High School and in 1962, he received his Bachelor of Science/Master of Science from MIT in Electrical Engineering. He was a member of Eta Kappa Nu, Tau Beta Pi 1961.
In 1967, Mas received his Doctor of Philosophy from Stanford in Electrical Engineering. He was known for research in shock waves, plasma diagnostics, microwave radiometry, and avionics. He published papers on Plasma Diagnostics and shock wave precursor.
From 1967 to 1997, Mas worked at NASA Ames Research Center at Moffett Field in California. He spent a year at NASA headquarters in Washington, D.C. as a Program Manager for Data Systems in the Guidance Control and Information Systems Divisions. Mas retired from NASA in 1997 as the Deputy Director of Center Operations.
Mas had three main passions in his life:
First and foremost was his family, particularly his grandchildren, who all doted on him. Despite his somewhat serious outward demeanor, Mas loved to laugh and was incredibly good-natured about constant teasing from his family. He was always present for his grandkids' soccer games, gymnastics classes and performances, baseball games, basketball games, and swimming practices.
Mas' second passion was singing. He was a member of a Japanese karaoke club for 30 years. He sang in Honolulu, Kobe and Hiroshima, Japan, and throughout California from San Francisco to Los Angeles. His family will miss the sound of his beautiful, soothing voice always resonating around the house as he sang or hummed.
Finally, Mas loved to travel. He loved airplanes and boats. After retiring from NASA, he traveled to the Middle East, Asia, Costa Rica, Mexico and all over Europe. His two most favorite trips were to Thailand and Japan, where he took a walking tour with his brother and sister.
He is survived by his wife Claire (Fujita); daughters Jeanne (James Kim) and Anne (Whitty Somvichian) and grandkids Sarah, Mari, Sean, Tomiko, and Emiko; his mother Shizuko of Morgan Hill; brothers Jim and George; and sisters Akiko (Dave Kubo) and June (Tom Crow). Private memorial services were held at the Morgan Hill Buddhist Church. In lieu of flowers and koden, please donate to
Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on Dec. 13, 2013