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Saburo "Sam" Nakagawa

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Saburo "Sam" Nakagawa

Saburo "Sam" Nakagawa, Saburo "Sam," of Seattle, Wash. passed away on September 10, 2013 at the age of 90. Sam was born July 30, 1923 and was the 3rd son of twelve children. He is survived by his wife Yoshiko Nakagawa of Seattle, WA, son and daughter in law Junzo and Masaye Nakagawa of Seattle WA, brothers and family, Giro and Miyo Nakagawa of South Bend, WA, Kazuo and Chiyo Nakagawa of Lompoc CA, George and Hiroko Nakagawa of Gardena CA, Ben and Marilyn Nakagawa of North Las Vegas NV, and sister-in-law, Myong Ju Nakagawa of Seattle WA.

He is pre-deceased by his sisters Toshiko Katayama, Masako Nakagawa, Setsuko Katayama, Kiku Nakagawa and his brothers Fred, Henry and Harry Nakagawa.

Sam grew up in Kent Washington and received his bachelor's degree from Michigan State University. He received a Master in Social work from the University of Washington and worked at the Spokane Veteran's Hospital for over 30 years. He was actively involved with the Spokane Japanese American Citizen's League and Highland Park Methodist Church for over 30 years.

After retiring, he and his wife moved to Seattle for the Japanese food and to hunt Matsutake. He kept notes of the weather conditions of his mushroom hunting in hopes of increasing his finds. He enjoyed classical music and was an avid sports fan; quietly cheering on both the Mariners and Seahawks.

He will be interred at the Wednesday, September 18, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at Tahoma National Cemetery 18600 Southeast 240th Street, Kent, WA 98042- 4868. Phone: (425) 413-9614
Published in The Seattle Times on Sept. 15, 2013
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