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David Goto

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David Goto Obituary

David Goto passed away during the early morning hours on December 27, 2017 in Fresno, California, after several months of declining general health followed by intensive hospital care in the final week.

David Bruce Goto was born on July 10, 1969, in Yuba City, CA, the youngest of 8 children, to Bill and Setsuko Goto. He was preceded in death by father in 2012 and mother in 2017.

David's strong, positive spirit and wonderful outlook on life was evident when interacting with family and friends. Though his lifelong genetic condition of Down Syndrome resulted in physical disabilities affecting his overall body development, he would focus his mind on music, drawing, penmanship, and other traits which defined and amazed anyone who came to know him.

As the youngest child growing up on a family farm, David arrived with 5 older brothers and 2 older sisters. Each sibling and parent interacted with David in special ways, and as the years passed, siblings left the farm, and aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and new in-law families would continue the tight bond and special relationships with him.

In 1992, David would move from Yuba City to Elk Grove, after the parents sold the farm, to experience "city life". There, he would develop social skills, make more friends, and even do part-time work for fast-food restaurants and department stores, through his participation at the Elk Grove Adult Community Training. He enjoyed the routine in the city, and this brought great peace and purpose to his life, and in a way, for the parents too, as they dutifully kept watch and guided their "special child" throughout their retirement years. David's love of family was sincere, and he always retained a genuine sense of humor about many things in everyday life.
In 2006, Sets, Bill and David relocated to Fresno, to be closer to, and receive support from, the majority of the immediate family. Although David no longer attended an adult training program, his interest in music, reading, writing, WWF/WWE Wrestling and going out to breakfast (he loved pancakes!!) became especially important to him. For most of the Fresno years, David was largely independent, with oversight by his sister Barbara and husband Arthur, along with other local siblings, nieces and nephews. In later years, David's needs intensified, especially after the recent death of his mother.

David will be remembered for his smile, penmanship, incredible memory, and love of wrestling shows, the San Francisco 49ers, pancakes and family.

David is survived by his 7 siblings and spouses – Denise, Barbara and Arthur, Steven and Nora, Gary and Laraine, Douglas and Heather, Jeffrey and Darla, Brian and LaDonna; nieces and nephews – Bethany and Clinton, Mark, Sara and Matias, Lauren and Kellen, Erin and Brian, Austin, Kira, John, Brian Jr., Alexa, and Jasper; grand-niece Zoe and grand-nephew Greyson; aunts Jane Tsushima and Janet Kuroda; and numerous cousins.

David's memorial service will be held on Sunday, January 28, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. at Parlier Buddhist Church, 360 S. Newmark Ave., Parlier, CA.
Published in Appeal Democrat on Jan. 14, 2018
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