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Min Hamatani, whose family once ran one of the Sacramento region's biggest and most diversified farming operations, died Tuesday, May 26th, he was 88. As a key member of Hamatani Farms Inc., Min shared in the over-seeing farm operations for over 5000 acres, in Sacramento, Yuba, Sutter, and San Joaquin counties, along with his family.

Mr. Hamatani and his family raised a variety of crops, including grapes, wheat, corn, tomatoes, fruit, alfalfa, rice and asparagus. Hamatani Farms Inc. ceased operations in 1996, at which time Min began new chapters of his life.

A native of Freeport, Min was born December 21, 1926. He was one of 14 children of the former Shina Suyeda and Hiyozemon Hamatani.

Following the attack on Pearl Harbor by Japan, The Hamatanis, along with about 110,000 other Americans of Japanese descent, were perceived a security risk by the U.S. government, and were moved to internment camps. After being in Tule Lake, Sacramento, then to Amache, Colorado, Min finished high school and Joined the U.S. Army on August 2, 1945. He was a rifleman and radio operator, and was awarded a Victory Medal. After his term in the Army, he was honorably discharged, and returned to the family farm in December, 1946.

In the community, Min was involved in a multitude of activities. Among other things, in 1976, Mr. Hamatani was appointed as Director of the Sutter County Resources Conservation District, where he served for many years. He also served as an Agricultural Advisor for local growers. Min was a long time member of the Marysville Buddhist Church, where he remained actively involved for decades. Min also ventured into new businesses, including a molding mill, as well as an electronics company for a short time during the 1980's.

Min's true passion was farming and raising produce. He always grew enough in his own home garden to share with his many friends in the community. He was known by his friends for the delivery of his tasty produce delivered right to their doorstep, throughout the year during harvest.

Min always thrived with life, loved to spend time with family and friends, and was an avid sports fan. Min enjoyed inviting different friends to the forty-niner and giant's games, where his sister provided him with season tickets for over 20 years. He always had time for helping others, if it was teaching them gardening tips, or repairing their home or cars, he always made time to help.

Memorial services are scheduled for Monday, June 29th, at 10:00 a.m. at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery, located at 5810 Midway Road, Dixon, CA 95620.

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Published in Appeal Democrat on June 23, 2015
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