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Yutaka Nakatani passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Monday, July 7, 2014.

Yutaka was born in Martinez, CA on July 16, 1924. His family moved first to Concord and then to Woodland where they farmed until being interned in 1942. Yutaka's family was first sent to Merced relocation camp, then to the Amache Relocation Camp in Colorado. After internment, the family eventually rebuilt their farming operations and had a successful career in the Woodland/ Yuba City area. Yutaka, along with his brothers Charles and Frank owned Butte View Farms of Yuba City and farmed tomatoes, rice, kiwi, peaches and alfalfa. After farming for over 40 years, the brothers retired in 1985. In retirement, Yutaka enjoyed gardening and planting his own crop of tomatoes each year in his backyard.

Yutaka was drafted into the Army in June of 1945 and completed basic training at Camp Hood in Texas. After basic training he was transferred to Military Intelligence Service (MIS) at Monterey, CA then later to Fort Snelling, MN for additional training. In September of 2012, Yutaka was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal for his service during World War II. He is a member of the Buddhist Church, JACL and Hoyukai.

Yutaka is survived by his wife of 61 years, Nancy of Yuba City, sons Glenn (Guissella) of Sacramento, Ray (Tanya) Nakatani of Woodland, daughters Sue (Rick) Tortorello of Brush Prairie, WA, and Linda (David) Mathews of San Rafael. He is also survived by his granddaughters Heather Tortorello of Jersey City, NJ, Rebecca Tortorello of Cincinnati, OH, Mitzi Mathews of San Rafael, Amanda Mathews of Santa Barbara, Rachel Nakatani of San Diego, Brianna Nakatani of Los Angeles, and Lili Quevedo of Sacramento.

He was preceded in death by his father Tomegusu Nakatani, mother Mitsuye Nakatani, brother Frank Nakatani and sister Haruko Nakatani.

Yutaka was known by many for his generosity and his sense of humor. He was always available to lend a helping hand and will be greatly missed.

Services will be held at Buddhist Church of Marysville at 125 "B" Street, Marysville on the 21st of July at 2:00 PM. Reception immediately following service at the Church Annex.

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Published in Appeal Democrat from July 13 to July 16, 2014
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