Masatsuki Yamamoto

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Yamamoto, Masatsuki
Masatsuki ("Mutt") Yamamoto passed away peacefully at home on Wednesday, April 23, 2014 in Tempe, Arizona. He was a loving and generous husband, father, grandfather and a friend to many. Mutt was born on January 4, 1923, in Phoenix, Arizona. As a young man, Mutt served in the United States Army for two years during WWII. He spent time in Japan as part of the Counter Intelligence Corps in the Pacific Theatre of Operation and earned the rank of Staff Sergeant. After being honorably discharged, he returned to Arizona to help his parents on their farm. In 1948, he purchased his own farm in Glendale and was a successful farmer for many years until his retirement in 1985. His roadside produce stand on Glendale Avenue was a popular local landmark and he won agricultural awards for his strawberries and other crops. He was a natural mechanic and loved to fix anything that might be broken, including his children's cars. Mutt was also a leader in the Arizona Buddhist Church and in the local chapter of the Japanese American Citizen's League donating time and money to both organizations for many years. Mutt is survived by his wife of 60 years, Yasuko ("Sue") Yamamoto; his children; Christine, Iris Ishikawa (Mark), Stan and Lori; four granddaughters, Lindsey and Chelsea Ishikawa, and Katherine and Victoria Markin; and brother, Frank Yamamoto; as well as nephews, nieces and other extended family. Visitation will take place at Greenwood Memory Lawn Mortuary, 719 N. 27th Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85009, from 5 pm to 7 pm on Friday, May 2. There will be a private family funeral service on Saturday. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations are made to (, which has been so helpful during the past year. For additional information visit


Published in The Arizona Republic from Apr. 30 to May 1, 2014
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