June 24, 1922 ~ November 6, 2013
Tom was born Shizuo Arima on June 24, 1922 in downtown Boise, near the Capitol building, to Chiyono Shimizu Arima and Niruko Arima. When he was four, his family moved to Cascade, where his mother owned the Boston Cafe restaurant on Main Street. He grew up in Cascade with two sisters, Mary and Bette. At Cascade High School, Tom lettered in football, basketball and track and was valedictorian of his 1940 high school class of 20 students. Tom attended the University of California at Berkeley for his freshman year of college and transferred his sophomore year to the University of Idaho. Tom graduated from the University of Idaho with a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering and summa cum laude honors. In 1944, when Tom graduated, World War II was still in progress so there were no job opportunities for Japanese Americans in the corporate world. As a result, Tom moved to Homedale, where he purchased land to begin farming in 1944, primarily growing onions, beets, corn, alfalfa and wheat. In 1956 he married Molly Kondo in Spokane, Washington. They raised four kids on the farm in Homedale - Robin, Rosalia, Mara'D and Harry. While his children attended school in the Homedale School District, Tom served on the Homedale School Board for 18 years. Tom was also a Master Mason in the Silver City Lodge #13 for 48 years. When his children, nieces and nephews were growing up, Tom actively supported them in 4-H, Little League, snow skiing, camping, fishing, rock collecting, hunting, Demolays, Jobs Daughters, Homedale Rod & Gun Club and was always willing to tutor his favorite subjects of math and science. Tom's hobbies included his enjoyment of gardening, math puzzles, reading, and computers. In 2002, Tom retired from farming and in 2007 he moved to Caldwell. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Molly, his sister Bette Uda of Homedale, his four children, Robin (& Paul), Rosalia, Mara'D (& Eric), Harry (& Mary), eight grandchildren (Molly, Alyssa, Julie, Stacee, Shizuo, Fumio, Thomas and Bret), and 23 nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his father Niruko, his mother Chiyono and his sister Mary Yamashita.
The family would like to thank Alpine Village Memory care unit at Autumn Winds Assisted Living and the Heart & Home Hospice program for taking good care of Dad during his final days. Viewing will be on Friday, November 8, 2013 from 6:00 ~ 8:00 PM at Flahiff Funeral Chapel, Homedale. Family Burial will be at Marsing-Homedale Cemetery, Marsing, ID prior to service. Funeral service will be on Saturday, November 9, 2013 at 11:00 AM at Flahiff Funeral Chapel, Homedale (27 E. Owyhee). Condolences may be given at www.flahifffuneralchapel.com. In lieu of flowers please send donations to: Homedale High School Athletics, 203 E Idaho Avenue, Homedale, Idaho 83628
Published in Idaho Statesman on Nov. 8, 2013
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