June 9, 1916 - March 24, 2014
Resident of San Jose
Satoshi "Bud" Nagase passed away peacefully at home in San Jose under hospice care on March 24, 2014 at age 97. He was predeceased by his beloved wife Helen and his brother Isamu ("Sam") and sister Harumi ("Pam"). He is survived by his daughter Nancy and son Alan, nephew and nieces, and several grand-nephews and grand-nieces.
Satoshi was born in San Fernando, California, and grew up in Watsonville. During World War II he was interned in Poston, Arizona, until he was released to be one of the first Japanese-language instructors at the Military Intelligence Service Language School in Camp Savage, Minnesota. He subsequently served more than 20 years in Japan as a liaison officer in both a civilian and reserve officer capacity. He worked with the Japan Defense Agency, the Prime Minister's Office, and the National Police Agency. He retired as a lieutenant colonel and later from federal service in June 1976 and moved to San Jose. He was a proud recipient of the Congressional Gold Medal in February 2012 in recognition of his wartime service in the Military Intelligence Service.
Satoshi's main hobby was golf, which he played into his 80s. He also watched golf on TV and sumo (Japanese traditional wrestling) tapes. As a young man, he enjoyed ham radio work. Later, he became interested in stamp collecting and operated a small philately business. He also pursued genealogy research into his family tree in Japan. He enjoyed travel and especially his special trip to Scotland to play golf at some of the famous courses and visit Stornoway, Isle of Lewis, in the Outer Hebrides, because the family's beloved Scottie dog's name was Winston Chase de Stornoway.
Satoshi participated in activities at Yu-Ai Kai Japanese American Community Senior Service center and was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church. He donated to many Japanese-American causes. He will be missed by many.
The family wishes to thank his wonderful caregiver, Yodit Tesfay, who tended him lovingly and compassionately in his home for 14 months. Pathways Hospice provided excellent care during his last days. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, friends make a contribution to Yu-Ai Kai or the
Burial with full military honors will be at Golden Gate National Cemetery in San Bruno and will be private. A memorial service will be held on April 12 at 1 PM at Wesley United Methodist Church, 566 North Fifth Street, San Jose.
Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on Apr. 5, 2014