Taketsugu "Tak" Takei|
Feb.18, 1930-Jan.18, 2013
Resident of Cupertino
Tak Takei passed away unexpectedly on Jan. 18, 2013. Born on Feb. 18, 1930, in San Francisco, California, he was preceded in death by his parents, Hyobu and Tsuneyo Takei, sisters, Florence Ida (Paul d.) and Haru Hedani (Tokuji d.), and brother, Kazuo (Fusae).
During World War II, Tak's family was interred at Santa Anita Racetrack and later Topaz Relocation Center in Utah. They returned to San Francisco in 1945 after the War.
Tak graduated from Lowell High School in San Francisco and UC Berkeley. He was then drafted into the US Army and served in the Military Intelligence Service in Japan and Korea. After the Army, Tak graduated from Hastings College of the Law and was admitted to practice in 1961.
Tak's career spanned all three branches of government. Legislative - Joined Legislative Counsel of the State of California in 1961. Executive - Appointed Director of California Department of Consumer Affairs by Governor Jerry Brown in 1975. Judicial - Appointed Judge to the Santa Clara County Superior Court, where he was the first Asian American Superior Court Judge in Santa Clara County in 1976. Tak was also one of the original five attorneys to the newly formed Santa Clara County Office of the Public Defender in 1965. After spending 20 years on the bench, Judge Takei retired in 1996.
Tak is survived by his wife Lilly, son Jonathan (Suzette), daughter Leslie, son Kevin (Sandra), and six grandchildren (Kaela, Malia, Garrett, Noelani, Audrey, and Alexander Takei).
A private memorial service was held in San Jose. Donations in Tak's memory may be made to any of the following: Asian Law Alliance, 184 E. Jackson St., San Jose, CA 95112; the Japanese American Museum of San Jose, 535 N. 5th St., San Jose, CA 95112; Yu-Ai Kai, 588 N. 4th St., San Jose, CA 95112, or the West Valley JACL, 1545 Teresita Drive, San Jose, CA 95129.
Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on Feb. 17, 2013