Roy S. Morikawa passed away at his home in Rohnert Park on February 5, 2014 at the age of 89. The beloved son of Sasuke and Wasa Morikawa, Roy was born on July 31, 1924 in Santa Rosa. As a child, he helped his family farm the hop fields orchards and vineyards of Sonoma County. In the fall of 1942, he and his family were moved to the Amache Relocation Camp in Granada, CO. Two years later, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served as a Private for the remainder of the war. Roy returned to Sonoma County and remained there for the rest of his life, working at a variety of businesses including the local door manufacturer, Cal Wood Door in Cotati, and Sonoma State University, where he worked as a carpenter's assistant for many years until his retirement. The pursuit of fish was a lifelong passion for Roy. Whether dip-netting for nightfish at Schoolhouse Beach, or trolling for trout in the lakes of the Sierra Nevada, Roy found much peace and contentment throughout his life fishing the waters of Northern California. He would frequently share his catch with relatives and friends, and would spend many enjoyable hours taking his nieces and nephews to his favorite fishing spots. Every July he would enjoy visiting with friends and relatives while lending a helping hand at Enmanji Temple's Annual Teriyaki. After retiring, he would continue to stay active by taking long daily walks and working out with two big cans of tomatoes as training weights. For many years, he would faithfully meet with friends for breakfast at McDonald's restaurant in Rohnert Park, and later, in Cotati. He enjoyed league bowling nights at the Double Decker Lanes in Rohnert Park, and would take the bus up to River Rock Casino several times a week to test his luck. For a rather private, soft-spoken man, Roy enjoyed being with people. His kind presence, gentle smile, and humorous wit will be remembered and missed. Roy is survived by his brother Tom Morikawa (True) of Kenwood, and his sister Jean Mukaida (George) of Healdsburg. He will be fondly remembered by his numerous and adoring nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by brothers Don (Harlene) and Joe, and by his sisters Harriet Graham (Bill) and Mary Mori (Roy). There will be a Memorial Service for Roy at Enmanji Buddhist Temple, 1200 Gravenstein Highway South, Sebastopol on Saturday, April 12 at 11:00 a.m. Family assisted by PARENT-SORENSEN MORTUARY-Sebastopol, 829-5433.
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Published Online in the Press Democrat from Apr. 6 to Apr. 10, 2014