1922 ~ 2013
Our beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, Ted Shimizu, passed away Wednesday, June 12, 2013 in Salt Lake City, Utah surrounded by his family.
Ted was born March 20, 1922 in Lewiston, Utah, to Ichinosuke and Naka Togo Shimizu. Ted's parents emigrated from Kagoshima Ken, Japan and worked hard to provide for their family. Ted was the oldest of eight children and as the oldest child assumed adult responsibilities at a young age working on the family farm and as a result gained a strong work ethic that continued throughout his life. Ted graduated from West High School in 1940 and attended the University of Utah from 1941-1942 in the ROTC program. While Ted hoped to obtain a college degree, he was forced to resign with the outbreak of World War II
. He was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1944. He was then sent to the Fort Douglas Induction Center. Shortly thereafter, Ted was sent to Camp Shelby, Mississippi for basic training. From there he was put into the 442nd Regimental Combat Team (RCT), a segregated Japanese-American unit. The 442nd Regimental Combat Team's motto was "Go For Broke", which symbolized their willingness to risk everything to serve their Country. Ted served his Country during WWII in France and Italy with both valor and distinction and was awarded multiple medals for his heroic actions, which included the Purple Heart
and the Bronze Star
. After the war, Ted met Toyoko "Toy" Murayama and they married on September 17, 1947 in Salt Lake City, Utah. One of the things they enjoyed most in life was travelling together throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe. Ted's military service resulted in many places of duty in the U.S. and overseas, where Ted and Toy made lifelong friends. While stationed in Vancouver, Washington Ted and Toy adopted their son, Ned as an infant. Ted and Toy then went to Spokane for 2 years when their daughter Treva was adopted as an infant. Ted realized his deepest wish and joy when he became a father. Ted said nothing in his life was more fulfilling or rewarding than to raise his son and daughter. He was a tough ole soul, but tempered it with lots of love and caring. In 1964, Ted was reassigned to Kolding, Denmark for two years. Before leaving the Army Ted went to France for 1 year and then spent 6 months in Boston. After 20 years of active duty military service Ted retired. After retirement, Ted went into computer programming at the U.S. Army Dugway Proving Ground, a chemical testing facility. Ted's retirement years were spent caring for a large vegetable garden, which he loved to tend to and he canned much of his produce and always gave away the fresh vegetables and fruits to family and friends. Ted was a self taught wood carver and painter. He was also an avid photographer and became the "family historian" with his impressive collection of family photos which go back to the early beginnings of the Shimizu family's farming days. Ted's love of photography continued throughout his life and Ted loved going to Costco to shop and have his photos printed. Ted enjoyed road trips to California to visit relatives and good friends. While Ted's declining health the past few years made travelling difficult, he still hoped to take a road trip this summer to California. Ted's last trip was significant, when at age 89, he travelled to Washington DC, where his WWII Unit, the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, received the Congressional Gold Medal, the Nation's highest civilian award bestowed by Congress. The 442nd RCT became the most decorated Unit for its size and length of service in U.S. Military history.
Ted's last wishes were for a private, family only, service and internment at the Salt Lake City Cemetery. Ted wanted his headstone to read, "Thank You America" and wanted his obituary to be published after his June 22, 2013 burial.
Ted is survived by his wife Toy; son Ned (Janet) Shimizu; daughter Treva Bell; granddaughters Whitney (Tyler) Klotz and Haley Shimizu; great grandsons Jamie and Jesse Klotz; and sisters Hana Kubo and Mai Shimizu of California; and many nieces and nephews. Ted was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Tosh, Bill, and Danny; and sisters Kumi "Kaye" Galli and Hede Fujikawa.
Ted and family would like to express our deepest gratitude to the many extraordinary doctors that he had over the years, including heart surgeons Dr. William C. DeVries and Dr. Shreekanth V. Karwande, cardiologists Dr. Roger A. Freedman, Dr. Edward Michael Gilbert, Dr. Josef Stehlik, Dr. Feras Bader, and RN Polly Chapman. We would also like to thank Good Shepherd Home Care and the Legacy Village Taylorsville Transitional Rehabilitation staff for the caring and compassionate services you provided to make our dad's final days more comfortable. We would also like to express our deepest gratitude to all the CVMU and Internal Medicine staff at the University of Utah Hospital, especially Dr. Christine E. Oberg, Dr. Alex Berglund, Dr. Andrew L. Freeman and Dr. Stacy A. Johnson, for helping us to make the difficult decisions we were faced with in our dearest dad's final days. A very special thank you to Dr. Nathan Ragle, who provided the most extraordinary care, with kindness and compassion, to dad during the final years of his life. To all of you and many more than we can mention, our heartfelt gratitude.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Go For Broke National Educational Center (1-310-328-0907 or www.goforbroke.org
) or the University of Utah Health Care (1-801-581-2121 or healthcare.utah.edu