Takashi Kubota March 19, 1926 - May 29, 2012 Surrounded by his loving family, Takashi "Tak" Kubota, age 86, passed away peacefully at home after a brief and unexpected illness. A 41-year resident of Vallejo, he and his wife, Miyoko, spent the last 5 years in Elk Grove to be closer to their daughter. Takashi was born on March 19, 1926, in the North Beach District of San Francisco, CA to first generation Japanese immigrant parents. He was the youngest of four children. Together with his sister Kikuye, they spent their early years growing up in San Francisco, while their two older sisters Miyuki and Kaoru were sent to Japan for a traditional Japanese education and upbringing, Takashi attended Galileo High School in San Francisco; however, his education was interrupted by the onset of WWII. He and his family were relocated to an internment camp in Topaz, Utah until the end of the war. While in camp, he completed his high school education. He was later accepted to Dubuque University in Iowa where he graduated with a degree in Business Administration. He served in the United States Army Military Intelligence during the Korean War attaining the rank of Corporal. Takashi was the first American of Japanese descent to work as a Purser for the American President Lines/Merchant Marines. His career at APL spanned 36 years taking him around the world many times over. It was on his maiden voyage that he met his life-long love, Miyoko. Takashi retired in 1988. He and his wife enjoyed their retirement life together spending as much time as possible with their children and grandchildren and travelling to their favorite destination, Japan. They also dedicated their lives, time, and efforts to Soka Gakkai International-USA as members helping to propagate world peace through Nichiren Daishonin's Buddhism. His caring nature, positive attitude, and unconditional friendship were shining examples of his Buddhist practice. Takashi was preceded in death by his parents Akira and Mataji Kubota, sisters Miyuki Konagai, Kaoru Kitagawa, and Kikuye Chrysanthia Narverud M.D. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Miyoko Kubota, children Michael Kubota (Kaoru), Philip Kubota (Susie) and Jo Ann Tabuchi (James), his grandchildren Jennifer and Bryan Kubota, Abigail and Kyler Kubota, and Nicholas and Timothy Tabuchi. He also leaves behind many loving nephews, nieces, and their families. Family and friends are invited to attend a celebration of his life on Sunday, June 24th at 3:00PM at the SGI-USA Sacramento Community Center, 1812 Tribute Road, Sacramento, CA 95815.
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Published in San Francisco Chronicle on June 17, 2012