Rev. Mineo Katagiri
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Rev. Mineo KATAGIRI Died on Nov. 15, 2005 from injuries suffered from a fall. Rev. Katagiri, 86, an avid golfer, was the former head of the United Church of Christ in Northern California. He was born and raised in Hawaii, graduated from the University of Hawaii in 1941, received his theological degree in 1944 from Union Theological Seminary in New York City, and was ordained in 1945. He served pastorates in Ohio and taught at Doshisha University in Kyoto, Japan. He moved to Seattle, Washington, in 1959, serving as a campus minister for the University of Washington and as a metropolitan minister for the University Congregational Church. During the 1960s, he was a well- known civil rights and social action leader, established the First Avenue Service Center on Seattles Skid Road to serve the needy, was the founding director of the Office of Economic Opportunity in King County, and was appointed by Gov. Daniel J. Evans to serve on the Board of Regents for the Washington State college system. In 1970, he moved to New York City to join the national staff of the United Church of Christ as its director of mission priorities. In 1975, he was called to head the UCC's Northern California Conference in San Francisco and served in that role until retiring in 1984. Rev. Katagiri is survived by his wife of 61 years, Nobu, of San Francisco; daughter Laurie Katagiri Hoshino and grandson Shane Hoshino of Mililani; daughter Iao Katagiri of Los Angeles; sister Gladys Matoi of Honolulu; and sister Isayo Katagiri of Japan. California Memorial Service will be held on Dec. 21, 2005, 6:45 p.m. (with a pre-service reception starting at 5:30 p.m.), at the Mira Vista Golf & Country Club, 7901 Cutting Blvd., El Cerrito, CA 94530, Hawaii Memorial Service will be held in Honolulu on Jan. 7, 2006, 1:00 p.m. (with reception following the service), at the Nuuanu Congregational Church, 2651 Pali Highway, Honolulu, HI 96817. Contact Iao Katagiri, via email at, for the family's suggestions for donations in lieu of flowers.

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Published in The Seattle Times on Dec. 11, 2005.
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December 21, 2005
I wish to send my deepest sympathy to Mrs. Katagiri and to the rest of Mineo's family. Mineo was a very close friend of my father, Sheldon, and my mother, Marie. Our family mourns his loss as heaven rejoyces at its gain.
Tim Mackey
December 15, 2005
Scott Pinegar
December 12, 2005
Mineo was our "Campus Minister" at Pilgrim Club, the house University Congregational Church rented to an odd lot of us. I've often remembered the times we had there in 1964 and '65. I'm sure we gave Mineo plenty of excitement as our mentor and guide to adulthood and the politics of the civil rights movement. We also called Mineo by the special term of affection "myneokataginidir", the name a lot of his junk mail came addressed to. Mineo, I know we will all remember you forever.
Joe Baar
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