David Henryk Masuo (1947 - 2017)

  • "I wondering where my dear cousin had gone. Hope the fish..."
    - Brian Masuo
  • "David, Lorna and I searched and search; finally found you..."
  • "David,our alma mater leader; gentle, giving, and friend to..."
    - Frances Nakaoka
  • "Aloha nui loa A hui hou, Kaikua'ana. Now time for hana hou..."
    - Marty Masuo
  • "For my brother David: The greatest gift you ever give is..."
    - Steven Masuo

David Masuo, 69, of Anchorage, Alaska, passed away on April 29, 2017, at Providence Transitional Care Center. David was born in Munich, Germany, on July 22, 1947, to Jack Kinzo Masuo and Stephanie Wrona Masuo. Growing up in Hawaii as part of a military family, David idolized members of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, the highly decorated unit made up of Japanese-Americans during World
War II.
In 1965, David enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and proudly served at McChord Air Force Base, Washington; Rhein Main, Germany; Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam; Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska; Shemya Air Force Base, Alaska; and Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska. David promised his mother he would not volunteer to go to Vietnam, but at the end of his first tour of duty, his heart told him to accept orders for a second tour in country. As a liaison at Long Binh Hospital, David saw the war's effects up close, but despite this, he found his service experience to be deeply rewarding and upon returning home, spent five years working as an Air Force recruiter.
After 23 years of faithful service to our great nation, David retired from the Air Force as a Master Sergeant in 1989, and began a second career with the State of Alaska's Division of Public Assistance as an Eligibility Technician; the Department of Labor as an Employment Security Specialist; and as an Eligibility Technician for Denali Kid Care, before retiring in 2009. David's passions were fishing the Kenai River; an energetic member of the National Japanese American Citizens League and JACL-Alaska Chapter; and a tireless and selfless volunteer at the Alaska VA Healthcare System.
David is survived by his companion, Stephanie Trujillo; daughters, Michelle Tane Masuo with grandchild Ian James Harrington and Christine Angela (Kurt) Aronson with grandchildren Kaitlyn and Nathaniel Aronson; and brothers, John Dwight Masuo, Steven Carl Masuo and Martin Michael Masuo.
A heartfelt thank you to his many friends and the professional caregivers at Providence Alaska Medical Center.
A Celebration of Life will be held on May 30, 2017, 6 p.m., at Sushi & Sushi, 3337 Fairbanks Street in Anchorage.
Published in Anchorage Daily News from May 21 to May 22, 2017