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Stanley Pranin

July 24, 1945 -
March 7, 2017

Stanley passed peacefully on March 7, 2017 at his home in Las Vegas, Nevada with his loving family by his side. Stanley was predeceased by his parents John and Lois Pranin and by his younger brother William (Billy) Pranin. Stan is survived by his loving wife Yoshiko and their two children Johnny (26) and Jeanette (22).
Stan was born July 24, 1945. Born and raised in San Pedro, he attended Cabrillo Avenue Elementary, Dana Jr. High School and San Pedro High School where he graduated in the class of Winter, 1963 as the Co-Valedictorian. Stan received his B.A. degree in Languages from UCLA and attended U.C. Berkeley where he worked on both his Master's and Doctorate degree. During the Vietnam era, Stan joined the U. S. Army as an enlisted man rather than as an officer because he wanted to utilize his language skills. Stanley was fluent in Spanish, French, Italian and Japanese. In the U. S. Army, Stan taught language skills to our American Diplomats serving overseas. He also worked in the intelligence field in Ethiopia because of his fluency in Italian.
After serving in the U. S. Army for 3 years and after his work on his doctorate degree at U.C. Berkley, Stan moved to Japan where he initially worked as a technical translator and interpreter for several Japanese engineering companies. He stayed for 20 years, studying Aikido under the founder of Aikido's prize student, Morihiro Saito Sensei, and earning his 5th dan black belt in Aikido, which takes 6 years to complete. As his passion for Aikido grew, he worked preserving the history of the martial art. He located and preserved multiple videos of the founder of Aikido and its early practitioners. He interviewed and recorded the history of Aikido from important teachers of Aikido and Daito-Ryu (school). He became the most knowledgeable expert on the art of Aikido in the world. Stan published "Aikido Journal", a worldwide magazine on the art of Aikido. Stan travelled the world teaching and lecturing on Aikido and its history and bringing Aikido Masters to practitioners all over the world, including Europe and South America. Without his tireless work, much of the history would have been lost.
A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, March 18, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at The Harbor Church, 25401 S. Western Avenue, Lomita, CA 90717. He will be missed by his family and friends and the Aikido practitioners throughout the world. Please sign the guest book at www.dailybreeze.com/obits.
Published in Daily Breeze from Mar. 13 to Mar. 15, 2017
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