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Max Masaji Takasugi
August 20, 1925 - May 7, 2018
Max Masaji Takasugi passed away peacefully in his home from complications of emphysema at age 92. He was the fourth of eight children born to Genzo and Kiyoko Takasugi, first generation Japanese immigrants to America. Max grew up in northern Utah during the period of the Great Depression and World War II. During his childhood, he and his older siblings managed the family farm. Throughout his school years, he worked on the farm in the fall months and made up missed class times in the winter. Max graduated high school even as he "had missed more school than (he) had attended." He continued working on the farm until 1950, when he was called to serve in the army during the Korean War. Stationed in Pusan, Korea, Max served as Labor Chief of the Pusan Army Depot for two years, supervising 2,500 Korean laborers. He received a medal of commendation from the Secretary of the Army for exceptional service. Max was later transferred to the Tokyo Army Hospital in Japan to serve as a Japanese interpreter. There, he met his wife and lifelong companion Michiko Mayeda. Michiko and Max were married soon after in a traditional Japanese ceremony, followed by a ceremony in the American Embassy. In July of 1954, Max and Michiko returned to the United States and moved back to Tremonton, Utah to help run the family farm. Following hard economic times, Max, Michiko, and their three children moved to Canyon County Idaho, where they lived and worked on the 80 acre land that he had purchased. The family soon expanded with the births of two additional children. In farming, Max applied the same ingenuity and industry that he displayed in Utah and in Korea as a soldier, increasing the size of his farm (4M Farms) four-fold. Max retired from farming in 1987 after successfully supporting all five of his children through college. Shortly thereafter he was elected Canyon County Highway Commissioner, a position he held for four years. He received a formal commendation from Governor Cecil Andrus for his excellent service in this position. In addition to his success as a businessman, Max is remembered for his pragmatism, honesty, integrity, and sense of humor. He was well known among the Japanese American communities of northern Utah and southern Idaho. He gave generously of his time and was a respected member of the southern Idaho farming community. Max is survived by his wife Michiko, sons Ronald, Dennis, and James, daughters Katherine and JoAnn, siblings Yoshiko and Manny, grandsons Alan, Andrew and Gabriel as well as many nieces and nephews. The family is grateful for the kindness, companionship, and care provided by his caregivers who were with him in his final days. In following Max's wishes, no funeral will be held. The family will hold a private graveside ceremony. Memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer's Foundation of America (https://alzfdn.org/support-us/donate/). To share your condolences visit www.dakanfuneralchapel.com.


Published in Idaho Press Tribune on May 16, 2018
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