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Dale KOBASHIGAWA


1961 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
Dale KOBASHIGAWA Obituary
September 1961 - August 21, 2017 KOBASHIGAWA, Dale passed away in the quiet hours of the morning on August 21, 2017, at PIH in Whittier, California, with his wife, cousin Stephanie, best friend Brian and brother beside him. He was 55. Dale was born in Los Angeles in September of 1961 to his mother, Mitsuko and his father, Charles. He had one older brother, Mark. He was raised in Montebello where he attended and graduated from Schurr High School in 1979. He then enrolled at East Los Angeles College for a short period, before being hired by the Xerox Corporation as the youngest technician, at the time. He would go on to work diligently for them for 37 years, becoming a valued Specialized Senior Service Engineer. In 1990 he joined his friend Russell in drag boat racing, where he worked electrical as part of the crew. Through the 10 years of working with a couple of different teams, he developed a love for the sport, but more importantly to him, reverence for the people involved, who became a second family to him. A few years later, he reunited with the love of his life, Lesli. They were the essence of kindred spirits and would spend the last of his 14 years together, completely devoted to each other. Although they had always planned to marry, they faced many bumps in the road due to his health over the last 4 years. Ironically, after waiting so many years (but telling people they'd been married) Dale realized he had never popped the question and finally asked¿twice, to make sure. They were married a week later. To most, he was kind, humble and a very private person. But for those who saw beneath the surface, he was so much more. His generosity towards his friends came from his heart, unconditionally, sometimes to a fault. He was completely selfless to those he cherished. Always being mindful that not everyone can always ask for what they need, Dale was intuitive and had an ability to empathize with such tenderness, you'd forget what you needed in the first place. He showed this when he took care of his father the last two years of his life, and caring for his mother thereafter. Dale had suffered with metastatic brain cancer for years, unknowingly, then in June of this year, doctors discovered he had an aggressive form of cancer that had also metastasized to his chest and lungs. He knew his time was limited, but he showed such courage and strength in his fight through his treatments. He would always tell Lesli with a big smile, "There's always another way," quoting the movie Finding Dory, that got him through the tough times. There was so much more he wanted to do. He leaves behind his wife and soulmate, Lesli, his loving mother, Mitsuko, preceded in death by his father, Charles, brother, Mark (Diane), cousin Stephanie Ige, whom he considered his sister, best friend Brian Matoba and preceded in death by close friend Gary Matsuno. He is also survived by niece Kim and nephew Sean Kobashigawa, cousins Brian and Lorene, Daryl and Craig, Uncle Masao (Sharon) Kobashigawa, Auntie Nancy Kobashigawa of Oxnard, Auntie Esther of Pearl City and many more relatives in Hawaii. Family and friends gathered for a private memorial service for Dale on Saturday, October 14, 2017, at Fukui Mortuary in Los Angeles. Rimban William Briones of Los Angeles Hompa Hongwanji Buddhist Temple officiated. He will be forever missed by all who met him, knew him and loved him. www.Fukuimortuary.com (213) 626-0441
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Oct. 29, 2017
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