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Richard Tadashi Yamato


1936 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
Richard Tadashi Yamato Obituary
October 11, 1936 - April 29, 2017 Richard, known by most as "Dick", was born to parents Frank and Mary Ohashi in Santa Monica. He passed away at his home in Palos Verdes Peninsula. He is survived by daughters Deanne Yamato-Tucker, Stacy Yogi (Todd), and Trisha Yamato (Pat Gasior); sister-in-law Laura Lee (Tom Long); grandchildren Kelli, Kristen, Ryan, and Andrew; and many relatives and friends. He lived in Santa Monica until the age of six when he was interned at Manzanar with his parents for three years during WWII, and when released, they were initially relocated to Rochester, NY, where they spent another three years. The family relocated back to Santa Monica when Dick was in junior high. He graduated from Santa Monica High School in 1953, and then went on to UCLA to fulfill pre-pharmacy requirements. He graduated with a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from USC School of Pharmacy. Barbara and Dick first met while they were attending UCLA, and subsequently were married in August, 1962. As their children were growing up, he rose up through the ranks at Kaiser Permanente, attended Trojan Club meetings and football games, and played tennis. The family went on many skiing trips initially learning the sport together. Dick had a goal of going to every National Park west of the Mississippi, and took the family in a camper to most of the parks eventually achieving the goal by seeing Glacier National Park in Montana with Barbara and Trisha. An ardent Trojan, Dick had season tickets to USC Football, and always went to the big game versus UCLA with Deanne. He retired from Kaiser after over 30 years of service and leading the Southern California Kaiser Pharmacies as Area Chief Pharmacist. Following retirement, Dick and Barbara enjoyed traveling to China, Europe, Mammoth, Laguna Beach and several cruises. Dick loved going to Las Vegas with Stacy to see shows, eat at celebrity chef restaurants and play video poker. A very loving grandpa, Dick would play videos he had taken when the grandkids were younger at family gatherings, and had tons of pictures all around his home. For anyone who knew Dick, the words kind, thoughtful, gentle, humble, and caring were always used to describe him. He will be missed by all who knew him. A memorial service to celebrate Dick's life will be held at 2:00pm on Saturday, May 13, 2017 at the Green Hills Memorial Chapel, 27501 S. Western Avenue, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275. A burial service will follow. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the Japanese American National Museum (janm.org) or the National Park Foundation (nationalparks.org).
Published in the Los Angeles Times from May 6 to May 7, 2017
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