Dec. 29, 1920 - Mar. 3, 2021
Resident of San Jose
Torao "Popeye" Sorakubo passed away from natural causes on March 3, 2021, at the age of 100. He was born on Dec. 29, 1920, the eldest of three children born to Toraichi and Hisao Sorakubo of Seattle, Washington. In his youth he was fond of playing baseball, and he was a fan of the Brooklyn, then later Los Angeles Dodgers.
He and his family were forced to relocate to Tule Lake Segregation Center in northern California during World War II. Years later, he purchased a house in Morgan Hill, where he would later start a family. He worked for several years at the San Jose Assembly Plant for the Ford Motor Company before starting a carnation nursery, a business he ran until his retirement.
Torao was a member of the Morgan Hill Buddhist Church and the San Jose Buddhist Church Betsuin. He worked with many other community members to construct the second building of the Morgan Hill Buddhist Temple. Though he faced prejudice in his lifetime, he was always proud of his Japanese heritage and was heartened by the achievements of other Japanese Americans.
Torao was preceded in death by his wife Shizuka and his brother Hiroshi. He is survived by his sister Fujiko Taketa; his three children: Stephen, Roger, and Barbara; and his two grandchildren: Kalena and Elliott. A private service will be held for his family. In lieu of koden, please consider a donation to the San Jose Buddhist Church Betsuin. View the online memorial for Torao Sorakubo