Stephen Saburo Fujii July 21, 1947 - October 22, 2014 san diego One year ago we lost a wonderful son, father, grandfather and husband. Steve was the son of Saburo and Jane Fujii. He was born on Kauai and raised on Kauai and Guam. He attended high school on Oahu and college on Maui. He served five years in the Navy during the Vietnam War and eventually settled in San Diego. He came to love San Diego and called it his home. After leaving the Navy, Steve earned his bachelor of science degree at SDSU. He then worked as a civil service employee for over 30 years for the Department of the Navy. He retired in 2005 and filled his days with consulting, surfing, fishing, golfing, traveling, and with his wonderful family. Steve loved the ocean. When the waves were small he could be found at South Mission surf fishing, and if the fish were biting he was always hungry to venture out onto the ocean for the day. Over the years he caravanned down the Baja Peninsula with family and fishing buddies and created some amazing memories for himself and his companions. Surfing was his particular joy. "Sealbite," (he earned that nickname after a painful encounter with a hungry seal), was a member of the Calumet Dawn Patrol. He was almost always the first one in the ocean just as the sun was rising. He was a fine, generous surfer. He was known for his welcome smile and his unique ability to make each person he encountered feel important and special. Golf was also a favorite sport. He admitted that he wasn't very good but really enjoyed the friendships he had developed while playing. Whether he was competing in The Vineyard Men's Club or traveling to various golf courses with his wife, Kathy, Steve was so grateful to be living such an amazing life. Steve's greatest love was his family. He leaves behind his mother, Jane Fujii; sister, Carolyn Idemoto; daughter, Angela Fitzmaurice, her husband, Devin Fitzmaurice, their children Nolan and Jack; son, Joel Fujii, his wife, Lorena Fujii, and their children, Malia and Joel, Jr. He was "Papa" to his family. He was generous, loving, always present, and full of joy. He was truly a wonderful man. Stephen, I miss you every minute of every day. Your loving wife, Kathy
Published in San Diego Union-Tribune from Oct. 22 to Oct. 25, 2015.