Edward Takumi Matsuda
1930 - 2017
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Edward Takumi Matsuda

July 11, 1930 - April 16, 2017


Edward Takumi Matsuda, passed away on Sunday, April 16, 2017, following a short illness. He was born on July 11, 1930 in Fresno, California. He attended San Diego Community College where he received an Associates Degree. By trade, he spent 30 years as a standard's lab technician calibrating aerospace equipment.

He married Suzuko ("Sue") Edith Yamashita, from Visalia, California, in September 1950, in Reno, Nevada. Subsequently, he and Sue moved to Chicago. His first daughter, Helen, was born in 1951 and his second daughter, Pegi, was born in 1954. After spending almost five years in Chicago, the family moved back to California and settled in San Diego where Edward started a new career as a mechanical engineer with Teledyne-Ryan Aeronautics. Although his job was satisfying, he was always best known for his many hobbies. These personal pursuits included repairing watches and jewelry, repairing autos and boats, building the family's first color television set, designing and building the family's furniture, everything to do with photography including photo developing in his make-shift home darkroom (prior to digital images), making toys for his kids and the neighbor kids (skateboards, miniature furniture for dolls, art projects for school. etc.). He also enjoyed making many friends as a reseller of technical manuals, calibration and test equipment, cameras (he was the proud owner of more than 50 cameras) and so much more. Chances are, if you needed something, Ed probably had it in his garage or in the house and could "make a deal."

He is survived by his wife, Suzuko Edith, daughter Pegi (Larry Haworth), brothers Alfred (Yuri) and Hari and his sister, Yo. He is predeceased by his daughter, Helen, older brothers, Raymond and Frederick, and his mother, Mitsuyo and his father, Minoru.

A beloved father, husband, brother and uncle, he will be missed and eternally loved by all who knew him.

A memorial service is scheduled at graveside on Thursday, April 20, 2017 at 9:00 AM at the Visalia Cemetery.

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Published in Tulare Advance-Register & Visalia Times-Delta on Apr. 19, 2017.
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December 9, 2017
Ed Sue and Susie have been my friends since somewhere around 1985
We helped each other when needed and in any way possible. Mostly centered around his retirement business of test equipment and service manuals. Each year I would try to select something from Hawaii to send them as I was always on the long end of the stick and was never able to make up for the things they did for me. This year I discovered the phone was shut off and went looking for the reason when I found his obituary. More sadness at Christmas time.
jess shaw
May 8, 2017
April 30, 2017
Thank you, Kristin. I'm Ed and Sue's daughter and they really liked you! Mom is trying to stay active and hopes to see you soon at the restaurant.
Pegi Matsuda
April 19, 2017
Ill miss you coming into the restaurant with Sue. My two favorite people. My prayers and thoughts are with the family. From your waitress Kristin.
Kristin Andrade
April 19, 2017
Aww this is sad. I was his and Sue's waitress at Carrows for many years, then at Dennys. They were my favorite customers. My prayers and thoughts are with the family.
Kristin Andrade
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