Kazumi Shintani, much loved husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend, passed away on May 3, 2021, just short of his 93 rd birthday. He was born in Shelton, Washington on May 23, 1928, to Shoemon and Hatsune Shintani. Kazumi grew up in Liberty Bay in the Puget Sound of Washington. He lived with his family on a houseboat and he and his siblings rowed a boat to school. He helped with the family's Liberty Bay Oyster Company until they were evacuated in 1942 during the Japanese incarceration. After serving in the army during the Korean War, Kazumi studied broadcasting in New York at the RCA School of Broadcasting. He met Doris Matsuoka in New York and they were married December 25, 1955. The couple moved to Ames, Iowa where Kazumi worked for WOI-TV. In 1959, they moved next to Lodi, California where they raised their four children. Kazumi took a job working in Stockton as a broadcast engineer for television station KOVR Channel 13. He was very supportive of the Lodi Buddhist Church Boy Scouts, taught his sons how to work on cars, was active in his daughter's art career, and took the family on long car rides and camping trips. After retiring in 1991, Kaz and Doris enjoyed traveling throughout the U.S., Canada, and Japan as well as spending time with their four grandchildren. A very dedicated husband, he spent several years caring for Doris during her extended illness. Kaz is survived by his daughter Na Omi Judy Shintani (Victor) of Half Moon Bay, CA; son Jeff Shintani (Lisbeth Benninger) of San Francisco, CA; son David Shintani (Christie Howard) of Reno, NV; son Mark Shintani (Dale) of San Mateo, CA; and his four granddaughters Kai, Elena, Claire, and Kate.
Published by Lodi-News Sentinel from Oct. 29 to Nov. 4, 2021.