Private funeral Mass for John Jiro Saito, 84, who passed away on Oct. 16, was held on Oct. 22 at Holy Cross Mortuary in Culver City.
Born and raised in Los Angeles, John was interned at Poston Relocation Center in Arizona during World War II before serving in the U.S. Army. His career included work with the Los Angeles County Probation Department and Human Relations Commission and then with the Japanese American Citizens League as regional director during the redress campaign.
He is survived by his wife, Carol Ann; children, John, Mark and Jennifer (Brian); grandchildren, Hayley Ann and Joey Fukai; brother, Shinobu “Doc” (Yoko) Saito; sister-in-law, Winifred (Arthur) Uyesato; and nephews, Michael, Gerald, Ronald, Phillip and Robert Uyesato.
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