Terry K. Takeda

Terry K. Takeda, of Anaheim, Calif., was to have celebrated his 25th Wedding Anniversary on Sept. 24, with his wife Patti Hirahara, but he unfortunately passed away on April 28, 2020.

Terry was a graduate of California State University, Los Angeles with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Mathematics in 1970. He had a 34 year career with the City of Los Angeles Department of Water and Power where he was an Energy Analyst and retired in 2009.

He was a Brown Belt in Judo, a founding member of the 1st Annual Marina/Gardena JACL 8K Run at the Vincent Thomas Bridge on Nov. 23, 1986, the recipient of the Venice/Culver JACL George Inagaki’s Community Service Award for outstanding community involvement in 1993, and a board member of the Greater Los Angeles Singles JACL in 1994. He was also an avid golfer.

Terry was only a baby when his family was sent from Los Angeles to the Heart Mountain Wyoming Relocation Camp, where people of Japanese descent were forcibly relocated from the West Coast of the U.S. during World War II.

He believed in preserving the Japanese American legacy and was supportive of his wife’s many projects across the country. He battled several pre-existing conditions, for over 8 years, but was happy he could have celebrated his 78th birthday, this year, due to having a loving caregiver wife who advocated for his every need.

A Celebration of Life will be held in March of 2022 at the Waverly Chapel at Fairhaven Memorial Park in Santa Ana, California.

Donations may be made in his memory to the Terry K. Takeda Legacy Fund c/o the Washington State University Foundation, P.O. Box 641927, Pullman, WA 99164-1927.