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February 2007, Volume 57, Issue 2


            John was born in Seattle, WA on November 26, 1922 and passed away on January 30, 2007.  At the age of 6 he went to live in Japan returning in 1935.  John attended Maryknoll School and O’Dea High School until he was incarcerated with his family in the Minidoka Relocation Center in Idaho.  While incarcerated, John volunteered for the 442nd Regimental Combat Team and was wounded in action in Italy.  After his discharge from service John attended Burnley Art School.  He was employed at the Boeing Company, retiring after 32 years of service.

            John painted in his spare time and was proud to have his paintings shown at many galleries including, Seattle Art Museum, Zoe Duzanne Gallery and the 1962 Worlds Fair.  He enjoyed being part of the celebrated NW Asian American Artists.

            John is preceded in death by his parents, Thomas and Theresa; brother, Michael and sister, Mary Elizabeth.  John is survived by his wife, Lillian; sons, Dr. Paul (Maureen) of MA, Peter (Nancy), Gary, his daughter, Ann, and grandchildren, Joseph and Michael Yee, Kellie, Kimberly, Jaymi, Hana and John Thomas Matsudaira.  He is also survived by his brothers, Tebo (Midge), Jim (Hisa), Sappo (Joyce) of CA., Mitch, Joe (Brenda), Vincent (Charlotte) of CA., Steven (Linda) Matsudaira, and sisters Pauline (Mako) Yaguchi, Ida Matsudaira and Theresa(Wes) Kokame, and sister in-law Barbara.

            A Funeral Mass was held on Saturday, February 3, 2007 at St. Paul’s Catholic Church with burial at Holyrood Cemetery. Remembrances may be made to O’Dea Development Fund: 802 Terry Ave. So. Seattle WA 98104, Maryknoll Fathers: 958 16th Ave. East Seattle, WA 98112 or St. Paul’s School: 10001 57th Ave. So. Seattle. WA 98178.


            Jiro Namatame, NVC past commander in 1970-71 passed away on January 24, 2007 after complications from pneumonia. He was born on September 7, 1923. Jiro was preceded in death by his loving wife, Chiyoko in 2002.  He is survived by sons Glenn (Raquel), Brian (Carol; daughter Susan (Paul) Antonio; five grandchildren; two great grandchildren and numerous nephews and nieces.  A memorial service was held on February 3, 2007 at Bonney-Watson Chapel.