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August 2019, Volume 69, Issue 7


Masayuki Shimada was born October 6, 1939 in Torrance, CA to Masao and Sachiko Shimada. As a three-year-old, he was taken with his family to Rohwer Concentration Camp. The US government then transferred them to Tule Lake Concentration Camp for the remainder of the war. After WWII his family moved to Cleveland, OH. He graduated from East High School and then from UC Berkeley with a degree in Engineering. He was then drafted and served two years in the US Army.

His love of math and interest in computers led him to work for the City of San Francisco as one of their first computer programmers. After he moved to Seattle, he continued to work as a programmer/systems analyst, primarily at Puget Sound Energy until his retirement in 2003.

Masayuki died peacefully surrounded by family and friends following a brief battle with cancer. He leaves his wife of 49 years, Shirley, and daughter Midori, her husband Ian and two grandsons, Alexander and Nathan. He is also survived by sister Keiko and nephews Martin (Emily), Warren (Hannah) and Ward, and sister-in-law Nancy. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Koichi, and sister Hiromi.


Koji William Tada was born on January 1, 1922, the fifth child of Genjiro and Yoshi Tada in Seattle, Washington. He attended Greenlake Elementary and later West Seattle High School, where he graduated in 1940. He passed away on April 12, 2019 at age 97.

The Tada family was among many Japanese Americans forced into incarceration camps from the West Coast and Alaska, ending up at Minidoka, a camp near Hunt, Idaho. He was drafted into the U.S. Army in the summer of 1944, joining his two older brothers who were already serving in Europe. As part of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, Koji earned the rank of Technical Sergeant and was decorated with the Bronze Star. After completing Army occupation duty in Italy in 1947, Koji returned to Seattle. He worked briefly as a mechanic at Boeing, served again in the U.S. Army reserve during the Korean War and was discharged as a Master Sergeant.

He entered the University of Washington in 1952 and earned his M.B.A. in 1956. He was a life member of the Nisei Veterans Committee and a talented league bowler at Imperial lanes in Seattle. He met and married Yohko Kohsaka in 1960, settling first on Beacon Hill and later in West Seattle. They had two sons, Richard and Steven. Koji was a quiet man and gave much thought before speaking or acting. Brave, modest and compassionate are the words that best describe his personality and moral fortitude. He cared unfailingly for his wife until his passing despite both being in declining health. He is survived by his wife Yohko, and his son, Steven. Donations may be made to Faith Bible Church.