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September 2020, Volume 70, Issue 8

Dwight Funai

Dwight "Dubs" Funai passed away with family by his side on August 22, 2020 after a courageous battle against cancer. Born on July 22, 1947 to Toshio and Yaeko Funai in Woodinville, WA, Dwight was a Vietnam era veteran serving in the US Army's Strategic Communications Center at Fort Shafter. Dwight led fundraisers for Cancer Lifeline, MS Society and was inducted into the Northshore SD's Wall of Honor for his contributions to our community. He retired as a Senior VP for D.A. Davidson where he excelled in investment sales.

Dwight is survived by his loving wife Cindy, brother Harvey (Dayle), sister Diane, son Drew, daughter Katie (Sean), and his princess grand-daughter Keonaonaolilinoe. A formal service will be held in the Spring 2021. Donations to the Humane Society in Dwight's honor are welcomed.

Yoshiro Philip Hayasaka

Philip Hayasaka, passed away peacefully on the morning of Thursday, September 3, 2020. Born in Seattle, Washington on June 2, 1926, he was the youngest of four children. He grew up in an era hostile to Japanese, both in sentiment and laws, and with the outbreak of World War II, his family and others were imprisoned at Camp Minidoka in Idaho. In 1951, Phil graduated from the UW with a degree in Economics. After college, he married Lucy Yoshioka, and in 1958, their first son David was born, followed by Dean in 1961.

Phil served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He served as Director of the Jackson Street Community Council, president of the Seattle Japanese American Citizens League, and various boards. The governor appointed him the first chairperson of the Washington State Asian Advisory Council.

Phil's life experience from a young age led him to work in the arena of civil rights, and in 1963, at the age of 37, he was appointed Director of the newly created Seattle Human Rights Commission, (later a Department). In 1968, he formed the Asian Coalition for Equality, to give Asians a voice. As Bob Santos, a previous Director of Inter*Im said, "...(it) was the first pan-Asian American activist organization in Seattle...Phil actually was the one who got a lot of us involved." In 1976, Phil remarried. He and his wife, Lois have been married for 44 years.

Phil is survived by his wife, Lois, his son David (Terry) Hayasaka and his son Dean Hayasaka, stepchildren Debbie Flores, Greg Fleming, Mark Fleming and grandchildren Jason and Jenni Flores, along with many dear nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Parkinson's Foundation, Northwest Harvest or a charity of your choice.