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March 2021, Volume 71, Issue 3


Frank Akira Tsuboi, 97, passed away peacefully due to natural causes on December 8, 2020, with family at his side. He was born in Seattle, WA to Frank Kakichi Tsuboi and Tamiye Yokoyama. He was the oldest son and last surviving of six children.

Frank graduated from Broadway High School in 1941. In 1942, after the start of WWII, he and his family were unjustifiably incarcerated at the Minidoka War Relocation Center in Hunt, ID. He was released from Minidoka in 1944 to attend a school for auto mechanics in Minnesota. In 1946, he served in the US Army as a Tech Gr 5. Frank met his loving wife, Dorothy Honda, in Minneapolis, MN. They were married on June 24, 1950 and celebrated almost 60 years together before her passing on February 8, 2010.

Frank retired in 1989 after 32 years as a Flight Engineer. He worked for NW Airlines and several charter cargo airlines. He was a member of the Air Line Pilots Association, International. He traveled throughout the US and the world, but he loved Seattle the best! In his younger years, he did sumo wrestling and won the Minneapolis welter weight Golden Gloves Boxing Championship in 1949. He was a lifetime member of the NVC and JACL. In 1981, he testified at the Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians hearings at Seattle Central Community College to advocate for Japanese American redress and an apology. Congress passed the Civil Liberties Act of 1988 and it was signed into law by President Reagan on August 10, 1988. A copy of his testimony can be found at: https://ddr.densho.org/media/ddr-densho-67/ddr-densho-67-158-mezzanine-ca3c464336.pdf.

As a child, Frank was a bugler in his Boy Scouts drum and bugle corp. After retiring, he joined the Kimochi Ukulele Band. His hobbies included gardening, fishing, clamming, crabbing, jigging for squid, hunting matsutake, golfing, and camping. He wrote in his journal how he especially loved his family.

The family would like to thank his wonderful past caretakers: Joseph, Akiko, Mikako, Ritsu, Keiro staff (RN Marylou, CNA's Eleni, Todd, Mark, Norma, Juliet), loving care from 1st Hope AFH (RN Josephine, Janet, David, Bilha, Lucy, Anastasia, Abdul, Abnery) and Providence Hospice (RN Joy). A very special thanks to his long time Pac Med Internist, Dr. David D. True.

Frank was preceded in death by his loving wife Dorothy and siblings Hideko Shimomura, Louise Kashino-Takisaki, Henry Tsuboi, Roy Tsuboi, and Esther Tsuboi. He is survived by his five loving children ~ Carmen Tsuboi Chan (Paul), Frank L, Don (Marilyn), Normalea, Tony; three granddaughters Mika (Andy Faulhaber), Mari (Jesse Enebrad), Michelle Tsuboi, great grandson Joel Enebrad, sister-in law Jane Tsuboi, and many nieces and nephews.

Due to COVID, there will be no service. A private burial will be done in the Spring or Summer 2021. Remembrances may be made to Densho or Blaine Memorial United Methodist Church.