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August 2021, Volume 71, Issue 7


Mark was born on September 2, 1935, and passed away on June 4, 2021, at the age of 85. He served in the Air Force, graduated from the UW, and was employed by Boeing Co. until retirement. He was preceded in death by parents Harukichi and Shin; siblings: George, Emiko, Roy, and Paul. He leaves behind wife, Terry Terumi and daughter, Sara Mayumi.



Robert “Bob" Okano was born to Toshiyuki and Haruno Okano in Bellingham, WA on 17 December 1929 and was the youngest of their five American-born children.  In the 1930’s, the family relocated to Shelton, WA.  When he was twelve, they were incarcerated at Tule Lake War Relocation Center CA and later transferred to Camp Amache CO.  Upon their release, the Okanos returned to Shelton and Bob graduated from Irene S. Reed High School in 1947.

Bob attended the University of Washington and lived in the SYNKOA house, a co-op for Japanese American men.  After graduation, Bob was drafted into the US Army, serving in Germany.  Following discharge, he began his forty-year career in public education including thirty-seven years with the Seattle School District. He met his future bride, U of O student Carol, in the dorm dining hall. and were married the next year at University Methodist Temple in Seattle. 

Bob was an avid gardener, do-it-yourselfer, and self-described tinkerer.  He kept a large vegetable garden, fruit trees and berries. In retirement, four grandchildren arrived, and Bob became an active grandfather. Bob was a life-long learner, and he and Carol supported their joint pursuit with international travel to Europe, South America, Southeast Asia, Africa, Central Asia, China, and Japan. 

Bob passed away at home on 23 June 2021. He is survived by his beloved wife of 60 years Carol, daughters Eydie (William) and Marilee, grandchildren Brian (Elise), Laura (Benjamin), Naomi and Maria, great-granddaughters Sophie and Theodosia, and nieces and nephews.