George Tsutomu Tanimasa

January 20, 1931 ~ July 19, 2018 (age 87)


After a long and fulfilling life, George Tsutomu Tanimasa died peacefully of natural causes at the age of 87. His unique combination of wisdom, generosity, and compassion won him the affection of his family and friends.

George was born in Castroville, California on January 20, 1931. He was the youngest of four children born to Jiro and Masako Tanimasa.

After graduating from Watsonville High School, George was proud to serve his country during the Korean War as a U.S. Marine. He then went on to raise Driscoll’s strawberries for Porter Berry Farm for over 40 years.

George was an avid Bay Area sports fan. As a season ticket holder for many years, he could often be found at a 49ers game rain or shine.

The greatest thing he cared for in his life was his family. Together with his loving wife, Fumi, he was proud to have three children: Lloyd (Nancy) Tanimasa, Nancy Kaneshiro, and Linda (Cliff) Wu; seven grandchildren: Chris, Jared, Amanda, Tyler, Teddy, Timmy, and Ally and a great- granddaughter named Amy. He is also survived by his sister, Betty Morimune, and many nieces and nephews.

Private services will be held at a later date. Mehl’s Colonial Chapel was entrusted with the arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Watsonville Buddhist Temple, Hospice, or the charity of your choice.

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