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Isao Matsui

June 4, 1922 ~ November 27, 2021 (age 99)


Isao “Sully” Matsui passed away peacefully on November 27, 2021 at Venetian Residential Care Home in San Jose, California with his family by his side.  He leaves his sons Doug (Carolyn) and their children Ross and Courtney (Ryan) and Paul (Lori) and their children Scott (Yeajee) and their son Carter and Ryan (Frances).  He was predeceased by his wife Tamiko who he was married to for almost 64 years.  He was also predeceased by his great grandson Ryan “Bubba” Matsui Jr. and his parents Nihei and Midori Matsui.

Isao had four siblings; Peggy (Johnny) Kurimoto, Evy (Carmel) Kamigawachi, Alice (Jim) Misumi and Tommy (Vi) Matsui.  He was predeceased by all except his loving sister Alice.  

Isao was born in Watsonville on June 4, 1922.  He lived in Watsonville his entire life except for his time in the US Army where he spent time in Germany and Japan and his last two years at Venetian Residential Care Home in San Jose near his sons.  Isao spent over 40 years working for the City of Watsonville handling landscaping and maintenance at the city parks.  He spent many years at Ramsay Park and was proud of how it was maintained. 

Isao loved his family and enjoyed spending time with all of them.  He enjoyed fishing, baking his famous apple pies and apple turnovers using apples from his 12-tree backyard orchard that he took care of meticulously.  He also loved gardening and was always inventing things to make his work easier and more efficient.  And as anyone that knew him knows, he really enjoyed telling “Jichan” jokes. 

The family truly appreciates Isao’s sister Alice Misumi and his late nephew Rodney Misumi who looked in on him and brought him meals every day for many years before he moved to San Jose.  They would also like to thank his caretaker Vergie Quezeda who became one of his best friends as she cared for him in an exceptional manner.

Due to Covid no service is scheduled at this time. Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Mehl’s Colonial Chapel.

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