March 9, 1928 – March 26, 2017
Takashi (“Tak” or “Taka”) Togashi who lived in Los Altos for many years, passed away from a sudden heart attack at the age of 89 on March 26, 2017 in Palo Alto, California.
His quiet and generous nature will be missed by those who have known him his whole life and by those who have only known him briefly. He will be remembered for his generosity and caregiving for his elderly parents. Taka is predeceased by his parents, 2 brothers, 3 sisters and 2 nephews. He is survived by his 2 sisters, Kiyome (Kiyo) and Sakiko (Saki), 5 nephews and 6 nieces.
Taka’s father Shinsaburo and mother Mitsue, both born in Yamagata-Ken, Japan, were married in 1912 and raised their large family in Modesto, California. Taka, the youngest child, was born in Modesto on March 9, 1928. He always loved to play and watch sports. As a boy he went swimming in the irrigation ditches. He played basketball and football with his neighbourhood friends. When Taka was 14 he learned to play baseball at the Merced County Fair Grounds. As an adult, he bowled, played basketball and followed the horse races and many sports teams closely. He could always tell you which horses were favoured to win and which professional football, basketball and baseball teams were doing well.
During World War II when the Japanese Americans were moved from California, his family was interned by the U.S. Government to the Merced Assembly Center at the Merced County Fair Grounds. After a short stay in Merced his family was sent in 1942 to the Amache Relocation Center in Granada, Colorado, until the war ended. Taka graduated from high school in Amache. In 1946 the family began their new lives in Boulder, Colorado.
The U.S. Army drafted Taka in June 1946. He did Basic Training at Fort Bliss, TX and was sent to Tokyo, Japan in late 1946 where he had an office assignment on the 13th Floor of the “GHQ” Teikoku Building, near the Imperial Palace moat in Marunouchi Tokyo. He received his honourable discharge in late 1947.
Taka’s 33-year career in the U.S Postal Service began in Denver 1956, then continued in 1970 in Palo Alto, California. During his post retirement years, he enjoyed driving to the horse race tracks at Bay Meadows in San Mateo, and Golden Gate Fields in Emeryville.
The public is invited to his memorial service which will be held at 10:00 a.m. on April 24, 2017, at the Alta Mesa Cemetery Chapel in Palo Alto. He will be interred at Alta Mesa Memorial Park, 695 Arastradero Road, Palo Alto, CA 94306.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Takashi Togashi to Aldersgate United Methodist Church (AUMC), 4243 Manuela Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94306.