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March 17, 1932 – February 8, 2022

Clinton Masao Furuya was born on March 17, 1932 in Kahana Valley on the island of Oahu. His parents were Shigeru Furuya, a farmer and carpenter, and Misako Furuya, a farmer and mother of four. Clinton was the oldest of his siblings, Clarence, Evelyn, and Florence.

Clinton attended Farrington High School, University of Hawaii, and went to medical school at St. Louis University. After medical school Clinton joined the Navy where he proudly served for 32 years. While stationed at San Diego Naval Hospital he met Cherrel Salyer, a Navy nurse, and they were married in 1963. Their two daughters, Ann Michelle and Momi Kay, were born while Clinton was stationed in Bremerton.

In 1969 Clinton joined Dr. Daniel Madigan and Dr. Frank Senewald at the Bellevue Ear, Nose and Throat Clinic. Clinton and Cherrel made their home in Pike’s Peak where their daughters could have ponies. After retiring from his medical practice in 1997, Clinton traveled the world with Cherrel. He took up karate, earning his black belt when in his 60s. And he greatly enjoyed his grandchildren, Kayleigh, Kate, and Chris.

Clinton’s ashes will rest at Tahoma National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Overlake Medical Center Foundation.

February 23, 1930 – February 11, 2022

George Mano passed away peacefully on Feb. 11, 2022, 12 days short of his 92nd birthday, and was fortunate to have his immediate family beside him during the last days of his life. George was born in Seattle to Kikujiro and Riki (Goto) Mano, the youngest of three children. He attended Bryn Mawr and Henry Ford elementary schools, and in the sixth grade, his family was forcefully sent to Pinedale (Fresno) Assembly Center and then Tule Lake and Minidoka incarceration camps during World War II. After the war, George returned to Seattle and in 1951, was drafted into the US Army, and served in Korea.

In 1955, George married Irene Fujii, and they moved to Los Angeles, where he worked at Douglas Aircraft. Three years later, they moved back to Seattle, where George graduated from the University of Washington with a BS in Electrical Engineering and accepted a job at Boeing, where he worked for 32 years.

An active member of the Seattle Betsuin Buddhist Church, George served on the board, and was instrumental in the planning and construction of the Wisteria View Manor. He was heavily involved in his children’s’ church-sponsored activities—Camp Fire Girls, Boy Scouts, and Drum and Bugle Corps.

George is survived by his wife Irene; daughters Stephanie Mano, Charlene (Eugene) Mano Shen, Leslie (Richard) Matsuda, and Andrea Mano; son Mark (Lisa White) Mano; and six grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his father Kikujiro, mother Riki, stepmother Tase, sister Kiyoko Miyahara, and brother Toshio Mano.

A life celebration is planned for a later date. Donations can be made to the Seattle Betsuin Buddhist Church, Nisei Veterans Committee in Seattle, or the charity of your choice.

December 27, 1932 – January 29, 2022

Yoshitada “Yosh” Nakagawa passed away peacefully on January 29, 2022, surrounded by his family, succumbing to his third battle with cancer. Yosh was born on December 27, 1932, to father Tetsuzo and mother Suyeko. He began school at Bailey Gatzert Elementary until his education was interrupted by his family’s imprisonment at Minidoka Prison Camp. After being freed from Minidoka, the family returned to Seattle where he graduated from Garfield High School. Yosh attended Linfield College before graduating from the University of Washington. During college, he entered ROTC and was commissioned to the 2nd Lt. Infantry at the rank of captain.

In high school, Yosh was the stock boy as well as janitor at Osborn and Ulland Sporting Goods store. Over the next 45 years he worked his way to President of the company. Yosh was awarded many honors, a few of these being: Garfield High School “Golden Grads Hall of Fame”, Northwest Skier’s Hall of Fame, Boy Scouts’ God and Country Award, Jitsuo Morikawa ABHMS Healing and Transforming Communities Award, Cora and John Sparrowk Award, and the Head Silver Ski. Yosh was a lifelong member of Japanese Baptist Church.

Yosh is survived by Sue, his wife of 65 years, his sister Mary (Chuck) Matsumoto, daughter Dr. Lisa (Dr. Alan) Kiyohara, son Mark (Joni), daughter Linda, grandsons Brett Nakagawa, Tyler Nakagawa and Nicolas Kiyohara, sister-in-law Chiyoko Doi, and numerous nieces and nephews.

A more complete biography of Yosh’s life can be found at washelli.com. A celebration of life will be held later this year when it can be done so more safely. If you would like more information, please e-mail the family at yoshnakagawaou@gmail.com. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts can be made in Yosh’s name to the charity of your choice.

1940 to 2022

Born in 1940 at the Lahaina Pioneer cannery camp hospital in Maui, Alan Yabui lived his boyhood in Lahaina, but moved in 1950 to property his family bought at Kahana Sunset. He was accepted at Kansas State University in 1957. In 1959 he started in the Agricultural and Mechanical College at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas and graduated in August 1962. He went to graduate school at Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon. He also attended San Diego State University.

Alan served over 24 years in the U.S. Air Force as a commissioned officer and retired a Lt. Colonel in 1989. He served in Vietnam (1969-1970) and served in Alaska, Kansas, Iowa, Montana, and Arizona as a weapon’s controller and strategic missile staff officer. As the commander (1982-84) of the 570th Strategic Missile Squadron, he helped to deactivate 18 Titan II strategic missiles at Davis-Monthan AFB, Arizona (1983-1984).

Alan served as the Vice Commander of the Nisei Veterans Committee 2004-2005 and was involved in fundraising plans for the NVC Memorial Hall renovation. Alan was active on the Seattle JACL Board, serving on the Scholarship Committee and as First VP in 2004. Alan also worked on the first pilgrimage to Minidoka.

Alan taught Geography at the United States Air Force Academy and Speech Communication at Montana State University before starting at Bellevue Community College in September 1993, where he taught Communication and later Hawaiian Studies, retiring in 2015.

Alan was president of the Bellevue College Association of Higher Education (faculty association) for two terms (1997-1999) and served on the negotiations team and as Vice President at other times. Bellevue College recognized Alan as one of the “Exceptional 50” in 2016 “for exceptional growth and development of the college”.

A Celebration of Alan’s Life will be held at Bellevue College cafeteria (C Building HTTPS://WWW.BELLEVUECOLLEGE.EDU/LOCATION/MAPS/MAIN/) on Tuesday April 12, 2022 from 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm. Wear your best Hawaiian outfit. Contact Leslie Lum LLUM@BELLEVUECOLLEGE.EDU for more information.