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George Higashi Obituary

George Toru Higashi
George Toru Higashi

June 17, 1925 - May 17, 2017
Born in Inglewood, CA.
Resided in Salinas, CO
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George Toru Higashi, 91, of Salinas passed away on May 17, 2017. He was born on June 17, 1925 in Inglewood, California to Iso and Gozaemon Higashi.
Son of Japanese immigrants, George began a long career in the agricultural business in Inglewood, California. Under Executive Order 9066, the family moved to Brighton, Colorado where they continued farming during World War II. In 1949, the family set roots in the Salinas Valley where they began farming 38 acres on Carr Lake, George's final residence. George spent over 70 years in the agricultural business, farming in Inglewood California, Brighton Colorado, the San Joaquin Valley, and throughout the Salinas Valley. In 2001, he was recognized by the United States Department of Agriculture for his contributions to American Agriculture.
George enjoyed travelling all over the world--often visiting places more than once, growing his own summer garden, and spending time with his grandchildren. George was a board member of the Salinas Valley Japanese American Citizens League and Yamato Cemetery. He was a supporter of many organizations including the Japanese American National Museum, National Japanese American Memorial Foundation, Lincoln Avenue Presbyterian Church, Chartwell School and the Salinas Buddhist Temple. He was a founding member of the UC Davis Chancellor's Club.
George was preceded in death by his daughter, Carolyn Higashi; parents, Iso and Gozaemon Higashi; his sister, Kazuko Fushimi; and his brothers, Noburo Higashi and Shiro Higashi.
He leaves behind his wife of 63 years, Janice Higashi, sons, Gary Higashi and Kenneth Higashi (Lyn); daughter, Shari Higashi; and grandchildren, Megan Higashi, Gregory Higashi, and Douglas Higashi, as well as numerous family members.
Memorials may be made to Salinas Valley Japanese American Citizens League and/or Yamato Cemetery.
A memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on June 24, 2017 at the Buddhist Temple of Salinas, 14 California Street, Salinas CA 93901.




Memorial Service
Buddhist Temple of Salinas
14 California Street
Salinas, CA US 93901
Saturday, June 24, 2017
1:00 PM


Salinas Valley Japanese American Citizens League
P.O. Box 585
Salinas, CA 93902
Yamato Cemetery