|Birth: ||Dec. 3, 1916|
|Death: ||Jun. 20, 2011|
Eddie "Masumi" [Massan] Kobayashi, Longtime Strawberry Farmer from Pajaro Valley and Salinas, CA Dies:
Eddie "Masumi" Kobayashi, one of the regions first farmers to successfully grow strawberries and distribute them nationwide passed away on June 20, 2011. He was 94.
Eddie "Masumi" was born December 3, 1916 in the rural Pajaro Valley where his parents grew and farmed apples. At age 3, he moved with his mother to the city of Iwakuni in the Yamaguchi Prefecture of Japan. Eddie attended school in Japan throughout the sixth grade. At age 14, he returned to the United States to continue farming by his father's side.
Eddie met and married Fumiko [Jean] Yagi-also from Parajo. They were married March 21, 1940 and remained together in the area until the outbreak of World War II. For 3 years, Eddie and his wife were interned separately, but later reunited at the Poston, AZ concentration camp where their daughter Sumiye [Madeline] Huffstutter was born in 1944. A second child [their son], Ronald Thomas Kobayashi, M.D. was born in 1948 in Watsonville, CA.
Eddie continued a successful career in the strawberry farming business until his retirement in the early 80's. A strong, intensely humble man, happily married for 71 years, he lived in a modest ranch style home in Watsonville, CA for over 40 years before moving to Guam, U.S.A. in October 25, 1999 to live with his son and daughter-in-law and their 3 children.
List of Accomplishments and Success & Multiple Awards:
Eddie K Strawberries [private label distribution]; nationwide distribution [via Driscoll]; Blue Ribbon awards at Monterey & Santa Cruz County Fairs; numerous farms in Castroville and Salinas.
His love and memories will forever remain in the hearts of his: Wife of 71 years: Fumiko Jean Yagi Kobayashi, Son & Daughter-in-Law & Grand Children: Ronald T. Kobayashi, M.D. & wife Sheila E. Kobayashi, Grandchildren; Troy-Namito, Aaron-Kano, & Aika-Tasi of Guam, U.S.A. Grandson & Wife and Great Grand-Daughter: Sean Ronald Kobayashi & wife Tricia Tobin Kobayashi, Great Granddaughter; Autumn Kobayashi, Santa Cruz, CA Patricia Glass Prescott [Sean's Mother] of California, Brothers & Sisters-in-Law: Masako Harada & Ted Harada, Gardenia, Los Angeles CA, Chiyoko Yagi & Harry Yagi [Deceased] Watsonville, CA
Betty Yagi & Tami Yagi [Deceased], Watsonville, CA, Aya Kobayashi [Deceased] San Jose, CA, Daughter & Grand Children: Sumiye Madeline Huffstutter, Grand Children: Dawn Knobloch, Sumi Arnold, Regina Mannicia, Edward Kobayashi, Brianna Britton and 6 great grand-children and numerous nieces and nephews in California and Japan.
In his death, he now joins his: Father: Soichi Kobayashi, Mother: Kinuyo Masaki Kobayashi, Siblings: Soeru Robert Kobayashi, San Jose, CA, Misuko Kobayashi, Fumiye K. Akimoto, Susumu Kobayashi, Sachiko Okihara [Wakimura, Japan] Koichi Kobayashi from Iwakuni & Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan.
A private memorial was held for the family at Our Lady of Peace Church in Guam on July 2nd, 2011.
Published in Santa Cruz Sentinel on July 13, 2011.
Created by: Michael Harrington
Record added: Jul 16, 2011
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