5/29/1920 – 7/31/2017
Jiro Matsuyama, 97, passed away peacefully on July 31, 2017 in Ventura, Calif. Jiro was born in Los Angeles, Calif. on May 29, 1920 to Munejiro and Masano Matsuyama. He graduated from John C. Fremont High School in Los Angeles and went on the graduate from Curtiss Wright Technical Institute of Aeronautics in Glendale, Calif. as an airplane mechanic. Jiro’s evacuation to Manzanar Internment Camp during World War II cut short his career as an airplane mechanic. Trout fishing in the Eastern Sierra Mountains with family and friends and flying model airplanes were two of his favorite past times.
Jiro married Nobuye (Nobie) Tabata on Oct. 6, 1953 in Los Angeles where they started a family of a daughter Nancy and sons, Robert (Bob) and James (Jim). Jiro and his brother, Kikuo (Kik), moved to Carpinteria in 1965 to relocate K.M. Nursery from Gardena. He worked at the nursery until his retirement in December 2013. In 2015, Jiro and Nobie moved from Carpinteria to the Lexington Assisted Living facility in Ventura where they have spent the last two years meeting new people and making new friends.
Jiro is survived by his beloved wife, Nobie; sons Bob Matsuyama (Rachel) and Jim Matsuyama (Dorothy); grandchildren Brian, Monica, Tyler, Tanner, Tom and Andrew; great-grandson Isaiah; sister Yoneko Enomoto and numerous nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents, Munejiro and Masano; brother Kik; sister Haruye Kishimoto and daughter Nancy Narasaki. The family wishes to extend their gratitude to all the…
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