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Pacific View Mortuary & Memorial Park

3500 Pacific View Drive, Corona Del Mar, CA

Please note that the Graveside Service on Friday, Aug 16, 2019 is for family only. We will hold Memorial Service on Tuesday, Aug 13, 2019 for everyone to attend. We sincerely appreciate the outpouring...
OBITUARY

Kimiko Yokota

May 25, 1911August 4, 2019

Kimiko Yokota was born on May 25, 1911 in Los Angeles, California and passed away on August 4, 2019 in Mission Viejo, California.

Services

  • Visitation Tuesday, August 13, 2019
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, August 13, 2019
  • Visitation Tuesday, August 13, 2019

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Kimiko Yokota

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Waruko and Shige Yokota (Kimiko's parents) - Los Angeles

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The Yokota Family - Los Angeles

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Kimiko and Waruko Yokota

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Kenichi and Kimiko Yokota

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Kimiko and Koichi

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Waruko and Shige Yokota (Kimiko's parents) - Los Angeles

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The Yokota Family - Los Angeles

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Kimiko and Waruko Yokota

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Kenichi and Kimiko Yokota

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Kimiko and Koichi

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Biography

Kimiko Yokota was born on May 25th, 1911 in Los Angeles to Waroku and Shige Yokota. She spent almost all her childhood years in Los Angeles receiving her education at Boyle St. Elementary School, El Centro Jr. High School and graduating from Polytechnic High School in Boyle Heights. Thereafter, she received a certificate in dress making and costume design at a Los Angeles trade school after working alongside her mother, who started the first sewing college in Los Angeles.

At the age of 21, Kimiko went to Hiroshima after her father suggested she go back in hopes of finding a husband. She was introduced to Kenichi Koyama by relatives, and they married shortly thereafter. By 1945, they had four children, three boys and one girl. Their only daughter passed away at the age of two due to a traumatic head injury. Kimiko, Kenichi and their three boys were in Hiroshima when the atomic bomb was dropped on August 6, 1945. Due to early evacuation from the city center and miraculous circumstances, everyone in the family survived the blast with no major injuries nor any effects from the radiation fallout.

Her fourth son was born in 1948 and six years later in 1954, the entire family moved back to the United States, settling in the Boyle Heights area of Los Angeles. She worked for a jewelry company for many years in Los Angeles while raising her family in their new environment. Kimiko and Kenichi lived in Los Angeles until 1978 and then moved in with their eldest son’s family in Huntington Beach and then eventually moving with them to Laguna Niguel beginning in 1980.

Kimiko (Ba-chan to her family members) will be dearly missed but she would have wanted everyone to celebrate her life. Her story is something that entire generations after her will learn from and look back at with admiration. She had such a positive outlook in life and her smile was infectious. She is survived by her four sons, Koichi, Masaaki, Edward, and Takayoshi Yokota, and her many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.