Tommy Katsuji Uyemaruko

October 7, 1951October 8, 2012

Tommy, age 61, passed away and went to be with the Lord on Monday, October 8, 2012. Tommy was born on October 7, 1951, to Katsumi and Sally Uyemaruko.

He grew up on his family farm in west Fresno, and graduated from Central Union High School in 1969. He was on the Varsity Tennis team. He went on to graduate from California State University, Fresno in 1973. He married Karen Fujioka on November 4, 1989.

He enjoyed fishing, tennis, painting, playing the guitar, singing in his church choir, playing in the church worship band and spending time with his two dogs, Hannah and Brandy.

Tommy owned and enjoyed running his hamburger restaurant in downtown Fresno for the past 36 years.

He was a very kind and generous man, always willing to help others. He will be greatly missed by all.

Tommy is survived by his loving wife, Karen; his mother, Sally; his sisters, Jo Ann and her husband Dawson, Julie and her husband Rodney; his niece, Alisha; and his nephew, Garrett and his wife Helen; and Grant.

A Memorial Service will be held at First Chinese Baptist Church on Sunday, October 14, 2012, at 2:00 pm.


  • Memorial Service Sunday, October 14, 2012

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Gustavo Aparicio

April 2, 2013

He was the best hamburger cook ever he was a nice man he's hamburgers were the best

November 2, 2012

My deepest sympathy to the Uyemaruko family and Karen, and especially Aunt Sally, Joann and Julie.
Tom was such a gentle, mellow soul who always had a smile for everyone. I remember when he used to come over to our apartment when Irwin and I lived on Ashlan in Fresno to swim in the pool. We spent many a hot summer on the softball field and afterwards barbecuing. Wonderful memories.
I just heard this sad news today. Please know that I am so sorry for your loss.

Ed Gallo

October 19, 2012

Tom was my best friend throughout elementary and high school. Spoke with him about a year ago. What a sad day when I got the news. Rest in peace Tommy and thanks for the precious memories from our youth. Ed Gallo

October 19, 2012

We at FCOE are saddened to know we will no longer have Tommy's Burgers and all the other menu choices to enjoy at lunch. Nor will we be seeing Tommy's smiling face over the counter. The quality of his cooking and the way he managed his restaurant was a gem in downtown Fresno. Tommy we'll miss you!


October 19, 2012

Dear Tommy, I was shocked and sadden when I read in the newspaper of your passing. I will miss you and yes your hamburgers. I always told everyone you made the best hambergers.
I first met you at your restaurant almost 30 years ago. Although it was only friendly conversation at your restaurant, we became friends. You meet my wife and children. We talked about visiting each others home, but it never happened.
I regret not making the mundo you said you liked and the opportunity to hear and practice playing the guitar with you. Maybe we could have gone fishing, maybe I could have been there for you.
So long my friend. Cecil

Maria Serrano

October 18, 2012

So many memories over the last 22 years I visited Tommys. You will truely be missed by many. Dowtown will never be the same now that you are gone.

Rene Van Pelt

October 16, 2012

Tommy you where by far the best boss i've ever had i will never forget you opened a savings account in my name and would take alittle out of each check until i had enough saved and we went to withdrawl my savings and you took me to get my first car you had a loving soul im going to miss you!

Jean Stroud

October 16, 2012

My condolences to the Uyemaruko family.

Jeanette Roberts

October 16, 2012

My heart goes out to your family. I had the honor and privilege of waiting on Tommy several days a week for the last 21 years. He had the most genuine smile and he seemed to simply love life. His love of fishing was almost always in our conversations. He was always so nice to us. You will be greatly missed Tommy. Love from your friends at Smart & Final

October 14, 2012

Pat and Larry Frank, so sorry for your loss.