Reynaldo Balcena Tagami

April 27, 1948October 17, 2013

Reynaldo Balcena Tagami, 65 years old of Pebble Beach passed away Thursday, October 17, 2013. He left peacefully at his home surrounded by family. He was a wonderful husband to Judy Ann Tapangco Tagami. “To my soul mate, I will miss you and your sense of humor forever.” He was an exceptionally loving, dedicated, inspiring father to Michelle Liana and Kiersten Danielle Tagami. “We will always miss you! Aloha Oe.” Rey attended Watsonville High School, Cabrillo College and Sonoma State University. Rey was an educator at San Benancio Middle School teaching Physical Education, Science Biology and Health, Athletic Director, Coach and Teaching Vice Principal. Rey is survived by his mother, Judith Balcena Tagami of Watsonville, Sister Andrea Bucaloy of Watsonville, Lene Balcena Tagami of San Jose, Robert & Judy Tagami of Washington, Fredrick Tagami of Watsonville, Richard M. and Diane Tagami of Watsonville and Alan and Lynn Tagami of Hollister. Also numerous cousins, nephews and nieces. Many, many Thanks for all those who visited Rey at the Community Hospital of Monterey, Stanford Hospital and home, sending messages, videos, cards and texts. Love with communication helped him along his way. We greatly appreciated Heartland Hospice of Monterey Staff, Claudia, Ginger, Donna, R.N., Rev. Reuben and Maria. Thank you for helping us through a very difficult time on a daily basis keeping our thoughts straight. We find Solace and Peace knowing that Rey has returned to the Lords unconditional love and surrounded by spirits full of peace on the other side. Aloha Oe…..Until we meet again.


  • Celebration of Life Sunday, November 17, 2013

Reynaldo Balcena Tagami

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cherry tagami

June 5, 2014

May you rest in peace my dearest cousin
May you rest in peace my dearest cousin, we pray for you from relatives in phillippines

Raymond Bower SR

March 2, 2014

I am sorry for the Tagami family. I remember "Naldo" way back when he was a young boy. The last time I saw him was in 1966 when we worked the fields together, along with his dad. He was a loader and we were packing lettuce. He was very strong and ery likeable. That year he finished High school and was off to college. Regretfully I never seen him after that. I seen his mom in the eighties she spoke ery v highly of him. Rest in peace Naldo.

Gary Birlem

December 12, 2013

Rey was my high school friend. He was extremely likable and friendly. Although we went our separate ways after school and didn't keep in touch, I was deeply saddened to hear of his passing. My condolences to his family and close friends.

Rigel Chidester

November 18, 2013

Mr. Tagami was my middle school science teacher. I learned a lot in his classes, and was so captivated by science that I am now a middle school science teacher myself. I talk about him a lot in my classes, about labs that I did with him as a middle school student, and am now doing with my students. Rest in peace Mr. Tagami.

Jesse Mahoney

November 15, 2013

For you Rey. I salute you.

Jesse Mahoney

November 15, 2013

When I was young I dated his daughter. I knew of the man who was so caring and full of joy. I felt that he was like a father to me as well. I remember Rey very well. He will be missed very much. I give my heart, blessings, happiness to the entire family during this difficult time. I send you all my love and support. I miss you Rey. much love.

Ingrid Garcia

November 9, 2013

To the Tagami Family, I met Rey for the very first time & the rest of the cousins, aunts & uncles once with my mom, dad and family. And immediately I felt the warmth & love of Rey upon meeting him for the very first time at the 4th of July Family Reunion. It was alot of fun being with the family .. I wish I had come around more often .. It's been such a long time ... cuz I really miss that great Love & Smiles from Rey and the family. May you Rest In Paradise Rey ... We love you & hope to see more of you all & God bless!! Ingrid Z Garcia & Zuraek/Covita Family

Delcar Balcena

November 8, 2013

I will never forget the 4h of July and all will always be reminded of wonderful childhood memories of the Balcena Tagami family Reunion! I feel blessed to be a Balcena and to have had you bless my life… You will be missed Uncle Rey!
Love you

November 7, 2013

So sorry to hear Rey, a wonderful person, has passed away. Did not know he was sick and he was just coaching me how to play the Pebble Beach Golf Course. You will be missed Rey! Condolence to the Tagami Family.

Eli Arzadon, Seaside, California

Christine Vitarisi

November 7, 2013

Mr. Tagami was an excellent Science teacher and Coach. He was an inspiration to all his students. I was influenced primarily with P.E. I was introduced to Volleyball, Basketball, Soccer and Softball; all of which I have been playing ever since. Thank you for being an amazing role model. God Bless.