Steven Taira Tomiyama
July 30, 1948 – May 7, 2021
Steven Tomiyama was born July 30, 1948 to Noboru and Sayoko Tomiyama.
Steven was the "baby" of the family to older siblings Ann, Alan and Susan until 12 years old when younger brother, Bruce, was born. Steven was rambunctious as a child, he walked to & from school (uphill both ways), played little league baseball & attended Dharma School. The Tomiyama family enjoyed vacations, including trips to Disneyland and visits with family in Southern California, and celebrating birthdays and holidays together.
Steven met Akie Santohigashi at the Buddhist Temple of San Diego through Jr. YBA. Steven and Akie married on October 25, 1969 and began their life in North Park. Son Garrick was born in 1970 and daughter Lorin was born in 1972. Steven graduated from San Diego State University and he began his career in title insurance at Safeco in 1972.
Steven was an active dad – making big weekend breakfasts of home-made potato chips, pancakes or waffles, attending soccer games & pacing along the sidelines at the close games, and taking the family on trips to national parks (Grand Canyon, Yosemite, Sequoia, Zion, Bryce), to San Francisco, Colorado & Texas, to Vancouver for Expo ’86 & Disney World in Orlando.
During his time in Y-Indian Guides with Garrick, Steven learned to fish, which became a passion in his life through to the end. Steven traveled to Loreto, Mexico each May for a week-long trip with his buddies for 30 years. He also became an expert rod-builder & shared his passion & knowledge with friends. In the past few years, he continued to enjoy fishing through his rod building club and via YouTube.
Steven and Akie loved to travel and also began cruising in his retirement years. Together and with family, they traveled to throughout the continental US, Alaska, Hawaii, Japan, China & Italy. Steven invested in time share properties to ensure our family vacationed together as we grew.
At the ripe age of 52, Steven became a grandfather to Hailey and Jackson in 2000 and to Thomas, Chad and Jenna in 2002. He spent countless hours babysitting & planning new family adventures. He planned the family trips to Disneyland, Hawaii, Orlando, Breckenridge, Williamsburg, Park City and Japan.
After being diagnosed with Parkinson’s /MSA in 2016, Steven continued to devote his time to his passions of fishing, traveling, food and family. In October 2019, Steven and Akie celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary with a cruise to Japan & China, where he checked off the Great Wall of China from his bucket list. He also enjoyed a Mexican Riviera Cruise and a trip to Disneyland in early 2020 before the world changed due to the Coronavirus.
At the end of his life, Steven was surrounded by his family & friends and found comfort in the Nembutsu, his Buddhist faith.
Steven passed away on May 7, 2021 at the age of 72. He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Akie, son Garrick, daughter Lorin, son-in-law Brian and grandchildren Hailey, Jackson, Thomas, Chad and Jenna.
Steven Taira Tomiyama
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Lee and Sue Moribe
June 3, 2021
Steven and Aki, you both fought the "good fight". It won't be the same without you Steven.
We treasure the memories of those days when you'd take the kids fishing at Dharma School campouts. They had such fun!
Over the years we really appreciated all the fish and sashimi you gave us -- nothing like freshly caught!
Seems like only yesterday when we helped you celebrate your retirement party at the Grande Colonial, and we got to see pix of your "trophy wife". She is still beautiful.
Thank you for being a fellow Bonbu and a part of our lives.
Gassho and with love, Lee and Sue
May 18, 2021
Steve and I worked with each other in one form or another for decades. We continued our friendship after retirement attending "Title God" luncheons regularly. I don't think I've known a more honorable person.
My sincere and profound condolences to Aki and his family.
May 12, 2021
I have the utmost respect for Steve and will always be grateful for his faith in me when I went to work for him at Safeco Title in 1981.
I have told the story to many over the years about how he went to bat for me with management when the company was reluctant to hire me.
His patience and advice on how to be your best in a title sales position propelled me and created a 38 year career!
My condolences to his family....you will be missed my friend.
Ron and Judy Bearskin
May 11, 2021
We are so sorry to hear of Steve passing. We both worked with him years ago. He was a great guy with such a warm smile. His family and friends are in our prayers.
May 11, 2021
Besides learning so much about title insurance from Steve, he taught me much of what I know about deep sea fishing. Steve was a fish magnet and was the coolest, calmest guy on the boat. My fishing sensei!! We are all going to miss a great guy. Love ya and condolences to the family. Now go hang a big one in heaven’s ocean ❤️😇🎣
May 11, 2021
So many great memories of Steve and the years we worked together - he was a great boss and always willing to help out. Steve had a great sense of humor and his ability to stay cool when things got tough was something I always admired about him. You will be missed Steve. My thoughts and prayers are with your entire family. I will always cherish the good laughs and times we all had when sharing stories and adult beverages at the infamous ORT holiday parties or at Albie's after work. RIP
Cindy and Frank Gregory
May 10, 2021
One of our favorite memories, more significant as our daughter is getting married next week...Steve volunteered to watch our daughter Ashley when we went to see “Father of the Bride”. Priceless. They had a great time and we had a great date. So many fun holiday parties at the Old Republic holiday hooplas. Most importantly ...Steve was a kind, lovely human that will be missed by many.