Chester Tomoyuki Higashi

May 23, 1948May 9, 2019

Chester Tomoyuki Higashi was born on May 23, 1948 and passed away on May 9, 2019.


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Chester Tomoyuki Higashi

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Alex Tsukahara

May 17, 2019

Coach Chester... Where to begin.

I'd like to thank you for everything you have done for the 2016 Zebra boys and the Zebra organization as a whole. From the beginning of my career as a Zebra, you truly embodied what being a Zebra was all about. You taught us how to carry ourselves, whether we won or loss, you instilled a strong work ethic in us so we would always push to become better basketball players, and you always made sure to keep us accountable for our actions. Your unwavering support for our team was always appreciated and we will always be grateful for all of the lessons you taught us, on and off the court. You will be missed.

Alex Tsukahara #23

Spencer Singh

May 15, 2019

Coach Chester was a very unique guy. He wanted nothing but the best for every single soul he coached. His knowledge of basketball, and passion to teach is what made him so unique. He taught with a sense of urgency. There was no sugar-coating anything with this man. He was straight to the point because he knew exactly what he wanted to say, even if it meant telling a 5th grader he needs to practice more or telling you that you looked out of shape. He was one of the most supportive people I have ever had in my corner growing up. It was the little things that he did that I just took for granted, but looking back on it I wish I had appreciated more. He truly cared for me and showed up to my games that were far for him. He would purchase me waters or Gatorades at our Asian League tournaments during the game because I looked tired or because I did not have anything to drink at the time. Or he would rebound for me during practice, or just keep me company in between games and we would analyze what was going on in the basketball game we were watching. He treated me like an adult and held me accountable. And that just shows how deep his connection was to the game of basketball and to my basketball career. He saw something special in me. And I wish I got a chance to thank him in person for everything he has done for me.
George Eliot once said, “Our dead are never dead to us, until we have forgotten them.” And there are a lot of people who will never forget what you have done coach Chester, for the game of basketball, for the Asian community, and for every individual you have interacted with. I wish I got a chance to say this to you in person Coach but I guess this will have to suffice, thank you for being you coach Chester and for leaving me with so many life lessons, friends, and a better understanding of how the game of basketball should be played. I am eternally grateful for everything you have done for me. Rest in Peace, Coach Chester Higashi.
-Spencer Singh #33