David Iwao Asatani

December 1, 1931September 29, 2010

David Iwao Asatani, DDS, MS

Resident of Covina, CA

12/1/1931 - 9/29/2010

David passed away after a short battle with pancreatic cancer. He is survived by his brothers, Herbert and Robert, nephews Herb Jr., Steve, Paul, Dan, and niece Lisa, as well as five grandnephews Alan, Ryan, Andrew, Zachary, and Nicholas, and grandnieces Brittany and Lexie. Born in San Jose, Ca., he attended Santa Clara High, San Jose State University, and graduated from Loma Linda University with a DDS degree in 1959, followed by an MS degree in orthodontics in 1968. He practiced for 51 years in Covina, Ca., and was a member of the American Assn. of Orthodontists, Pacific Coast Society of Orthodontists, and San Gabriel Valley Dental Society. David loved fishing and was the consummate fisherman whose skill and passion for the sport were known to many.

A memorial service will be held Oct. 16, 2010, at 5:00pm at the Mountain View Central Seventh Day Adventist Church, 1425 Springer Rd., Mountain View, Ca. In lieu of flowers, donations in his honor may be made to his home church, Mountain View Japanese Seventh Day Adventist Church, 195 N. Rengstorff. Ave., Mountain View, CA 94043.

Arrangements under the direction of Willow Glen Funeral Chapel, San Jose, CA.


  • Funeral Service Saturday, October 16, 2010

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Terri B.

July 23, 2011

He was my children's orthodontist. I remember his kindness and dedication.

brooke hernandez

December 21, 2010

Dr. Asatani was the best orthodontist ever. He made my me smile even when my teeth were crooked. Ill always remember his playful little punches that he gave me every visit.Every time i look at my shiny pearly whites ill think of him! He corrected almost all of my family's teeth for years and we will never forget him. We miss you Asatani, rest in peace.

Shelly Corso

November 30, 2010

Dr. Asatani had the most remarkable deband cases. When they smiled it was obvious who did their ortho. I worked for Dr Asatani from 1991-1994 until I moved up north to his old stomping grounds. My heart broke when I found out he passed away, but my memories of his fishing stories will always keep me smiling. He said when I moved, that I wouldnt keep in touch because "they all say that" but I did, for the next 16 yrs. If his bday card wasnt in the mail, the office fax machine always received my bday wish. He was the most respected man I know, and the best orthodontist, and I will miss him. I still sent my fax becasue today would have been his 79th bday. See ya in heaven 032 :o)

Judy Hanson McDonald

October 10, 2010

I am so sorry to hear of Dr. Asatani"s passing. I worked with Dr. Okada in the late 60's. We shared the office. I remember him as a gentle and kind man, and always had a laugh when he would reclean things after we assistants had done the job. My sympathies to all of his friends and family.
Judy Hanson McDonald
Atlanta Ga.

Michelle,Miranda Teran

October 10, 2010

October 10, 2010
Dr. Asatani you will be truly missed. I am forever grateful to you for Michael and Miranda's beautiful teeth. I will miss the conversations we had about your fishing trips. Miranda will always remember you telling her to wear that retainer. Because of you, everytime they smile I will think of you and the hard work and care you put into those beautiful smiles!

Michelle and Miranda Teran
West Covina, California

Leslie Rivera

October 8, 2010

Dr. Asatani was responsible for a smile that I still get compliments on at least once a day. He was extremely gifted and exceptionally great with teens like me at the time! I'm sure he'd be happy to know that I now work for a dentist! He will be missed, but his legacy of beautiful smiles lives on.

Sharon Laviolette

October 6, 2010

I was Dr. Asatani's first dental assistant and was there when he saw his very first patient in his practice. We kept in touch off and on through the years. I am sad to hear of his passing but the memories are there forever. He was a truly remarkable man.

Andrew Vieyra

October 5, 2010

Dr. Asatani,
We are still a team. I know it will be hard without you. Thank you for helping me believe I will have a normal smile someday. I will miss you.


Laura Vieyra

October 5, 2010

What a special man and gifted orthodontist! Dr. Asatani's way with children was like no other. Truly the gold standard in Covina, CA. Dr. Asatani will be missed.

The Vieyra Family