OBITUARY

Craig Hisaka

Passed away on June 12, 2019

My Dad, the great Dr. Craig Kiyoshi Hisaka, passed away peacefully June 12, 2019 in Stockton, CA at the age of 73. To me and many others, he was a hero and role model, the man we looked up to and dreamed of emulating. He profoundly impacted the community because he was a compassionate man. And compassion was rooted in everything he did as a family man, friend, professor, and doctor.

As a businessman, he built a successful [Brookside] optometric practice and taught hundreds of students at UC Berkeley School of Optometry the importance of personalized care — where kindness, loyalty, and respect were valued and demonstrated every day. And as a father, brother, uncle and great uncle, he always put family first. He made more sacrifices than anyone could ask for so we could focus on becoming the best versions of ourselves.

I will always miss seeing him wear his sunglasses indoors. Or how he went from dressing in all black to dark blue to neon. When he’d swim in our pool with a wetsuit on in the dead of winter. How he made sure we’d arrive at the airport at least three hours before a flight so we didn’t miss it. When he’d eat boiled chicken and compare it to Michelin-starred dining. How much he loved the Raiders and never missed a game. More than anything, I’ll just miss his presence. Every day of his life began and ended with the values, humor, and warmth he delivered to others, and that’s what makes him the great Dr. Craig Hisaka.

Craig is survived by me, his daughter, Alexis (Tom) Hisaka. He also leaves behind his brother Dr. Eric (Marlene) Hisaka and sister Deanne (Dennis) Walker; his brother-in-laws Dennis (Joyce) Mitome and Gary (Janice) Mitome; his nephews Ross (Ellen) Walker, Steve (Sabrina) Mitome and Michael Hisaka; his nieces Dr. Kristin Walker, Susie (Alex) Mitome, Bryce Mitome, and Nicole Hisaka; his grandnephews Nicholas Walker, Ford Walker, Dillon Mitome, and Jeffrey Mitome; and grandnieces Kate Walker, Presley Walker, Tess Walker, Madi Mitome, Dawn Mitome, and Eranthe Mitome. Craig was preceded in death by his father Art Isanu Hisaka, his mother Kate Mutsuko Hisaka, and wife Julie Karin Hisaka.

Please join us to celebrate Craig’s life on Sunday, June 30th at 11:00 AM at the Stockton Buddhist Temple at 2820 Shimizu Drive, Stockton, California 95203. Inurnment will be private. Messages to the family can be shared at deyoungchapels.com.

Services

  • Celebration of Life Sunday, June 30, 2019

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Isabel Mata

July 4, 2019

Dr Craig Hisaka. A great man of honor & grace! ❤️ He’s been our family eye doctor for over 50 years. A gentle man who personified dignity, respect, compassion, humility, wisdom & strength. Always treated everyone with a sincere loving heart. He would always ask about my family, my mom & dad, my children & grandchildren whenever I saw him. He was more than my eye doctor! He was my friend! Here’s to you my friend! God bless you & keep you❣️🙏🏼 My deepest condolences to his family on such a great loss of a very special man💔

Lee Scaief

June 27, 2019

To the Hisaka family,
My condolences on the loss of your distinguished loving brother and father.

I have been a friend and colleague of Craig Hisaka throughout his entire professional career, and I can assure you in my opinion he was the finest optometrist of his time.

As his patients comments testify, he not only cared for the visual systems of his patients at the highest level of expertise, but cared about them in a way that only Craig could do, and they knew it.
His name and memory will forever be held in the highest regards by his university, his profession, and from those who were so fortunate to know him well.

Sincerely,

A Lee Scaief, O.D., M.S.
Oak Valley Optometric

Gerry Kataoka

June 26, 2019

As we remember Craig Hisaka, I am reminded that he also had a playful and fun loving side. I can tell you stories of our college days that would leave you both amazed and entertained. We learned so much from him, not always about patient care or compassion. We learned how to have fun, as only Craig would.
I also recall how he carried his father in law up and down the stairs to the beach, so he could fish in the ocean. And how he helped me get into grad school. But the most memorable times were centered around fun, and a bit of mischief.

DAVID MAGDAEL

June 24, 2019

Wow - so sad to hear the passing of Dr. Craig. He was a mentor to me and our friends when we were teenagers in the 70's. He always watched out for us - and let us just be. He even let my BFF use him 240Z to go to prom - that was the kind of guy he was. He and his lovely wife Julie were always there for us. He touched a lot of people both as patients and students. I am so proud to have known him and blessed that he was in my life.

Rest in Peace and Paradise Dr. Craig. Thank you for everything.
Til we all get together again -

David Magdael

Nicole Blinn Rosado

June 23, 2019

I am shocked and deeply saddened by the passing of Dr. Hisaka. I have been his patient for over 25 years. He has watched me grow from a 13 year old girl to almost a 40 year old woman. Outside of family, rarely does a person get to know you so well. He truly made me feel as if I was his only patient. His gentle soul, compassionate nature, soft approach, words of wisdom and knowledge - always caring, always teaching, and not just about the eyes but about health and well-being in general. Before he'd begin to examine my eyes, we'd sit down and catch up on the years happenings. He made me feel so important and was sensitive to my eye history. My file was probably over 3" thick! He did everything in a calm and genuine way. I fondly remember Dr. Hisaka introducing me to his interns - almost like a proud father of his daughter. At least, that's how I felt. My grandma, Doris Brassesco, was also his patient for many years up until her passing. She would always call "Craig" and we'd share stories and laugh. He cared so much for my family. Anyone who has worked in his office for 10-15+ years, would surely remember my grandma and me. I was 13 years old when I tried contacts for the first time (having worn glasses since I was a baby) - Dr. Hisaka witnessed this very emotional and profound moment for me and my family. I will take this memory with me forever. Dr. Hisaka was a true gem - special, unique and one of a kind; a huge loss to us all. I shed so many tears already today just hearing the news, but my heart is filled with so much gratitude for this wonderful human being. Our community was so blessed by his exceptional and compassionate personalized care. I am hopeful for the future of optometry knowing that Dr. Hisaka has taught and paved the way for many Cal Berkeley students who are pursuing their degrees. My sincerest prayers are with his daughter and family. May we all be blessed having had THE Dr. Craig Hisaka in our lives.

Rick Arucan

June 23, 2019

It has been an absolute pleasure to have been able to reconnect with Craig these past several years at various Edison High alumni reunion events. We reminisced about high school memories and shared stories that would inevitably result in laughter. I will always remember Craig as a very cerebral person with a big personality and an ever present smile. I am a better person for having had Craig as a friend.

Andres Rallojay

June 22, 2019

I am so very, very saddened to hear of Craig's passing. I have known Craig from the old neighborhood in South Stockton were we grew up. He was always a good person, someone you looked up to, someone you could always rely on. We have been friends for decades. He was my family's Optometrist and when I say family, he took care of everyone in my immediate and extended family. There are no words, all I can say is that I miss him. My wife Gloria and I send blessings and love to Craig's family and many friends during this time of our sadness and loss. Rest in peace dear friend, until we all meet again. I love ya man!

John Semillo

June 22, 2019

I’m so sorry to hear of the passing of Craig Hisaka. He was a very special person who greatly cared about the people who surrounded him. I’ve always admired his thoughtfulness and care for others. As a teenager in South Stockton during the 60’s, he was a role model that I looked up to. And as my Optometrist for many years, I was constantly amazed with his thoroughness and care for his patients. To me, Craig was a great product of South Stockton and Edison High School who greatly gave back to the community of Stockton. Rest in Peace my friend.

carl yamasaki

June 20, 2019

I have only the fondest memories of Craig. His folks knew my folks and we always talked about the bond that existed between us. When he moved back to Stockton to be near his mom after his dad's passing , I started to see him at his new practice. My kids grew up going to him as did my grandkids. My family's friend's were also patients of Craig's and everyone loved him. His compassion for his patients personal life made him a great man and doctor. I and all of my family will truly miss him.

Chantel Barron

June 20, 2019

Dr Hisaka was a cornerstone around all things that mattered . Family , morals, ethics, and values . He will be missed by many . His contributions to family, work , education, and society are tremendous. We can all hope to leave such a lasting legacy . Thank you for making such a difference in so many lives . You will be missed . RIP

FROM THE FAMILY