Obituary from a 2006 Cal State Fullerton alumni magazine
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NISHIZU, Clarence Iwao (95)
Clarence was born on December 9, 1910 in Los Angeles, and he passed away on January 25, 2006 in Fullerton.
He was predeceased by his wife, Helen; daughter, Julie Takamine; grandson, Brady Tanaka; and sisters, Grace Fujita and Florence Sugimoto.
Clarence deeply touched the lives of many who knew him, truly an inspiration to not just family, but to members of the JACL, JEMS, Wintersburg Presbyterian Church, OCJAA, and other organizations which he supported.
Ingenious, energetic, charismatic, and definitely colorful, Clarence's style, keen foresight, common sense, and tenaciousness enabled him to attain numerous achievements in his lifetime among which are: selection as the first Japanese American appointed as Foreman of the Orange County Grand Jury; founder of four JACL chapters (Riverside, San Gabriel, No. San Diego, and SELANOCO); author of one volume of the oral history project of the Nisei Experience in Orange County by Cal State Fullerton , recipient of Kunsho, the Japanese Government medal recognizing his efforts to strengthen ties between Japan and the U.S., tireless worker in helping to secure passage of the Civil Liberties Act of 1988 for redress, and Honorary Doctorate given by CSUF.
His faith in God, belief in the Meiji era concepts of filial piety and loyalty to country, led him to achieve success in many areas of his life - most notably, the love and admiration of his children and grandchildren, and friends. He had a whimsical, impish naivety which always brought a chuckle to many. He will be missed by all.
Survived by daughter, Jean (Greg) Shikata, daughter, Carol (Richard) Matsuoka, son, Glenn Nishizu, daughter, Deborah (Paul) Hancock, daughter, Kathy (Gerald) Tanaka; grandchildren, Deron (Sylvia) Matsuoka, Lori (Glen) Tagami, Jill (Aaron) Axtell, Jennifer (Kim) Kira, Marc Takamine, David Shikata, Justin Tanaka, Jordan Miller, and great-grandchildren. Also survived by sister, Dorothy Okamoto, sister, Ruth Goya, brother, John (Trudes) Nishizu, brother, Henry (Miwako) Nishizu; and many nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Funeral services will be held at Wintersburg Presbyterian Church on Monday, February 6th at 7:00 p.m. 2000 N. Fairview St., Santa Ana. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to: Fullerton Arboretum, c/o California State University of Fullerton, P.O. Box 6850, Fullerton, CA 92834-6850