John Teruo Yasumoto, 88, passed away peacefully in San Francisco on January
13. Born in Del Rey, CA, on May 13, 1929, John earned a B.S. in Engineering
from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in 1952. He worked as an engineer for the U.S.
Navy as a civilian for 34 years.
John was an active member of the Buddhist Church of San Francisco, serving as
board president and other positions on the district and national levels. He also
served the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) on the chapter, district,
and national levels. He was the JACL district governor for the Northern CA-
Western Nevada-Pacific, and in 1964 was instrumental in establishing its health
insurance program that is still in use. He chaired this JACL Health Benefits Trust
for 44 years, and remained a board member for 7 years before retiring in 2016.
An avid fan of the Warriors, Giants and 49ers, John also loved playing sports as
a youth and young adult. He enjoyed traveling throughout the world, but his
favorite place to visit was Hawaii.
John lived life to the fullest and never took it for granted. We miss him, but his
compassion, humility, sense of humor, and appreciation for life will enrich us
John is survived by his wife of 53 years, Chibi, son Jason, and daughter Liane;
brother Harry (Virginia); several nieces and nephews, and many other relatives.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 10, 2018, at 2 pm
at Halsted N. Gray-Carew & English Inc., 1123 Sutter Street in San Francisco,
CA. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Buddhist Church
of San Francisco (1881 Pine St., SF, CA 94109) or JACL (1765 Sutter St., SF,