November 30, 1935-September 24, 2012
Jack Eiji Momii was the youngest of three children born to Kiyoshi and Sakae Momii in Glendale, CA. His unique life was shaped by his extraordinary experiences. Raised by his Japanese parents,he learned to speak his mind, share with others, and do manual labor. Interned at Amache, Colorado at 7 years old, he built strong friendships playing tops and marbles with Mori and Koji. Upon his release from the internment camp, he experienced extreme racism and isolation that was hard for a young, innocent boy to comprehend.
Once he adjusted to post-war America, he enjoyed his studies at Compton High and helping out his parents on their egg farm. He attended U.C. Davis and earned a masters degree in zoology at U.C. Berkeley. He continued his lifelong learning by teaching in Sierra Leone, Africa for two years and traveling through Japan and Mexico.
After meeting and marrying his wife Sandra, he settled his new family in Watsonville in 1972. On an apple farm they worked together to raise some of the first organically grown apples in the area and produced fresh squeezed apple juice. He loved his home where he could pursue many diverse projects and share his love of nature with friends.
Also, Jack had many interests over the years. These hobbies included cooking and eating, gardening, listening to world music, fishing, camping, creating sculptures, taking pictures, rock hounding and faceting, reading, following sports and politics, and supporting social causes.
A few months back he organized a shiitake mushroom planting for September 22nd. He was able to hold on while his friends and family planted the spawn into oak logs. Sandra and their children, Michelle and Daniel, were with him when he passed way. They were at peace that he got to see the shiitake project through and he was no longer suffering.
Jack is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 41 years, his son, daughter, and son-in-law, Noel Hernandez of San Jose; grandson Miles and granddaughter Eva; older brother John Momii and his family of Seattle and older sister Shioko Momii and her family of Los Angeles.
They are so grateful for the assistance of Roseann, Harold, and Mato during this difficult time. Special thanks also to the wonderful staffs of the Palo Alto Medical Foundation Oncology Center and Hospice of Santa Cruz County.
A celebration of Jackís life will be held on the Momii Farm in the spring, which was his favorite season. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Jack Momiiís name to the Hospice of Santa Cruz County, 940 Disc Drive, Scotts Valley CA 95066 or the Esophageal Cancer Education Foundation, PO Box 821, Manalapan NJ 07726.For the complete article see the 10-04-2012 issue.
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