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Kiyomi “Kay” Kaita

Posted: Monday, Dec 3rd, 2012


January 26, 1917 – November 29, 2012

Kiyomi “Kay” Kaita passed away unexpectedly on November 29, 2012 at his home in Watsonville, CA.  Kay was born January 26, 1917 in Watsonville, CA.  He is survived by his wife, Yoshiye, of 69 years; daughters:  Judy (Shigeru) Tokubo, Maxine (George) Nakamura, Elaine (Gino) Abad, Louise (Lyman) Lum, Barbara (Bob) Shingai, and son: Bruce (Jeri) Kaita; 12 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren with 3 more on the way; brother Roy (Emi) Kaita, and sister Mitsue Tao and many nieces and nephews.

            Kay attended local schools and graduated from Watsonville High School in 1935.  He attended mechanic trade school at Heald’s North in San Francisco, eventually returning to Watsonville to work on the family strawberry farm.  During World War II he was relocated to Gila River Internment Camp, where he met and married Yoshiye Tara.  After the war, they lived a short time in Pennsylvania, and later moved to Cleveland, Chicago and Fresno before settling back in Watsonville.  He owned and operated his own business, Kay’s Garage since 1953 until his retirement, which his son, Bruce, continues to operate today.

He was an avid bowler until age 93.  He also enjoyed surf fishing, working on his computer, enjoyed photography and spending time with his grandchildren & great grandchildren.  

Memorial service will be held on Friday, December 7, 2012 at 2:00 p.m., Watsonville Buddhist Temple; 423 Bridge Street; Watsonville, California.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Kay’s  name to the Watsonville Buddhist Temple.

For the complete article see the 12-04-2012 issue.

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