Ben T. Tada died November 18, 2013, at Watsonville Community Hospital. He was 91. A native of Watsonville, he graduated from Watsonville High School. Mr. Tada grew strawberries in the Pajaro Valley for more than 50 years. He was a member of the Watsonville Berry Coop and was instrumental in setting up the cooler for the Coop. Mr. Tada was a member of the Watsonville Buddhist Temple and enjoyed golf, bowling, fishing, and watching sports on television.
Mr. Tada leaves his wife of 50 years, Mary, of the family home in Watsonville, his son, David (Melissa) Tada of Colorado Springs, Colorado, daughter, Carolyn Tada, of Watsonville, two grandsons, Alexander and Nathan Tada of Colorado Springs, and one sister, Nancy Iwami, of Watsonville. He is preceded in death by his siblings, Haruko Tsurumoto, Kazue and Richard Tada, Misue Ishimaru, Mary Otsuki.
A visitation will be held Friday from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Mehlís Colonial Chapel. A private family funeral service is planned.
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