April 14, 1920 – September 25, 2010
George Mizuta, 90, of Ontario passed away peacefully in his sleep on Saturday, September 25, 2010 at Meadowbrook Assisted Living. George was born in Wapato, Washington on April 14, 1920 to Jinzaburo and Ito Kanesaki-Mizuta. He was the 5th of eight children. The Mizuta family raised vegetables and melons in the Wapato Valley until WW II broke out and they were sent to the Hart Mountain, Wy. relocation camp. In 1943 George was released from the camp to work in a “Free Zone” in Ontario. He worked as a farm laborer for Mr. Nitta and Mr. Hoyashi. George began farming on his own in 1947 with his father and younger brother Fred.
He married Mary Yanagawa on February 2, 1947. He continued farming in Ontario raising potatoes, onions, sugar beets, wheat corn and alfalfa. George was one of the founding members of the Ore-Ida Judo Club which will celebrate its 60th anniversary. Judo remained a lifelong passion and he was awarded the Shichidan which is the 7th degree black belt.
George enjoyed bowling, fishing and golf. In later years he loved to travel and he and Mary drove their motor home to Alaska and the East Coast and many places in between including Branson, MO., and New Orleans. George also enjoyed gambling, especially craps. George is survived by his wife of 63 years, Mary Five children Jerry(Naomi) of Ontario, Sharon of Medford, OR. David (Patricia) of Ontario, Margie (George) Yasuda of Ontario, Bill of Boston, MA, Three brothers Fred of Payette, ID, Tak of Homewood, IL, Jim of Vale, OR. 12 grandchildren and two great grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral Services will be conducted Saturday, October 2, 2010 at 2:00 PM at the Idaho-Oregon Buddhist Temple 286 SE 4th St. Ontario. Interment will follow at the Evergreen Cemetery. Services under the direction of Lienkaemper Chapel, Ontario. Condolences can be made to the family at www. lienkaemper-thomason.com
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