Sat was born in Turlock and spent most of his life in the Cortez, Turlock, and Cressey areas working in the auto body repair business. He was well-known for the excellent quality of his work and car restoration consumed many of his hours at home.
Born to Yonehichi and Suye Sugiura, he was a graduate of Livingston High School and Modesto Junior College and was trained as a mechanical illustrator. During his early years, he spent many hours fishing the Merced River and hunting pheasant, quail and dove.
Sat was an avid traveler, climbing to the top of the Mayan ruins of Tikal in Guatemala and the Great Wall in China. Yearly motor home trips with family and friends were made to Pismo Beach and Tomales Bay to dig for clams and oysters, Trinidad and Baja to fish for salmon, tuna or marlin. Many special times were had with friends aboard the Harriet Lee in the Sea of Cortez.
Sat had a passion for gardening that flourished after retirement. The yard was carefully groomed and flowers were available year round. His vegetable garden was admired by many and the bounty was shared with family and friends.
Sat was preceded in death by his parents and brothers Tsutomu Sugiura and Takeshi Sugiura. He is survived by his wife, Mabel of Cressey, son Scott, daughter-in-law Yukari and granddaughters Aya and Mio of Menlo Park. He is also survived by siblings Misao Otsuki, Michiko Holdeman, Isamu Sugiura, Sumi Pereira, and Masaru Sugiura, and numerous nieces, nephews.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 24th at 11:00 AM at the Turlock Funeral Home 425 N. Soderquist Rd.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to:
MDS Foundation, 100 Park Avenue, Suite 108, Rockville, MD 20850