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Yeichi Sakaguchi
Feb. 17, 1920 June 17, 2010
Yeichi Sakaguchi was born in Santa Clara to Chokichi and Maju Sakaguchi, Japanese immigrants.  As a young boy, the family moved to Turlock to farm in the Cortez area. Yeichi attended local schools and graduated from Livingston High School and Modesto Junior College.  In 1942, following the bombing of Pearl Harbor, the family was relocated to the Merced Assembly Center.  It was there that he married May Kuwahara. They were interned in Amache, Colo. during the war.  Following the war, Yeichi and May returned to the family farm in Cortez and started their family.  In his younger years, Yeichi enjoyed playing baseball, basketball and golf.  He loved to grow fruits and vegetables and share them with his friends. He was a member of the Cortez Presbyterian Church, Cortez Growers Association and the Cortez Japanese American Citizens League.
Yeichi is survived by his son, Rodney (Nancy) Sakaguchi; daughters, Karen (Ken) Kajioka, Kathy Marquardt and Susan (Richard) Yee; grandchildren, Kristen (Corey) Viray, Kevin Kajioka, Travis Marquardt, Candice, Allison and Ryan Yee; and great granddaughters, Kylie and Mika Viray.
A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 10 at the Turlock Memorial Park Chapel. Remembrances may be made to: Emanuel Medical Center 825 Delbon Ave., Turlock, CA  95382 or Cortez Presbyterian Church, 12516 Cortez Ave., Turlock, CA  95380
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