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“Your smile, your laugh, your kind and gentle way, the joy you brought to Kris's life I will never forget my dear friend. Rest in peace.Suzie ”
1 of 7 | Posted by: Suzanne Deprimo - Benicia, CA

“Rest In Peace ”
2 of 7 | Posted by: Aleah Gutierrez - Watsonville, CA

“You were the brightest light in Kris's life dear Akio. I am honored that I got to know you through Kris and loved your visits with me and Oliver. I...Read More »
3 of 7 | Posted by: Suzie DePrimo - Benicia, CA

“God speed Akio. ”
4 of 7 | Posted by: Evelyn Nelson - Burlington Wa

Beautiful times! “With sadness and heartfelt condolences to Akio's loving family and to you Kristin. What are we to do? We remain in life, we remember, we cherish...Read More »
5 of 7 | Posted by: Leo Tugan-Baranovsky - Whitestone, NY

“With heartfelt sympathy. Please accept my deepest condolences. May you continue to cherish his precious memories together. May you find comfort in...Read More »
6 of 7 | Posted by: A friend

“Our condolences to the family. May God fulfill his promise of binding up the brokenhearted. Isa 61:1 ”
7 of 7 | Posted by: A friend


Akio Idemoto passed away on January 15th, 2018 at the age of 81, due to complications from cancer.

Akio is survived by his sister, Mary Iwami; his brothers, Kunio(Agnes) and Tom(Miyo); his sons, Jon, Roger(Sai) and Michael; his grandchildren, Shina and Iris; and his companion for the last 10 years, Kristin Okimoto. His wife of 40 years, Kay, preceded him in death in 2003.

Akio was born in Salinas, CA on October 16, 1936 to Kenji and Fujiye Idemoto. During World War II, Akio and his family were interned in Poston, AZ and Tule Lake, CA. Upon release, his family relocated to Watsonville, CA.

After graduating from Watsonville High School in 1955, Akio attended Hartnell College, and then served in the U.S. Army from 1958 to 1960, stationed in Frankfurt, Germany. He would then return to Watsonville and raise his family with Kay.

He was a proud union member of IBEW (International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers), and worked for 38 years before retiring in 1999. His notable work sites were the Monterey Bay Aquarium, UC Santa Cruz, Stanford Hoover Tower and the PGE plant in Moss Landing.

During his life, he enjoyed playing tennis, poker with family and friends, fishing, and traveling around the world. A devout Buddhist, Akio dedicated much of his time at the Watsonville Buddhist temple. He had great interest in Japanese History, as well as world history, and was a movie buff. An avid Warriors fan, he never missed watching a game.

Akio will be remembered and greatly missed by all who knew him. He laughed readily and touched many lives with his easy going nature and generosity with his time. He was a man of great integrity, honesty, and sincerity. Akio loved life and was taken from us all too soon.

Funeral service will be held on Saturday, Feb 10 at 11am at the Watsonville Buddhist Temple: 423 Bridge Street, Watsonville Ca 95076. Burial service will be held the following day.

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222 E. Lake Ave. Watsonville, CA 95076
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