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Toru Miyoshi

August 13, 2018
Toru Miyoshi
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Toru was born in Guadalupe, California, in 1928 and moved to Santa Maria in 1933. He attended local schools and graduated from Butte High School while incarcerated at Gila River Concentration Camp in 1945. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1946 and was recalled to the Korean Conflict in 1950. Toru graduated Cum Laude from the University of Southern California in 1955 and married Jeanne Kojima before returning to Santa Maria in 1957.

Toru first served on the Santa Maria City Council from 1978 to 1982. He was elected to the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors in 1982 and served 2 terms. He returned to the City Council in 1992 and completed 20 years of public service in the year 2000.

During his political tenure he served on various appointments such as the State Regional Coastal Commission, Southern California Hazardous Waste Management Authority, Santa Barbara County Flood Control and Water Conservation District, Tri-Counties Oil Committee, and the Area Agency on Aging. He played important roles in closing the Casmalia Toxic Dump and restoring Waller Park.

Toru had the privilege of meeting Queen Elizabeth of England during her visit to Santa Barbara. He also had the unique opportunity to attend a luncheon where the famous gourmet chef and author, Julia Childs, was also a guest. He attended an International Ecological Conference in Venice, Italy, and was invited to a Pentagon tour of military bases from Washington DC to the West Coast which included a refueling exercise of a B-52 bomber while flying over the State of Utah.

Toru and his wife, Jeanne, have two daughters, Joni and Lisa. He is most proud of his grandchildren. Laura graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Oregon majoring in Music Performance. He delighted in hearing his granddaughter perform on her viola. She is married and raising a family in Boise, ID. Logan graduated from MIT in Cambridge, MA, with 2 degrees (Physics and Chemical Engineering). He went on to earn a MS at Carnegie Mellon University in Computational Finance. Toru enjoyed hearing of his grandson's travels and meeting his girlfriend, Ya. He is working in Austin, TX. Toru welcomed his great grandson, Lane Akira, in 2015. Embracing 4 generations was the highlight of his illustrious career.

He is survived by his wife, Jeanne, daughters, Joni Miyoshi and Lisa (David) Daum, grandchildren Laura (Douglas) Campbell and Logan (Ya) Daum, and great grandson, Lane Akira.

An informal public visitation will be held on Friday, August 24th, between 10am and noon at the Dudley Hoffman Mortuary.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Friends of Waller Park or non-profit organizations of choice.


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