Dr. Carl Reiji Yamagata went home to be with the Lord on April 26, 2020, passing peacefully at home holding the hand of his wife, Keiko. A Celebration of Life service will be scheduled at a later date. For now, we wanted to take this moment to honor him and share with you the great man he was to us and so many.
Carl was diligent, confident, witty and loyal, with an unbeatable work ethic. He had integrity and honor and believed in doing things right the first time. He was a wonderful husband, father, brother, uncle, grandfather and friend to his family and friends. He was a living example of commitment, consistency and dedication, with high standards for excellence that touched every part of his life and those he met.
Born on April 17, 1929 to parents, Reio and Toshiko Yamagata, Carl was raised in Hakalau, Hawaii, with sisters, Leatrice Taeko Hadlich and Bernice Kisako Hirai. He met and married Keiko Miyamoto while attending the University of Michigan, School of Dentistry. After graduating in 1961, they returned to Hawaii to open his practice. He enjoyed dentistry, practicing for 57 years. He took pride in doing things well, known for his strong, sturdy hands, precision, attention to detail and excellent workmanship. Over the years we’ve seen him use those gifts to help generations of families.
Carl had 3 children, Darrell Yamagata, Carleen (James) Higgins and Doreen (Troy) Tanji, and 4 grandchildren, Seth and Mari Yamagata, and Tarin and Caitlin Tanji. Family dinner conversations included insight, wisdom and stories that would build foundations of character and confidence in us all.
He was a pitcher in the Manoa Makule Softball League for several years, but those who knew him, knew golf was his passion. He enjoyed the game and the fellowship, playing almost every week for over 60 years, a single golf handicapper in his prime, noted for his long drives. When people ask, what do you think he is doing in Heaven now? We unanimously say, without question, "playing golf".
Our family is grateful to those who came alongside him to provide outstanding support and care, treating him with dignity and respect: St. Francis Hospice and CNA caregivers. We are also thankful for those who have reached out to our family during this time with prayers, gifts and words of encouragement. God bless you.
Arrangements Provided By: Hosoi Garden Mortuary
Notice #: 0001323045-01