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Koji Nishimoto

April 19, 1931 — March 24, 2024


April 19, 1931 – March 24, 2024, Sacramento, CA

 A devoted husband and father, Koji Nishimoto passed away peacefully at UC Davis Medical Center after a short battle with kidney failure, among other complications, including a weak heart and liver cancer.  He was 92 years old.

He will be remembered for his dedication and generosity to family, his easy-going and personable nature towards friends and coworkers, and for being “a good man.”  He was fondly known as “Koj.”

He was born and lived most of his life in Sacramento, California.

During World War II, his family was interned at the Tule Lake Relocation Center.

After the war, his family relocated to Wheatland, CA, for a while, then returned to Sacramento.

After graduating from Sacramento City College, he continued his education at California State University, Sacramento, but that was interrupted as he was drafted into the U.S. Army during the Korean War conflict, of which he served for two years.  He was stationed in Japan as a clerk in a medical unit.

He came back to Sacramento and started working for Caltrans as a draftsman in bridge design, where he worked for over 41 years.  He also helped at a friend’s design company.

He is survived by his wife of over 57 years, Keiko Nishimoto, their son, Wesley Nishimoto (and Maki), grandsons Garytt, Raito, and Naito, and nephews Clifton (and Maria) and Dayton, and grand-niece Daphne.

Koji is preceded in death by his parents and sister Nancy Keiko Nakahara (and Ray).

The funeral will be private.

In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made in Koji’s name to the Buddhist Church of Sacramento.



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