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Steven Donald Greene

September 25, 1931 — November 12, 2022

Steven Donald Greene, 91, passed away peacefully on November 12th, 2022 at his home in
Folsom, CA after a brief battle with cancer.

He was born in Elmira, New York on September 25th, 1931, son of the late Alfred James
Greene of Towanda, PA and Emily Harner Greene of Ireland. He was the 2nd oldest of four
siblings; his brother, James and his sisters, Leona and Stella.

He is predeceased by his wife, Kazuko Ikoma Greene, born October 23rd,1927 in Hokkaido,
Japan. He is survived by his five children, Steven Greene, Shirley Greene-Kechriotis, Sheila
Greene, Susan Greene, and Deborah Tyson. He is also survived by his two grandchildren,
Nicole and Kyle Tyson.

He served in the US Army for 29 yrs. to include tours of duty in Korea where he was one of the
first Army Corps of Engineers Deep Sea Salvage Divers.

While in Vietnam, he served as USO Attache, providing entertainment for the troops to include
Bob Hope, Ann-Margret, James Garner and many others.

Steve was a Mason, Mill Valley Chapter. He never forgot his oath as a Mason and always did
his best to help the less fortunate. Steve organized several food and clothing drives with the
local Sacramento Japanese Churches, while he was stationed overseas during the war.
Because of his charitable work in the country, he was invited to the Thai Palace to dine with the
King and Queen.

As a side job, he was a lounge singer at the Famous Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami, FL.
While in the Army stationed in Japan, Steve supplemented his army pay with writing articles for
multiple magazines and newspapers worldwide. He was syndicated in 18 different countries.
While stationed in Thailand, Steve's superior officer was none other than Major Earl Woods,
Tiger Woods' father. The two of them organized the first Pan Pacific Games of Indonesia in an
effort to unify the region after the war. They were also responsible for organizing the rebuilding
of critical infrastructure in Thailand with the Army Corp of Engineers.

While stationed in Tokyo, Japan Steve was a writer, editor and photographer for the Pacific
Stars & Stripes Newspaper, created for service members stationed overseas. Steve also starred
in a Japanese motion picture, ESPY, as one of the leading characters. This movie went on to
become a cult classic boasting to have the "first bi-racial love scene" in a Japanese movie.
As a civilian working for the AirForce, Steve was part of a team that developed advanced 3D
imaging techniques and a process for digitizing circuit cards for aging aircraft. These inventions
resulted in several patents that are used today to support the legacy AF fleet of planes and in
MRI medical research. Steve, along with this team, later formed a company called LOTE, Inc. to
further promote these technologies.

Steve led an adventurous life, embracing new experiences with little fear, a great sense of
humor, and with mucho gusto! He provided a great example to his children of how to work hard,
do good deeds and make the most of life's opportunities. He lives on forever in our hearts.

A memorial service attended by family and friends was held at 1 PM on Wednesday, November
23rd 2022, at East Lawn Memorial Park in Sacramento, CA. The family wishes to thank all those
who have shown loving support, generosity, and numerous acts of kindness.

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