May 2, 1920 ~ October 5, 2007
May 2, 1920 - October 5, 2007
A community leader in the South Bay for 59 years, Eizo Etow died peacefully, at home. He was 87 years old.
He was born in San Diego where his father was the first President Of the Japanese Community Chamber of Commerce. The family returned to Osaka, Japan in 1925 where Mr. Etow attended school. He came to Hermosa Beach to attend USC Art School, but needed to enroll at RUHS for refresher courses. The war came and in 1942 he went to Poston, Arizona Relocation Camp. There he met and married Kikue (Kay) Fujiura. They returned to Hermosa in 1946 with 2 small children and a father-in-law. They opened Etow's 101 Nursery in 1948 and it serviced the area until he retired in 1985.
Eizo and Kay helped beautify and enrich the entire South Bay through the years. They supported Youth Sports, schools, PTA's, Boy Scouts of America, Hermosa Rotary, Altrusa, Centinela Chap. California Association of Nurserymen, Hermosa Garden Club, Nikkei and Sai Sei Kai Widow and Widowers Groups. They provided trees and plants to many schools, parks and civic projects. Eizo lived long enough to see the re-dedication of Kay Etow Park in Hermosa October 2nd.
His love was painting and he was an active member of the Thursday Morning Painters. Travels to England, Greece, Alaska and the Northwest were subjects for his popular oil and watercolors. He was honored by having a painting permanently hung in Vladivostok, Russia in a cultural exchange. Any sport was worth his time and he supported the local schools for years after his children were gone. The Dodger, "old" LA Rams and the Lakers were his favorites.
His family is proud of the many things he and Kay did and can visit many places where their memory is on public display. Thank you to all his friends, but especially the neighbors who graciously and generously are supporting the family.
A Memorial/Celebration of Life service will be at Rice Mortuary 5310 Torrance Blvd., Torrance, Friday, October 19 at 2pm. 310-792-7599. A reception will follow at Rice.
For those who wish, a contribution in his memory can be made to Hermosa Beach Rotary Club Foundation or Rotary Club International Foundation PO Box 204, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254. Contributions may also be made to the Kay Etow Scholarship Fund - Altrusa c/o Pat Dreizler 217 Ave. F, Redondo Beach, CA 90277 or you may place a tree or plant at a site of your choice in his memory.
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