Paul Katsumata May 22, 1965 -November 30, 2007 Paul Katsumata passed away unexpectedly on Friday, November 30, 2007 at his home in Hawthorne. Paul was a devoted son, brother, husband, uncle, and brother-in-law. Born in Los Angeles as the first of two boys, Paul grew up in Gardena, and later moved to Hawthorne. Paul had to experience things for himself to figure them out. As such, he worked as a mechanic, plumber, sewer worker, street maintenance worker, and operating room technician. He had many interests, including his 1997 Ducati Monster 750, 1985 Chevy El Camino, his collection of watches, and all things Italian. Paul is survived by his wife, Marlowe Katsumata; his parents Yasuo and Kyoko Katsumata; his brother, Peter (wife Mandi) Katsumata; and his three nephews, Jake, Kyle, and Joey Katsumata. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, December 8, 2007 at 10:00 am at Rice Mortuary located at 5310 Torrance Blvd, Torrance, CA 90503. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to MADD or City of Hope.

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  1. Pauly, You had a great impact on my life and I am very grateful to have been you friend. Thank you for showing me how to enjoy life no matter what. I’ll miss you. Love, Damio

  2. First and foremost, I would like to send my condolences to Paul’s family and a special heart felt sympathies to his brother Peter. As many of you have already shared, Paul touched many lives. I have many fond memories of Paul as I was growing up in Gardena on Atkinson Ave. in the 80’s. Many of us were several years younger than Paul. Yet, Paul shared his music with us (Garage bands), his advice (he would often tell us “stay in school so that you don’t end becoming a plumber”, and most importantly his time (basketball until ten at night, fire cracker wars, showing off his shiny El Camino, and most of all just being himself. Someone else said it, Paul’s permanent smile. You will sorely be missed. From all of us your friends the kids on Atkinson Ave: We love you: we will miss you and Rock on in heaven with all of the angels.

  3. Marlowe and family, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Take care, Cathy

  4. Katsumata family, We are deeply sorry to hear about the death of Paul. We are thinking of you during your time of sorrow. With love, Jim & Selah

  5. I did not know him very well, but the little that I knew..Paul was a great man….I am so sorry for your loss! May he rest in peace and my deepest condolences go out to you and yours. Yoni

  6. My deepest sympathy to Marlo and Pauls family. Paul and I go way back. I met him just after his plumbing career.Later he got on at the city of Manhattan Beach and was instramental in getting me a job there, where i still work. I was invited to Paul and Marlo`s wedding, He was so happy to be married to Marlo. That was such a fun day and a fond memory. Paul was very personable. Always asking how my daughters and Taylor were doing.Always concerned about my wifes medical stuff. He was always there to talk to. He talked so highly of his Mother and Father. And loved his brother Peter. Ill never forget Paul and Peter showing me how to shoot Craps in their Mothers hall the night before we were to go to Vegas. Alot of years ago.Paul Marlo and I Painted the town red that weekend. I have so much more but i will go now. Paul im going to miss you. Love : FREY

  7. My dear friends, I am speechless for this shocking news. Although far away, I am as close to you as you can feel. Enrico

  8. We are truly sorry for your loss. He was such a fun-loving person and terrific to work with. I will personally miss him a great deal.

  9. I will miss Paul very much – he had a great a heart and soul and left us way too early. He and I used to have a great time picking on Marlowe. He will forever be in my thoughts and my prayers.

  10. TO Paul’s Family, I am truly sorry for this tragedy, my condolescens go to all the family, Paul was a great man and he will forever be remembered.

  11. My heart goes out to those Paul left behind. Marlowe, Paul’s parents, brother and nephews I am holding you all in prayer. I pray that Paul has found peace and that all those who are deeply saddened by this tragedy find support through each other in sharing their grief and comforting one another. God Bless, Roxanne Polk

  12. Marlowe, Paul’s laugh will live in our hearts!! Ralph and I are praying for you and your extended family.

  13. My heartfelt condolences go out to Marlowe and the rest of Paul’s family. He was a wonderful student at Newbridge College and was an inspiration to fellow Surgical Tech students.

  14. Our hearts are deeply saddened by the loss of Paul. He has been an extremely important part of our “family” for 18 years. He will truly be missed.Paul will live forever in our hearts. Our thoughts and prayers are with Marlowe, Pauls parents,Peter,Mandy,Jake,Kyle,Joey and the rest of the family.

  15. I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts are with you all and pray you find strenght to help you through this difficult time.

  16. May all of your family be surrounded in love and light during this time. Know that all our thoughts and prayers are with you. The Solis Family

  17. My sincere condolences to the Katsumata family. I spent a year with Paul at school and in that short period he brought many of laughs and memories. He will be missed.

  18. Dear Marlowe and Katsumata Family, Our prayers are with you at this very, sad time. We will always treasure the fun times we had with Paul. He was always so great with the kids! He was “one of a kind”! Love, Tom, Chrissy, Tommy, Timmy, and Rebecca

  19. Paul was a great neighbor and a very respectable man in our eyes. He was a man that treated each friend independently and with respect. Helpful, kind, and definitely fun spirited. I will remember Paul with only the best thoughts and memories of the times we shared as neighbors on Casimir Avenue in Gardena. Marlowe, my prayers go out to you and your family. Though Lisa and I are no longer together, I know that she feels the same way. Daniel Leisy 310.480.0764 15233 Casimir Avenue Gardena, CA 90249

  20. Dear Marlowe, Peter, and Mandi: You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. John and Eileen

  21. Our deepest sympathies for the loss of Paul. We always enjoyed his company and good humor. Paul was fun to be around and we will miss him. Our best to everyone who mourns his departure.

  22. My heart goes out to the family and friends…We have lost a wonderful friend…I can close my eyes and see his sweet smile….God Bless


  24. Marlowe & Family, Our prayers are with you in this very difficult time, always thinking of you. If you every need anything don’t hesitate to call. (310) 324-8695 or you know were we live. Your Ex Neighbors, Margaret, George, Ivan & Fabian

  25. To the Family, We will have good thoughts for you and the good memories will always keep his spirit alive. The Vriese family

  26. Dear Marlowe and Family: We will always remember Paul’s laughter and smiling face. We lived down the street from him and his family in Gardena. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this time. God Bless! Jesus (Chuy) and Glenda Gonzalez

  27. My sincere condolence to Paul’s family. Paul was a good friend and a good student of mine as a surgical tech in Newbridge. My prayers goes with him and his family. God bless.

  28. I cannot believe Paul is gone. I have very fond memories of him, when we were all kids. Mostly of my big brother Chuy and Paul playing loud instruments in Paul’s garage, thinking they were rock stars. That was way back when we lived on 16103 Atkinson. My prayers go out to your family. God Bless you

  29. It’s been a day since I’ve heard the news and I’m still stunned. Paul was one of my oldest and dearest friends. We had some good times together. Growing up and experiencing life, we drifted apart in the late eighties and pursued our individual careers and lives, but we always remained in contact, even though we never saw each other on a regular basis the way we did growing up. On those sporadic occasions where we did meet up or talk on the phone, he always asked how my family was. I’ll always remember his laughter and smile, his wacky and sarcastic sense of humor. I’ll also always remember the many hours we played music together in various hastily-assembled garage bands, many of which also included his brother Peter. Those were fun times. I’m sad he’s no longer with us, but my life is much richer for having known him. My thoughts are with Marlowe and his parents, his brother Peter, and the rest of his family. Jesus ‘Chuy’ Gonzalez

  30. Katsumata family my Prayers go out to you.I worked with paul at the City for some time i will miss the talks we had.May GOD walk with you hand and hand IN Jesus name

  31. The Katsumata Family I was so sorry to hear about Paul. He always had a minute to stop and chat and flash that huge smile. I can’t remember a time as he drove past me when I was walking the dogs that he didn’t honk and wave. His smile and friendliness will always be remembered. Our hearts go out to all of you. Bret and Karen Stagg

  32. Marlowe and family, I am so sorry for your loss. Paul is now at peace with the Lord and all his questions have been answered. Know now that he is in Heaven watching out for you. I wish I could be there to offer support, tears and a big hug for you Marlowe and your family as well. Know that I will be thinking of you this day and throughout the holidays and praying for you as well. All my love, your lifelong friend for over 30 years, Liane Ingram

  33. Our thoughts go out to the family through this time. We are saddened by the loss of Paul. He was a great guy. With much love. All the staff at Diagnostic and Interventional Surgical Center ( D.I.S.C)

  34. Dear Marlowe and family, We are so saddened by the loss of such a fun, loving, and special friend. We have very special memories of Paul that we will always keep close to our hearts.

  35. OMG. What a shock to hear about such a tragic loss. Paul was always a bright spot in any meeting and was a great man… He had such a joy of life. So sad to hear it was ended way too soon. He will be missed by all who knew him. My condolences to his family at this rough time.

  36. I knew Paul when we both started working for the City of Manhattan Beach. He was always laughing and kidding around with the me and the other Secretary. I give my deepest sympathy to you Marlowe for your lost of a great guy!

  37. Dear Marlowe, My deepest sympathy and condolence to you and your family for your loss. Paul was so kind to me and the kids. I wish you strength and fortitude at this most difficult time. Sincerely, Jessica Ang Liu

  38. Dear Katsumata Family, We are deeply sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with all of you. Paul will be greatly missed by all and will never be forgotten. Paul was always respectful, fun and engaging. We will always remember Paul as a great listener, selflessly more interested in what others were doing and as always supportive. My most fondest memory with Paul was a Las Vegas trip with him, Peter and John. Paul and I shared a hotel room together, in which I awoke from one of those deep Vegas slumbers, to Paul standing over my bed at 6 am and him saying “Wake up bro, it’s been real but, I’m leavin’!” We wish we were with you on this day to say “goodbye to Paul” but will be thinking and praying from Finland and will always remember Paul as the great person he is. Love, The Waleckis

  39. Dear Marlowe and family, my thoughts are with you. We’ll never forget number of good memories Paul gave us. Love, Masaaki, Yukie, Nana, Kohei, Yota Sakagami

  40. Marlowe and Family, Words can not express the sadness that I feel for you. Paul was a funny man who just lost his way and to no fault of anyone else. I will miss my occasional ‘pat’ on the head. Marlowe, he finally found peace within. Again, my prayers are with you and your family. Luv ya

  41. Marlowe and Family, Our heart’s and our prayer’s go out to you in this time of your loss. I can still see his smile and laughter in the neighborhood as I remember him. I know he touched many life’s as he touched ours through his kindness and character. May God’s peace and understanding comfort your hearts as you through this time of mourning. God Bless.

  42. To the Katsumata Family, Im sorry for the sudden lost of you son,husband,uncle, brother in-law. It saddens my heart and soul as I know it does yours. Life events happen for a reason whether it my be joyful of heartfeld. Whenever I did see Paul his presence was always felt. One time, when Lorraine and I had stop by the house to say hello, Paul answered the the door. I felt and saw that he was larger then life as if his body and soul filled the door way happiness. Marlowe (Ms Piggy/Lilo/You ninnee) Im here for you everyday, anytime to lend you my ear to assist you thru you heart break. May Buddha be watching over you and give everyone peace in your hearts and souls….. Love, Michael Takata

  43. Marlowe and The Katsumata Family, Paul was larger than life here on earth an now he is larger than life in heaven!! That vivacious smile will always be embedded in my mind and memory of you…Paul. Keep smiling and watchover the ones you love that remain here on earth, and say hello to the loved ones that you now join in heaven. Someday we will all meet again. Peace, love, and tranquility to you all. Love, Lorraine Salazar

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