Robert Juichi Minatoya, a 30 year resident of Torrance, CA passed away on Saturday, November 5, 2011 surrounded by his loving family. He was born on January 16, 1932 in Lihue, Kaua'i. Robert was a pioneer during his career as a systems engineer, developing classified Tactical and Control Systems for the U.S. Navy's combat warships. He will be lovingly remembered by family and friends for his love of golf, dedication to his loved ones, and selfless generosity. Robert is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Mabel; daughters, Denise Minatoya and Joanne Yoshida; son, John Minatoya; three grandchildren, Tiffany Yoshida, Katie Yoshida, and Jaime Yoshida, all residents of Torrance; brother, William Minatoya of Manoa, Oahu; and sister, Evelyn Alt of San Diego, CA. Please join the family for a celebration of his life at the Gardena Buddhist Church on Thursday, November 17, 2011 at 4:00pm. A private burial will be at Green Hills Memorial Park in Rancho Palos Verdes.

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  1. Minatoya Family, My deepest sympathy for the lost of a wonderful person. I sat next to him at many basketball games and I enjoyed all of our conversations. I loved talking to him about golf and all the activities that the kids were involved in. He was so proud of the grandkids. I am so very sad. I will miss him, but he is in a better place.

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