HIROSHI YAMASHITA / 1924-2004
Memorial services for Hiroshi Yamashita, a member of Hawaii's first elected Board of Education, will be held Saturday at Diamond Head Mortuary.
Yamashita died July 12 at age 79 in Las Vegas, where he had retired with his wife, Barbara, because the dry climate was better suited to her health.
He was born in Keaau on the Big Island on Sept. 25, 1924, and was associated with the sugar industry for many years, with Puna Sugar on the Big Island as well as Oahu Sugar Co.
He was first elected to the school board in 1966 and stayed in office until 1980, serving as vice chairman, chairman and as chief negotiator with the teachers' and principals' unions. He also was president of the National School Board Association in 1980.
He is survived by his wife and two sons, Edward and Wayne; daughter-in-law Sharlene; and two grandchildren.
Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, at Diamond Head Mortuary, with visitation beginning at 9:30 a.m.