Age 93, of Kailua, a retired time keeper at Dole Corporation and a professional baseball umpire, died February 3, 2011 at Castle Medical Center. He was born in Honokaa, raised in Honolulu and educated at St. Louis College, where he played baseball for Francis Funai. He played in several baseball leagues before WWII and was a member of the 1938 Asahi team, which won the Hawaii Major League title that year. He served in the 100th Infantry Battalion during WWII and played on that unit's legendary "Aloha Team" as it competed with teams in the Midwest, Arkansas, and North Africa. After the war, he began his career as an umpire, and he officiated at the games of visiting major league teams, Rainbow games as well as those of high school, Makule League and mountain ball teams.
He is survived by sons Samuel Hideo Yamashita, Henry E. Sheffield Professor of History at Pomona College, and David Matsuo Yamashita, an urban planner employed by Maui County; and two grandchildren, Katherine and Michael.
Private services were held.
Our deepest condolences to the family and friends of the deceased