Ernest Kunito Yokota
Ernest Kunito Yokota was born in Waipahu, Hawaii, on November 30, 1928 to Kuzo and Tamayo (Ichinaga) Yokota. He was the youngest of ten children; brothers, Masato, Yutaka (Harry), Masaru (Fred), Yuso, and sisters, Masano, Hisao (Sato), Tsuruyo (Nakano), Kikuye / Doris (Dodo), and Haruyo (Nitta). He attended Waipahu High School where he flourished in a variety of sports. From a young age he wore glasses thus his nickname Megane. He served in the Army from December 1954 to December 1956. In 1959, he married Clarice Nakashima (Okimoto). Clarice, a widow, came with two sons, Clyde and Steven. He took to the role of father without hesitation. Together they welcomed their daughter, Lori in 1961. Ernest retired from the Board of Water Supply after 27 years of service on September 1, 1986. In his spare time, he enjoyed bowling and participated in the AJA and 22nd Avenue leagues for many years. However, his true enjoyment came from watching and teaching not only his children but other children about sports. He was always willing to help anyone who had an interest in the game, particularly baseball. The one common comment about Ernest is, "he was always smiling. He had a great smile". His beloved Clarice passed away on November 27, 2013, after 54 years of marriage. Ernest is survived by his children, Clyde Nakashima (Merian), Steven Nakashima (Sheree), and Lori Sato (Roy). He is also survived by his sister, Haruyo Nitta. Ernest was also blessed with 11 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. Due to covid, the family will be having a private service. The family asks that in lieu of any flowers or koden, please feel free to make a donation to your favorite youth sports team or league.
Arrangements Provided By: Hosoi Garden Mortuary
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