Herbert Shinichi Watanabe
Herbert Shinichi Watanabe93 years old, of Hilo, Hawaii, passed on February 21 in Honolulu. Born in Wailuku, Maui. He was a graduate of Lanai High School and the Stout Institute [now the University of Wisconsin-Stout]. He was a retired Educational Officer, former school administrator and teacher with the Hawaii Department of Education, 3-time elected member of the Hawaii State Board of Education and two-term Board Chairman. He was an active member and former president and secretary of the Waiakea Lions Club of Hilo, and a Past International Director for Lions Clubs International. He was posthumously awarded the Lions International Medal of Honor for his over seven decades of service. He was an active volunteer for the Kilauea and Aloha Councils of the Boy Scouts of America, former Scout Executive with the Maui County Council of the Boy Scouts of America, Silver Beaver recipient and Outstanding Eagle Scout as recognized by the National Eagle Scout Association. He served with the Hawaii Army National Guard and was a member of the Board of Trustees of the Church of the Holy Cross, and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Lyman Museum, both in Hilo. He is pre-deceased by wife, Ellen and is survived by his sons Mark [Emily] of Hilo, Colin [Cherie] of Honolulu, David [Debra] of Pearl City, and Nathan [Blanche] of Colorado Springs, CO; Grandchildren Maika, Keisha, Shawna (Brad) Roggenbach, Ariel, Noah, Jason (Sabrina) Vaughn and Jeremy (Renee) Vaughn; great-granddaughter Penelope and numerous nieces and nephews. A Celebration of Life and Memorial Service will held at a later date at the Church of the Holy Cross is Hilo. In lieu of flowers or gifts, the family requests donations be made either to the Lions Eye Bank of Hawaii, the Aloha Council of the Boy Scouts of America, or to the Lyman Museum of Hilo.

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