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Edward Yukio Okazaki, 69, a man of tender heart and steadfast kindness, who followed Christ unswervingly all his life, died March 20, 1992.

He was born February 7, 1923 in Paia, Maui, to Koichi and Taneyo Tokunaga Okazaki. He graduated from the University of Hawaii, from its Graduate School of Social Work and the University of Utah Graduate School of Social Work.During World War II, he served briefly with the Hawaii Territorial Guard, for a year with the Varsity Victory Volunteers (a labor battalion of University of Hawaii students of Japanese ancestry), and volunteered for the 442nd Infantry Combat Team, the most decorated Allied unit during World War II. He served in Italy, was wounded in France during the rescue of the 36th Texas Division (the "Lost Battalion"), and received the Purple Heart and the Silver Star for gallantry above and beyond the call of duty.

He married Chieko Nishimura of Kohala, Hawaii, June 18, 1949. Raised a Congregationalist, he joined the Mormon Church in 1950. Their marriage was solemnized in the Salt Lake Temple, June 22, 1951.

A peacemaker with an instinct for generosity, Ed was a probation officer in Hawaii.

In Salt Lake City, he worked for the Red Cross, VA Hospital, and as first director of the Utah Commission on Aging. In Colorado, he was regional assoc. commissioner of the Administration on Aging; social service director of the Tri-County Health Department; regional coordinator, Older Americans Volunteer Programs for the 6-state ACTION Federal Agency; and assistant regional director for the Office of Human Development, HEW. He was also a consultant to the Community College of Denver, Denver Commission on Aging, and North Denver Alliance for Community Needs.

An Eagle Scout and Scoutmaster, Ed served in the bishopric of the SL Monument Park 8th Ward, as president of the Japan Okinawa and Japan Central Missions, and as Regional Representative of the Quorum of Twelve to Japan and


Survivors are his wife, Chieko; sons (Kenneth Alohi Okazaki SLC, and Robert Kealiiululani Okazaki married to Christine Wynn Okazaki, Milwaukee, Wis.); grandsons Matthew Robert and Andrew Wynn Okazaki; and his mother and siblings (Gordon Okazaki and Ruth O. Mukai), Maui.

An unpretentious, patient, and immensely loving man, Ed "looked on the heart," treating everyone with dignity and respect. He was a good man, a true disciple of Jesus Christ.

Funeral services 12:00 noon, Tuesday, March 24th, Salt Lake Wasatch Stake Center, 8170 So. Shorthills Drive (3425 East). Friends may call Monday evening, 6-8 pm, Larkin Sunset Lawn Mortuary, 2350 E. 1300 S., and at the Stake Center on Tuesday, 11 - 11:45 a.m.

Interment at Mountain View Memorial Estates.

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