Louis Kiyoshi Ito – Rafu Shimpo

December 26, 1930 – July 6, 2022

Louis Ito passed away peacefully in his sleep on Wednesday morning, July 6, 2022, at his home in Rancho Palos Verdes, California. He was 91 years old.
Louis was born on December 26, 1930 in Sacramento, California to Nobuyoshi and Kazuye Ito. The eldest of five children, Louis assumed many responsibilities from an early age on the family farm. The work was endless.

After enduring Executive Order 9066, under which all West Coast Japanese Americans were placed in internment camps, and after graduating from high school in 1949, Louis attended California College. of Arts and Crafts in Oakland, California while working as a butler for a doctor. However, several months after graduating with honors in 1954 and getting his first job at an advertising agency, he was drafted into the United States Army.

While in the military, Louis attended the U.S. Army Language School at the Presidio in Monterey, California to formally study Japanese and was later stationed in Tokyo, Japan. Louis met Shizue Seki in Japan and the two were married on March 28, 1958 at the United States Embassy in Tokyo. They eventually had three children, Marcia, Connie and Vance.

After an honorable discharge from the United States Army, Louis found employment as a technical artist and technical writer at various aerospace companies and moved to Los Angeles. However, with the lack of job security in this industry at the time, Louis attended law school and graduated with honors from Southwestern School of Law and passed the California State Bar Examination. on his first attempt in July 1970 despite working full time with three youngsters. children at home.

Louis worked for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office from 1970 to 1994, where he prosecuted crimes of all types. During this time, he developed a close working relationship with Japanese prosecutors, teaching them American criminal law and procedure. In recognition of building this relationship between American and Japanese legal circles, the government of Japan awarded Louis the Kunsho, Order of the Rising Sun, and he received the Imperial Medal from Emperor Akihito. Upon his retirement from the prosecutor’s office, he practiced law privately.

Throughout his life, Louis has been involved with several professional and community organizations.

Louis’ wife, Shizue, and eldest daughter, Marcia, preceded him in death. Louis is survived by his four siblings, Edward, Robert (Norma), Jackson and Karen (Harry); two children, Connie and Vance (Yumi); and five grandchildren, Amanda, Melissa, Michelle, Jason and Nathan.

The family held a private burial ceremony on July 19, 2022. A celebration of life will be held at Gardena Valley Baptist Church on August 19, 2022 at 3:30 p.m.

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