Mark Hasegawa, 89, passed away peacefully on Feb. 15, 2017, with family by his side.
Mark was born Dec. 10, 1927, to Kenichi and Masue (Namba) Hasegawa. He grew up in the Hood River Valley, attending school at Oak Grove grade school. Early in 1942, Mark and his family went to internment camps in Pinedale, Calif., and Minidoka, Idaho, returning back to the Hood River area in 1945. He graduated from Hood River High School in 1947.
For a few years after graduating from high school, Mark worked on the family farm. Mark enlisted in the Army serving in the Korean War from 1950-52. By the early 1960s, he had purchased land on Binns Hill Drive to start his family orchard and call home.
He married Yuri L. Kawachi on May 6, 1956, at the Centenary Wilbur Methodist Church in Portland. Together they raised three children. Mark enjoyed watching the fruits of his labor in his orchard, countless trips to Reno and Toppenish, Wash., with his good friends, and frequent trips to the Oregon coast to clam dig when his kids were younger. Most of all, he loved spending time with his wife, children and grandchildren.
Mark is survived by his wife Yuri; three children, Rhonda (Jeff) Kaneshige of Gladstone, Ore., Jeff (Jackie) Hasegawa of Hood River, Ore., and Janet (Tom) Mellman of Burlingame, Calif., three grandchildren, Courtney Hasegawa, Michael Hasegawa and Gavin Mellman, sister Dorothy Kawachi of Beaverton, Ore., brother James (Ella) Hasegawa of Hood River, sister-in-law Anita Hasegawa of Hood River, and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, older brother Toru and nephew Bob Kramer.
In lieu of flowers and memorials, please make a donation in Mark’s name to the Westside Fire Department, 1185 Tucker, Hood River, OR 97031.
A viewing will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 24; a second viewing will be held from 9:30-10:45 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 25, and a service will follow at 11 a.m. at Anderson's Tribute Center.
Arrangements are under the direction of Anderson's Tribute Center (Funerals • Receptions • Cremations) 1401 Belmont Ave., Hood River. Visit www. AndersonsTributeCenter.com to leave a note of condolence for the family.
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