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Obituary: HOKI, DAVID

Published: Wednesday, Nov. 26 2014 8:08 a.m. MST

David Hideyo Hoki McAllen, TX

David Hideyo Hoki passed away on January 25, 2011, at the age of 87. He was born in Utah and grew up in the Salt Lake City area. He and his family moved to Mission, TX, in 1955, then to McAllen, TX, in 1968. He is survived by his nine children, twenty grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren. Robert (Carol) of Florida, Gordon (Chieko) of Texas, Wallace (Janice) of Idaho, Janis Matsumura (Jim) of Salt Lake City, Alan (Iris) of Hawaii, Carolyn Talbot (Craig) of California, Arthur (Carli) of Seattle, Kanna Madero (Mike) of Texas, and William of New York City. He was preceded in death by his first wife Amie Tamura in 1972. He later married Fumiko Fujimura in Japan and the marriage was later sealed in the Idaho Falls Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. He is also survived by his brothers Shigeo of California, Murray Mitsuo and Toshio both of Utah, a sister Sadako Matsui of California and numerous nieces and nephews. David was a pioneer in the growth of the LDS Church in South Texas and served in many positions including Bishop and as President of the Japan-Sapporo Mission. He has seen the church grow from its small beginnings as a district to the present three stakes. He loved his church service. David was a commercial vegetable grower for 70 years; retiring at the age of 80 years. He was a member of the Farm Bureau and the National Onion Association for many years. He received the Conservation Farmer of the Year award from the local Soil and Water Conservation District. He probably holds the record for iceberg head lettuce production in the Valley with a yield of 1120 carton boxes per acre. He also grew superior yields of bell peppers, onions, and cantaloupes that were sent all over the United States and into Canada. He loved to grow vegetables although it was a challenge some times. He even had a veggie garden in the back yard in his retired years. But the most satisfaction and enjoyment was from his faith-based family and extended family. They were his comfort and joy. He loved his family. A viewing will be held from 1:00-1:30 p.m. followed by the funeral at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 2, 2011, at the Mountain View Memorial Mortuary & Cemetery, 3115 E. 7800 S., Cottonwood Heights, UT.