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Howard Hideki Nishimoto
July 23, 1942 ~ January 15, 2024 (age 81) 81 Years Old
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Howard Hideki Nishimoto was born on July 23, 1942, in Paia, Maui, Hawaii, the son of Hajime Nishimoto and Tomoe Tao. An Eagle Scout, he was a graduate of Maui High School Class of 1960 after which he moved to Honolulu. He worked at the City & County of Honolulu Department of Vehicle Registration while simultaneously attending Cannon's Business College obtaining a degree in Accounting. Immediately thereafter, Howard started working as the Head Accountant at a private firm in Honolulu.
It was at Cannon's that Howard met the love of his life, the ultra-studious Gail Nishimura who on August 20, 1966, become his full-time partner and wife. Nine months later, Howard became a Dad upon the birth of his son Tragg.
After several years working as the Plant Manager at Young's Laundry, Howard made the monumental decision to return to school. With Gail's blessing, he quit his job at Young's Laundry and made a 180-degree career change obtaining a degree in Automotive Technology from Leeward Community College (LCC) in Pearl City, Hawaii. He was so proficient in this new area of expertise, that upon graduation, he was asked to remain at the school as an Instructor! However, it was LCC's loss that Howard instead chose to accept a position as Service Technician at Honolulu Ford, where he remained until his retirement in 2012.
Throughout his adult life, Howard enjoyed and actively participated in numerous recreational activities. As a member of an Archery Club in the 1970's and 1980's, he competed in tournaments as well as serving as an Instructor to up-and-coming archery enthusiasts. This then led to his decades long love of Competitive Pistol Shooting. An interest in Dog Training, led to Howard being able to train his German Shorthaired Pointer Mercedes Twinkling Leia to earn AKC Field Champion status as well as AKC Show Champion status. He later served as an AKC Field Trial Judge, a position he never relinquished. From the 1990's through the early 2010's, Air Riflery became a passion of Howard's, serving first as an Assistant Coach for Kamehameha Schools Kapalama, then Head Coach at the Interscholastic League of Hawaii (ILH) PAC-Five, and later Head Coach of the Academy of the Pacific Team. In 2002, Howard was named the ILH Coach of the Year in Air Riflery. However, he was so humble, he never told his family. They only found out when they read about it in the local newspaper Star-Advertiser.
Upon his retirement from work and coaching, Howard took up another hobby far different from archery, pistol shooting, and coaching - BAKING! Through much research and trial-and-error, he became highly proficient in bread baking. Countless neighbors, friends, and family were the lucky recipients of Portuguese Sweet Bread, Japanese Milk Bread, Challah, Cranberry-Walnut Bread, Olive Bread, and his specialty Sour Dough Bread. No one will ever have as much passion for bread-making than Howard!
In November 2021, Howard and Gail agreed to move from Hawaii with Gail's sister Pam Morisaki to Las Vegas, Nevada where the three of them together with the family furry companion Makana "Mackey" settled in Southern Highlands. The new life was a breath of fresh air for all!
Howard peacefully passed away on January 15, 2024, at Dignity Memorial Hospital San Martin, after a brief illness. He was 81 years old.
He is survived by his wife of 57 years Gail, son Tragg of Idaho Falls, Idaho, furry companion and best friend Makana "Mackey", brothers-in-law Leslie Nishimura of Waipahu, HI and Calvin Nishimura of Wailuku, HI, sister-in-law Pam Morisaki of Las Vegas, Nevada, nieces and nephews, brother Robert Nishimoto, and sisters Margaret and Katherine Nishimoto.
Celebration of Life to be held on February 24 in Las Vegas.