George Oyama

March 08, 2001

Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday in Frye Chapel & Mortuary in Brawley for George Oyama, 79, of Calipatria, who died Tuesday in his home. Rosary will be said at 7 p.m.

Mass will be celebrated at 9 a.m. Saturday in St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Calipatria with the Rev. Amador Lopez officiating.

Burial will be in Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico.

Mr. Oyama was born April 2, 1921, in San Benito, Texas, and lived there until 1957. He then traveled to different states and counties as part of his work.

He joined the U.S. Army during World War II, serving in the All-Japanese division.

Mr. Oyama came to the Imperial Valley in 1968 and worked at John Elmore Farms in Brawley for four years. He then moved to Los Mochis for two years before returning to the United States to continue working in agriculture.


He married Martha Rodriguez in San Benito on June 23, 1987.

Survivors include his wife, Martha Oyama of Calipatria; daughters, Judy Oyama of Ft. Worth, Texas, Georgia Rink of Cloud Croft, N.M., and Irela Oyama of Calipatria; sons, Rick Oyama of Phoenix, Casey Oyama of Calipatria and Armando and Jorge Oyama, both of National City; brother, Siggi Oyama of San Benito; sister, Mary Hada of Houston; and seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild.


Military services will be at 1 p.m. Monday in Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery in Point Loma for Elwood Allison Beatty, 82, of El Centro, who died Feb. 23 in his home. The Rev. Suzi Jacobson of First United Methodist Church of El Centro will officiate.

Mr. Beatty was born Nov. 10, 1918, in Westmorland. He married Leoma Catherine Shaver, his high school sweetheart, in Santa Ana on June 29, 1939. They shared a lifelong love for art and music.

Mr. Beatty worked in sales and service of farm machinery until forced to retire early due to poor health caused by exposure while serving in the U.S. Army during World War II.

A disabled veteran of World War II, Mr. Beatty never allowed his physical ailments to hinder him, his family said.

His enjoyment of life, work and family will be remembered by all that knew him, according to his wife.

Mr. Beatty is survived by his wife of 61 years, Leoma Catherine Beatty of El Centro.

The family suggests memorials be sent to the First United Methodist Church in El Centro.

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