Sohei Dave Kotsubo

Sohei Dave Kotsubo

January 19, 1941 - January 18, 2024

Sohei Dave Kotsubo

January 19, 1941 - January 18, 2024


Sohei Dave Kotsubo

Dave was born in Los Angeles on January 19th, 1941 to Nobuo and Masako Kotsubo. When he was one year old, Dave and his family were forcibly transferred to Santa Anita racetrack where they stayed in converted horse stalls until being transferred to the barracks in the internment camps in Heart Mountain, Wyoming.

As a young man, Dave was not much of a student, but he had a wicked sense of humor, a natural charm and a principled work ethic.  He was fiercely protective of his baby brother Shoji and younger sister, Hiroko, and assumed the role of the oldest son and protector of the family at a young age.

Dave was drafted into the Army during the Vietnam war but was released into the reserves after a year of service and did not see combat.

Dave married his lovely wife, Noriko Yasuda on Feb 22nd, 1968.  Dave loved and cared for his two sons, Steven and Lance by supporting and encouraging them through their many sports activities, and even coaching when the opportunity arose. In his younger days, he loved fishing and camping and often took the family in their camper trailer to June lake or Arrowhead lake for fishing weekends. Dave was an avid sports fan, often watching several different games of several different sports at one time.

In 2022, Dave gave his life to Christ.  He spent the last two years reflecting on his life, learning about Jesus and spending time with his wife reading the bible together.

Dave is survived by his 105 year old mother, Masako, his sister, Hiroko, wife, Noriko, two sons, Steven and Lance, and three grandchildren, Caleb, Gabriel and Mika.


In lieu of gifts or flowers, donations can be made to Rise OC Church,

Memorial Service

  • Date & Time: February 11, 2024 (1:30 PM - 2:30 PM)
  • Venue: Rise OC Church
  • Location: 3198 B 3407 Airport Loop Dr Costa Mesa, CA 92626 - (Get Directions)

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