Wesley Dean Motooka

Wesley Dean Motooka

May 18, 1956 - March 19, 2014

Wesley Dean Motooka

May 18, 1956 - March 19, 2014


Wesley Dean Motooka, 57, of Irvine passed away on Wednesday, March 19, 2014 with his family by his side.

He was born in Chicago, IL on May 18, 1956 to Dan and Miyeko Motooka. Wes graduated from West High School in Torrance, CA and received a BS in Engineering from UC Irvine and a Masters in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California.

Wes’s many awards, promotions, and his ascension to the role of group president reflected his sharp intellect, internal drive, and leadership abilities. His extremely successful career in aerospace exposed him to many different countries and experiences, which enabled him to form friendships across the globe.

As a husband and father, he will be remembered for his dedication to and support of his children, as well as for his generosity, sense of humor, and occasionally embellished stories.

He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Susanne, and two children: Kristen Motooka of Irvine, CA, and Daniel Motooka of Sunnyvale, CA.

A memorial service will be held at University United Methodist Church of Irvine on Saturday, March 29, 2014 at 10:00 am.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the American Cancer Society in memory of Wes.

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4 responses to Wesley Dean Motooka

  1. craig says:

    I worked with Wes for several years at L-3 Cincinnati Electronics. While he was very demanding, he was also one of the most dedicated and intelligent managers I ever knew. I was very sorry to hear about his illness and eventual death. It was way too early for such a young and brilliant person to leave this earth. I am so sorry for your loss.

  2. Graham says:

    I remember Wes at the UMYF, my wife and I were the adult Counselors. He had a calming influence.

  3. Wes and I were friends from West High and our MYF group. He was smart, funny and enthusiastic about everything he did. I remember he came over to our house one time when I was making a cake from a mix. I introduced him to the joys of licking the batter from the bowl, something he had never done before. He was thrilled.

    To Wes’ family, I am so sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to you and you will be in my prayers.

    Nikki Peyton Peterson

  4. Wes and I were great friends at West High, especially our senior year. He was exceptionally smart with a great sense of humor. We played basketball, fished off the Redondo breakwater (rarely catching anything), carpooled to Prom (he with Ingrid and me with Julie) and hung out with the UMYF group. I wish we could have kept in contact over the years.

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