Arthur Nobuo Doi

Nov 10, 1923 - Jan 22, 2017


Arthur N. Doi, 93, died peacefully on January 22, 2017. Born in Seattle, Washington on November 10, 1923, Arthur was the eldest of 5 children. Arthur, his 3 sisters, and brother were 2nd generation Japanese Americans, namely Nisei. Arthur attended Broadway High School in his hometown. During that time, World War II was underway. In 1942, the year of Arthur’s graduation, all persons of Japanese ancestry on the West Coast were ordered to detainment by Executive Order 9066. As he and his family were being relocated to the internment camp at Minidoka (Hunt, ID), Arthur received his high school diploma at the Puyallup Assembly Center, a fairground turned into temporary detention en route to Minidoka. From the internment camps, many young Nisei men sought to demonstrate their patriotism by voluntarily offering their services to the armed forces. Their country lost faith in them, but faith was not lost in their country. In 1943, while interned at Minidoka, Arthur volunteered to join the U.S. Army. From 1943-1945, Arthur served his country in the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, a Japanese-American unit, most decorated for its size and length of service. Arthur was a member of the 442nd RCT Cannon Company. He was awarded a Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Cluster. In May 2012, Arthur was a recipient of the Congressional Gold Medal, an award honoring the heroic wartime contributions of Japanese American soldiers from the 100th Infantry Battalion, 442nd Regimental Combat Team, and the Military Intelligence Service. Following the war, Arthur met and married his wife Osame. Arthur and Osame had 3 daughters, Kathryn (Howard Ferrier), Susan, and Carol (deceased 1972), whom they raised in Sacramento, California. Arthur and Osame were married 66 years, until Osame’s death in May 2016. Arthur earned a master’s degree in Statistics from the University of Minnesota, in 1952. Arthur’s professional life began as a statistician in private-sector quality control. Decades later, Arthur retired from the State of California Department of Energy, after serving many years as a computer analyst. Arthur and Osame shared a love of travel, which took them across the U.S. as well as abroad. They especially enjoyed visiting America’s National Parks. In their retirement years, Arthur and Osame stayed busy taking computer classes and spending time with family and friends. Arthur was the proud grandfather and great grandfather of his grandson Andrew Ferrier (Katie), Colin, and Charlotte; and granddaughter Lisa Ferrier (Dan Johnson), Josephine, and Evelyn. A graveside service with military honors will be held on Saturday 2/18/17 at 11am. The ceremony will take place at East Lawn Memorial Park, 4300 Folsom Blvd, Sacramento 95819. A luncheon reception will follow. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Go for Broke National Education Center (355 E. 1st Street, suite 200, Los Angeles, CA 90012); Nisei VFW Post 8985 (1515 Fourth Street, Sacramento, CA 95814); or Nisei Veterans Committee (1212 South King Street, Seattle, WA 98144).

Funeral Home:
East Lawn Mortuary
5757 Greenback Lane
Sacramento, CA
US 95841

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