Joe A. Uchida
June 4, 1926 — November 13, 2020
Joe Uchida died peacefully at his home in South Pasadena on November 13, 2020, at the age of 94.
Born in Pasadena, on June 4, 1926, Joe attended Lincoln Elementary School and McKinley Junior High School in Pasadena. When WWII broke out he was incarcerated with his family at Gila River internment camp and graduated from Gila River High School in 1944. In August 1945, he was drafted into the U.S. Army where he served until 1947. In 1951 he graduated from USC with a Bachelor’s degree in business.
From 1952 until he retired in 2006, Joe was instrumental in the growth and development of the Bellefontaine Nursery in Pasadena. His ideas, energy and attention to detail made the business flourish. Through his son, Alan and nephew Dale, it is still one of the oldest, successful Japanese American establishments in Pasadena.
He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Agnes (Ashizawa), and his children, Alan, Craig, and Naomi (Foley), 3 grandchildren, Maria, Jennifer and Melinda, 2 great-grandchildren, Cora and Lucy, his brother, Robert (Mae), and numerous nephews and nieces.
In lieu of flowers or koden please consider making a donation in his name to the National Japanese American Memorial Foundation (NJAMF) or the Pasadena Japanese Cultural Institute (PCJI).