August 23, 1925 to April 11, 2018
Masanori Fujimoto, age 92, died of an accidental fall with injury to the brain on the morning of Wednesday, April 11, 2018, in Torrance, California. Masanori is survived by his wife, Sakae Fujimoto of Los Angeles; his sons Masafumi and daughter-in-law, Hisako of Mililani, Hawaii; and his second son Kenneth Fujimoto. Masafumi has two sons, Andrew and Wesley. Wesley is married to Akiko and lives in Aiea, Hawaii with their two sons, Alex and Jake. Ken resides with his son, Marcus in Harbor City, California.
Masanori was born on August 23, 1925 in Wakayama, Japan, to parents Motokichi Fujimoto (father) and Yuwaye (mother). He, with his family, immigrated to San Francisco, California in November of 1925. Eventually, Mas and his family moved to Los Angeles and he became a member of Koyasan Boy Scout Troop 379 and attaining the rank of Star Scout prior to his departure back to Japan at the age of 15. During the occupation of Japan at the end of World War II, he served as an interpreter with the occupational services until he returned to Los Angeles in 1952.
Masanori was a great family man and a loving father. He married Sakae Fujimoto in Japan and the couple had two sons together, including Masafumi and Kenneth, both of whom eventually became Eagle Scouts of Boy Scout Troop 379. When Masanori returned to Los Angeles, he eventually was employed by Safeway Stores (presently Vons), but he also returned to his long-standing involvement with the Boy Scouts of America and was a socially active man who was deeply involved in scouting activities. Among his greatest joys was helping to lead and awarding Eagle Scout status to more than 200 young men, as he garnered many awards, designations, and honorary recognitions while supporting the scouting program.
Some of these accomplishments include:
• Earning the rank of Star Scout in 1937 prior to his departure back to Japan in 1940
• 1965 – Award of Merit Recipient, Pueblo District, Los Angeles Area Council, Boy Scouts of America
• 1970 – District Commissioner, Pueblo District, Los Angeles Area Council, Boy Scouts of America
• 1972 – Silver Beaver Award – Los Angeles Area Council, Boy Scouts of America
• 1980 – 25th year veteran – Los Angeles Area Council, Boy Scouts of America
• 1984 – Awarded a “Kunsho” from the Boy Scouts of Nippon (Japan)
• 1990 – 35th year veteran, Los Angeles Area Council, Boy Scouts of America
• 2004 – 40th years of service from Koyasan Boy Scouts Troop 379
• 2005 – Doctor Kondo Lifetime Achievement Award – North Star District of the Los Angeles Area
Council, Boy Scouts of America
• 1958 to 2005 involved with Boy Scout Troop 379
• 1968 District Commissioner
• Eagle Character Board Chairman – 30 years (Reviewing hundreds of Eagle Scout candidates from
various troops in the district)
• 1969 – 2004 – Scouting Coordinator, Koyasan Church
• Conducted over 123 Investiture Ceremonies for Troop 379 Eagle Court of Honor from 1969-2006.
In 1973, 13 scouts were awarded the rank of Eagle Scout that year.
• The first trip to Japan by Chartered and Commercial Airlines was let by Mr. Fujimoto on
August 5th, 1968.
Subsequent years were 1971, 1982, 1986, 1984, 1994, 1998, 2002, 2006, all led by Masanori
Mas was also deeply involved in the Koyasan Buddhist Temple, Los Angeles, California and the prefectural association Wakayama Kenjinkai and of course, Boy Scout Troop 379 for the majority of his life.
A funeral is scheduled for Mr. Masanori Fujimoto will be held on Friday, April 20, 2018 at 7:30 pm. Koyasan Beikoku Betsuin, 342 E. First St., Los Angeles, CA 90012. Scouts, former scouts and scouters are invited to attend and consider wearing your uniform in celebrating his scouting legacy.
The family asks that all guests park in perimeter parking lots since church parking will be reserved only for immediate family and officiants.