Rev. Edward Toshio Iwamoto
September 9, 1932 – November 27, 2017
Rev. Edward Toshio Iwamoto was born in Lompoc, California, on September 9, 1932 and died on November 27, 2017 in Seattle. He was raised in Lompoc until the evacuation of Japanese from the West Coast during the Second World War. After the war, the family returned to settle in West Los Angeles. Ed received a degree from UCLA and then spent two years in the Army. He went to Seminary at Boston University and became a United Methodist pastor. He served at Centenary United Methodist Church, West Los Angeles United Methodist Church and Sage in El Monte before moving to Seattle in 1974. He served various churches in the Pacific Northwest Conference and also served as a District Superintendent of the Vancouver (WA) District.
His parents were Robert and Tomiko Iwamoto who predeceased him in death. He is survived by his wife Betty, and children Rachel (Gary) Hall of Clyde Hill, WA, Jonathan Iwamoto, Nathan (Yorika) Iwamoto of Kirkland, WA, and Mieko Beth Iwamoto of Aiea, Hawaii and three grandchildren, Allison and Zachary Hall and Kyle Iwamoto. He is also survived by his brothers Henry (Joy) Iwamoto and Milton Iwamoto and sisters June Tomita and Judy Okita, nieces and nephews and many other relatives.
A celebration of Ed’s life was held in Seattle. A second celebration will be held in Los Angeles on Feb. 2, 2018 at 11 am at West Los Angeles United Methodist Church.
In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to West Los Angeles United Methodist Church.