Richard Hideo Okumoto, 68, of Nampa, went peacefully to meet
the Lord on Tuesday, January 5, 1993, after a short but
valiant battle with cancer. He had accepted the Lord
and was at peace with himself. Funeral services will
be conducted at 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 8, 1993, at Dakan
Funeral Chapel, Caldwell, with Rev. Allen Nelson of Caldwell
officiating. Services will conclude at the chapel with
.private interment at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens, Caldwell.
Richard was born in Idaho Falls on January 7, 1924, to Nizo
and Kikue Okumoto. He moved with his family to the
Nampa area at an early age, and has been a resident of the
Boise Valley ever since. Richard was plagued with eye
problems his entire life, and he faced this challenge with
the same courage and determination that he showed all other
adversity. Through his lifetime he underwent a total
of 33 eye surgeries, 13 of them corneal transplants.
In spite of this, he farmed until 1964 when he purchased a
family billiards parlor in Caldwell. Eye problems
forced him to sell this business in 1965 and he entered
vocational training through Idaho's Commission for the
In 1969 he assumed
proprietorship of the cafeteria in the Len B. Jordan office
building in Boise and ran it successfully for many years.
In later years he entered semiretirement, servicing vending
machines in the Hall of Mirrors building until 1992, when
ill health forced him to retire.
Throughout his life, Richard's great passion in life was
fishing. For the last 25 years he had been an avid fly
fisherman, enjoying the freedom of a float tube. In
later years he enjoyed following the accomplishments of his
great-niece and great-nephew, Megan and Trent, as they
participated in 4-H, athletics and FFA activities.
He is survived by a sister, Rose Old of Caldwell; a brother,
Kiyoshi of Wickenberg, Arizona, and a nephew whom he helped
raise, Steve, and his wife, Tish Old, and their children,
Megan and Trent of Nampa.
preceded in death by his parents.
family suggests that memorials be made to Idaho's Commission
for the Blind, 341 W. Washington, Boise, ID 83702; or Mercy
Medical Center's Hospice Program, 1512 12th Ave. Road,
Nampa, 1D 83686.