ITO, MARTIN LLOYD April 21, 1917 to June 23, 2011 Lloyd Ito of Encanto passed away peacefully at 94 years of age. Lloyd was born in Oakland, CA. His father was from Japan and mother from Hawaii. They came to San Diego in the early 1920s. Lloyd graduated from San Diego High School and worked with his father, Yenkichi, growing and selling vegetables. Even though he was a U.S. citizen, after World War II broke out, his family was uprooted and interned to Poston, AZ. At the Poston Internment Camp, he volunteered for the Army's 442nd Regimental Combat Team, an all Japanese American Combat Infantry Team, joining Canon Company as a radio operator. In Europe his distinguished service, courage, initiative and devotion to his injured comrades earned him the Bronze Star for Valor and the Purple Heart. At war's end, Lloyd returned to San Diego and continued farming. He soon married Emiko, his wife of 65 years, and together they raised a family of four. In addition to his wife, Lloyd is survived by Mike (Rhonda), Robert (Edna), George (Carol), and Marlene (Steve Mishler); grandchildren, Amy Mallery, Brianne Jordan, Todd Christensen, Derek Ito, Bobby Ito, Taylor Mishler, and Travis Mishler; and four great-grandchildren Matthew Jordan, Maryn Jordan, Luke Mallery, and Jacob Mallery. Lloyd enjoyed ballroom dancing, extended Baja fishing trips, ocean and lake fishing, woodworking, making and sharpening knives and volunteering for the Blind Recreation Center. A Celebration of Life will be held Thursday, June 30th, 10:30 a.m. at Pioneer Ocean View United Church of Christ, 2550 Fairfield, San Diego, CA 92110. Reception and luncheon to follow immediately in the Fellowship Hall. Burial will be Friday, July 1st, at 10:30 a.m. at Mount Hope Cemetery, 3751 Market Street. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to the Sharp HospiceCare Fund at Grossmont Hospital Foundation, PO Box 158, La Mesa, CA 91944-9942 or visit online www.sharp.com/foundation, click on "Grossmont Hospital Foundation," and "Donate Now
Hero and knife maker my kind of guy.