Daniel Kenji Hirabayashi July 18, 1928 – August 16, 2016

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DanDaniel Kenji Hirabayashi, 88 years old, passed away on Tuesday, August 16, 2016, at his home in Duncanville, TX.

He is survived by his daughter, Margie Griffith and husband, Jamie Griffith; his son, David Hirabayashi and wife, Angela Hirabayashi; grandchildren, Amy Hirabayashi and husband, Ross Bartel, Laura Griffith, Brian Griffith, Michael Hirabayashi and fiancée, Kathy Maxwell, Eric Hirabayashi and wife, Anya Hirabayashi along with his beloved great-grandson Ezra Hirabayashi. He is also survived by his sister, Ruth Yoshihashi, brothers, Bill Hirabayashi and Ted Hirabayashi, and countless nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas Toshiharu Hirabayashi and Grace Midori Hirabayashi, sister, Kay Ujifusa and brothers, Martin, Grant and Sam.

Born in Kent, WA on July 18, 1928, Dan was raised in Thomas, twenty miles south of Seattle.
13-year-old Dan was forced to move to a relocation camp in 1942, following the bombing of Pearl Harbor and start of WWII. Dan remained in several relocation camps until 1945. He then moved to Minneapolis, MN. Upon graduation from South High School in the spring of 1946, he enlisted in the U.S. Army the following fall until his honorable discharge.

After his service, he attended Dunwoody College of Technology under the G.I. Bill before working at an Oldsmobile dealership in Barrington, IL. He opened up a Pure Oil service station and then a Jeep dealership in Barrington, IL. He served as an automotive service mechanic and manager for several dealerships in the Chicago suburbs before later moving to Grapevine, TX to help run his brother Grant and wife Ester’s convenience store and gas station. In 1986, he co-founded Toshio’s Taste of Japan in Duncanville, TX and remained the General Manager until he retired in his 80’s.

Dan’s passion for playing golf and for cars was only eclipsed for his love of his family and friends.

jaynesVisitation with family and friends is encouraged and will be held on Sunday 8/28/16 between 6:00-8:00 pm at Jaynes Memorial Chapel at 811 South Cockrell Hill Road, Duncanville, TX 75137.

The memorial service will be at 9:30 am on Monday 8/29/16 at the First United Methodist Church located at 403 South Main St., Duncanville, TX 75116.

Interment will follow this service at the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery in Dallas.