Fred Yasuo Takasaki

March 20, 2019


Fred Yasuo Takasaki passed away Friday, March 15, 2019, at the Mervyn Sharp Bennion Veterans’ Home after 94 years of living just as he wanted to. He was born in Honolulu, Hawaii , the 9th of 12 children to poor immigrant parents from Japan who were searching for a better life in America. During his high school years, he enjoyed playing basketball with missionaries from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He later joined the Church which was one of the greatest blessings in his life.

Fred served in the United States Air Force in WWII. This allowed him to further his education through the GI Bill, a blessing that he would not have had otherwise. While attending Brigham Young University, he met his wife of 65 years, Gladys Kondo, a fellow Hawaiian.

After graduation, Fred and Gladys moved to Ephraim, Utah where Fred taught art at Snow College, and Gladys worked at the college as a secretary. In Ephraim they were “adopted” by Vertis and LaRue Nielsen and entered into the warmth of the wonderful Michaelsen family. Their two sons, Roman and Kiefer, were both born in Ephraim.

From Ephraim, Fred and his family moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan where he proudly graduated with a Master’s Degree in Fine Arts. They returned to Provo, Utah where Fred was a professor of Asian Art History for 28 years.

Fred loved to be outdoors where he enjoyed fishing and landscaping. He also loved sports and was an avid fan of all sports. He especially loved cheering for his sons and grandchildren during their high school sporting events. During his last years, his greatest joy was seeing his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He loved them dearly, and they were always on his mind.

Fred was blessed with a generous, giving heart. He was always thinking about what gift he could give both to those he knew well and those with whom he only had brief encounters.

He is survived by his wife Gladys, now in Spanish Fork, Utah, and sons Roman (Elizabeth Ann Inouye), Spanish Fork, Utah and Kiefer (Linda Axe) Kihei, Hawaii; grandchildren Stephen (Jennifer) Takasaki, Aimee (Davey) Alleman, David (Casey) Takasaki, Lindzi Takasaki, and Tanner Takasaki; great-grandchildren Paxson, Edison, Liv, Lennon, Alina, and Anya.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 23, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at the Mountain view Memorial Estates Mortuary located at 3115 Bengal Blvd, Cottonwood Heights, Utah. A viewing will be held from 9:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. at the same location prior to the services.

The family wishes to thank the administration and nursing staff at the Mervyn Sharp Bennion Veterans’ Home who were so kind to Fred in his last months. They went far beyond the call of duty to provide compassionate and loving care.

Condolences may be sent to the family at: www.walkerobits.com.