Lloyd Kenzo Shinsato was born June 7, 1922 in Honolulu, Hawaii to Kenta and Kame Shinsato and passed away November 13, 2012 in Denver, CO. He spent most of his youth in Honolulu, with a few years living on the big island of Hawaii, before his parents felt the educational opportunities on Oahu were better for their children. He graduated from Farrington H.S. in Honolulu in 1940.
He observed history in the making while delivering milk the morning of December 7, 1941 as he watched planes flying overhead toward Pearl Harbor. He enlisted in the Army, assigned to the Military Intelligence Special Language School (MISLS), Sec. 6, graduating from Camp Savage, MN in 1943. He served as a sergeant with the XXIV Corps, 30th Language Detachment in Leyte, Philippines, Okinawa, Japan and Korea. He was awarded a Purple Heart.
He was a 1949 graduate of the University of Hawaii and a law school graduate from the University of Denver. He served 32 years as an Assistant City Attorney for Denver and 12 years as a Municipal Court Judge for Northglenn, CO.
September 14, 1959 he married Ethel Yoshiko Tanaka. He is survived by Ethel, his sons Lawton and Lindsey, his grandchildren Loren, Keith and Raleigh and his great grandson Lucas.
His passions in life were reading, gardening, the Broncos and always helping those in need. He provided a home to several relatives and friends over the years and with his motto being “pro-bono” he provided legal assistance and aid to many.
A memorial service will be held Tuesday, November 27, 2012 from 2p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Shinsato home at 4760 W. Evans Avenue, Denver, CO 80219.
For further information call 720-338-1703 or 303-252-9236.