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Kenroku Tyrone Kadota, 65, of Arroyo Grande died Aug. 4, 2003, at his residence. A celebration of life service will be held at the United Christ Methodist Church in Santa Maria at noon on Wednesday, Aug. 13. Ken was born Jan. 30, 1938, in Los Berros. His family was sent to Gila River Relocation Camp and after World War II the family moved to Chicago, Ill. He graduated from the University of Utah after which he began teaching locally in 1961. He taught at elementary and junior high schools until 1969, when he began teaching at Arroyo Grande High School. Ken taught a variety of subjects and coached baseball, football, wrestling, girl's basketball and golf. He married Sally Byer in 1970, and retired from teaching in 1998. Ken's past activities include the Boy Scouts of America, Nipomo Men's Club (where he learned his barbeque tricks), and the California Teacher's Association. He had a lifelong passion for the development of the youth, especially through sports. He is survived by his wife, Sally; sons, Tye, Thomas and Todd all of Arroyo Grande; brothers, Frank and wife, Marion, of La Palma, Harold of Huntington Beach, Harry and wife, Grace, of Orcutt, and Paul and wife, Ruth, of Ariz.; sisters, Lucy Asahina and husband, Gungi, of Salt Lake City, Emily Robertson of Indianapolis and Alyce Yamanaka and husband, Iwao, of Chicago; sister-in-law, Kinu Kadota of Orcutt; many nieces and nephews. Ken was preceded in death by his brother, Yuzo and sister, Chizu Nishimoto. In lieu of flowers, his family asks that you take a child to a ballgame. Donations may be made to the Ken Kadota Memorial Fund at Mid-State Bank in Arroyo Grande. Arrangements are under the direction of Marshall-Spoo Sunset Funeral Chapel in Grover Beach.