No one could out do Tad for a fun time. Howard Tadaaki (“Tad”) Mimura was born on April 4, 1932, to Kazunori and Alice (Matsuoka) Mimura in Utah, and passed away peacefully in Boise, Idaho on October 8, 2018. His life was filled with sports, fishing, golfing, cards, and laughter.
He attended Torrance High School in Southern California. Apparently well-liked, Tad was voted class President and graduated as Valedictorian in 1950. He later attended UCLA as he prepared to enter dental school. He loved being a Bruin and playing baseball and rugby there. His UCLA Union Rugby coach Norm Padgett continued to visit Tad in Culver City throughout the years. He never got to Minnesota for dental school, which is good, otherwise we would’ve been Twins fans instead of Dodger fans growing up.
Tad is a veteran, having served in the Army during the Korean War, which interrupted his education at UCLA. He proudly wore his Korean Veteran baseball cap in his final year.
He was a partner at Alan Litho, before retiring at 47, and moving to Boise in 1979. He and his wife Sachi bought a townhouse on the Plantation Golf Course where they played men’s, women’s and couples’ leagues. Tad loved the change of seasons in Idaho, however, only shoveled snow once according to Sachi.
Tad had an enduring love of sports. He excelled in multiple high school sports: he was captain of the Bee basketball team, MVP of the Bee football team and was voted a life membership in the California Scholarship Federation. He held the THS Tartar hurdles record, and was named All-Bay League first string in his senior year; coincidentally, his first season of baseball. He got a hit in every game and batted a sound .317 during the Bay League season. He continued to play ball at UCLA and beyond, but finally hung it up after a Japanese-American fast-pitch league Bucs game left him floundering on the dirt as he embarrassingly ran out of gas rounding third. We all laughed. He didn’t think it was so funny.
Tad became involved in organized youth sports when his son Mark Jon began Little League at age 9. Tad coached and mentored many kids from Culver City, Venice, Samo, and LA, even after Mark graduated high school. He supported the first girls entering Little League and was so proud to watch Mishy play for the Silver Bullets in Boise. He spent countless hours volunteering and producing the best HS football programs and created a coffee table sports book for Culver City High School seniors in the 1970’s. Several of Tad’s players kept in touch over the years and always had a special place in his heart. Tad was both generous of his time and support, helping many young players as an assistant to head baseball coach Artie Harris at West LA Community College.
Tad and Sachi, his wife of 61 years, became supporters of College of Idaho basketball, traveling long distances to watch games and support fellow Torrance High alum and then-C of I Athletic Director Dick Carrow. Tad loved attending his grandchildrens’ sporting events and musical events and graduations.
He is survived by Sachi, his daughter Susie Mimura and son-in-law Bob Wright of Meridian, Idaho, his son and daughter-in-law Mark and Peggy Mimura of Nampa, Idaho, and daughter and son-in-law Linda and Kelly Hand of Belmont, California. Tad also leaves behind 5 beautiful grandchildren, Dani and Micki Glass, Carson Hand, and TJ and Madison Mimura; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents and siblings, Bob Mimura and June Morioka.
In lieu of flowers, feel free to give to the College of Idaho baseball program https://www.collegeofidaho.edu/giving/give-form