Sherwood (Bob) Ichiro Saruwatari
After battling lung cancer for several years, Bob Saruwatari passed away at his home in Thousand Palms, Calif., on Nov. 27, 2012.
He was born on March 1, 1939, to Gladys and Kory Saruwatari in Los Angeles. He had a full and challenging life including an internment in Arkansas during WWII as a young boy, where he was a favorite among the camp residents.
Saruwatari was a driven leader and earned the rank of Eagle Scout before graduating from Laguna Beach High School, where he excelled in academics, track and football. After graduation, he attended the University of Southern California, and remained an ardent and loyal supporter of USC football throughout his life.
Saruwatari was loved by everyone he met and had many close friends. He is survived by his wife and soul-mate of 36 years, Trina; two sons, Mathew and Mitchell; three step children, Patrick Stroupe, Tammy Stroupe-Meadows and Pam Stroupe; 13 grandchildren, Levi, Georgina, Maygen, Michael, Chris, Trina, Ryan, Kelsey, Molly, Maci, Matsen, Madelyn, and Korey; and four great grandchildren. Kayla, Haley, Devin and Ellen.
Joseph Jon Riggs, passed way November 27, 2011, at home in Laguna Niguel. He was 52 was born April 20, 1959, in Wyoming.
Riggs graduated from the Laguna Beach High School class of 1977. He attended San Francisco’s Lone Mountain College and then moved on to performing for several years in One Act Theatre, also in San Francisco. He worked 20 years as an entertainment industry art director. After turning 30, Riggs traveled to Europe to visit friends. On his return flight he met his wife-to-be, a native of Brazil who became the love of his life.
They married and resided in Laguna Beach, where their two daughters were born.
Riggs was loved by many friends and loved his friends and family in return. He believed in quality of life. He was known for his laughter, his keen intellect and his huge heart. His dedication to his family and spiritual life was an inspiration to friends. He led by example, touching and bettering hundreds of lives.
Riggs is survived by his wife Monica; daughters Alena and Julia; mother Barbara Riggs Feher and sister Stephanie Riggs Silver. Riggs was an incredible man who touched so many lives. He will be greatly missed.
A celebration of his life will take place Saturday, Dec. 3, at 1 p.m. in the chapel at St. Margaret of Scotland School, 31641 La Novia, San Juan Capistrano.