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Chiiho Terada

May 16, 1941 ~ January 28, 2021 (age 79)



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Chiiho Terada, of Camarillo, CA, passed away peacefully on January 28, 2021 after a long battle with cancer. He was born on May 16, 1941 in Los Angeles to Tsuchio “Ted” and Kazuko “Kay” Terada (nee Nakatani).

He spent the early years of his life interned with his family at Japanese-American assembly centers and internment camps at the Santa Anita Racetrack, Gila Bend, AZ, and Tule Lake, CA. At the end of World War II his family first lived in Norwalk, CA, where they owned a home and farm before the war, then moved to Gardena, CA and Torrance, CA. He graduated from Banning High School in Wilmington, CA in 1959.

In 1964 Chiiho graduated from the University of Southern California’s School of Architecture with a bachelor’s degree in industrial design. He worked at a number of firms throughout Southern California, including Lightolier, Mitchell Bobrick Design of Beverly Hills, 3M, Raytheon, Sonatech, and Zymed Inc. His early design work included custom lighting fixtures installed at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion at the Los Angeles Music Center and others at hotels and casinos in Las Vegas, such as the Mint and the Flamingo Capri. Later work ranged from systems for the Sparrow and Sidewinder missiles to cases and packaging for Holter monitoring equipment used by cardiologists.

Chiiho worked for more than 35 years as a night and weekend instructor at Ventura College teaching drafting and mechanical drawing, making the transition from T-Squares and pencils to AutoCAD and SolidWorks. Hundreds of his students have since found employment throughout Ventura County and beyond, contributing to the region’s strength as a high tech manufacturing hub. In the 1980s, Chiiho’s talent at lettering and design found its way onto T-shirts, hats, and logos, including those for Otani’s Fish Market in Oxnard and Aldan American Suspension Systems in Carson.

Chiiho was an avid sportsman and enjoyed fishing, hunting, golf, and softball. For many years he was a fixture at Opening Day for trout season at Lake Crowley. He was known to many friends and neighbors for his generosity, passing out fresh fillets and whole bluefin tuna, albacore, and yellowtail he caught on his annual fishing trips into Mexico from Point Loma in San Diego, and ducks and doves brought home from hunting excursions to the Coachella Valley and Yuma, AZ.

Later in life he volunteered at the Gardena Buddhist Church for their annual Obon festival.

Chiiho is survived by his son, Isao Jason Terada of Tarzana, CA, and daughter, Harumi Wendy Terada Nicolle of Ventura, CA. He had one grandson. One of six sons, he is also survived by brothers Sanae Terada, of Lake Elsinore, CA, Vincent Terada, of Camarillo, CA, Norman Terada, of Camarillo, CA, and half-sister Yuri Terada, of Los Angeles. He was preceded in death by brothers Kenpo Terada and Eugene Terada.

A Celebration of Life service will be held for Chiiho on Saturday, February 27 at 10 a.m. at the Conejo Mountain Memorial Park in Camarillo.


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 Service Program


Memorial Service
February 27, 2021

10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Conejo Mountain Memorial Park
2052 Howard Road
Camarillo, CA 93012

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