We are deeply sorry for your loss - the staff at Columbia Funeral Home & Crematory
Wash Murakami, 93, passed away peacefully on September 8, 2021. He was born in Auburn, Washington to Moritsuchi & Yoshi Murakami, second to the last of 13 children. He came from a farming family. At the age of 14, Wash and his family were incarcerated at Minidoka, Idaho to an internment camp during WWII. Wash was the owner of Wash’s Auto Repair in Columbia City serving the Greater Seattle community for almost 50 years. He was a great and trusted mechanic, an avid fisherman, and enjoyed golfing, bowling, and dancing. Wash was deeply admired for taking time to help others, and for his love of family and friends. He lived his life to the fullest and was always the life of the party, making everyone feel welcome. He will be missed dearly by all those whose lives he touched.
Wash is survived by his wife of 70 years, Kathleen; children, Jerry, Reise (Arbee), John, Mark (Judy), Chris (Marita), Rick (Julie); five grandchildren; six great grandchildren; sister Isoko; sister-in-law Yoshiko; and many beloved nieces and nephews.
A Celebration of Life is being planned for a future date. Donations may be made to Nisei Veterans Committee or Densho