Male, born 1917-06-10, died 2004-08-09

Professional History


Landscape Designer, Kubota Gardening Company, Seattle, WA, -2004.



Tom Kubota was born and educated in Seattle, WA. Aside from time spent in the Minidoka Relocation Camp, and service serving in the US Army during World War II, he spent his entire life working with his father in Seattle. He died here at the age of 87.


His father was Fujitaro Kubota (1880-1973) who founded Seattle's Kubota Gardening Company in 1923. He took over the business after his father's death. (See Florangela Davila, Seattle Times, "Gardener Tom Kubota, 87, leaves serene legacy," accessed 05/05/2015.)


He married Amy Sakaguchi Kubota (1924-2010) on 05/05/1946. Tom first saw Amy while she played in a high school basketball game in which he was the opposing coach. He later met her at the Minidoka Internment Camp in Minidoka, ID, where they both were held during World War II.


He and Amy had five children, a son, Allan, who took over the gardening business from his father and grandfather, and four daughters, Linda Kubota Byrd, Cathy Hem, Margo Izutsu, and Wendy Goade.

Biographical Notes

SSN: 533-32-8172.

PCAD id: 6906