Dick Shigemoto Passes Away After Battle with Multiple Sclerosis

April 07, 2009, 7:27 p.m. (ET)

(Colorado Springs, Colo.) - USA Judo lost a member of its family on Monday when Hiromi "Dick" Shigemoto (Bastrop, Texas) passed away at age 66 from complications of multiple sclerosis. 

The husband of Corinne Shigemoto, USA Judo Director of Event Management and 1992 Olympic Coach, Dick was a former competitor himself who fought at the 1964 U.S. Olympic Trials during his elite career and also won medals at the Masters National Championships.

A former student at San Jose State University, Dick was an instructor at Sunnyvale Judo Club in Sunnyvale, Calif. during the late 1970s and at Cahill's Judo Academy in San Bruno, Calif. the 1980s.

Dick also was a successful businessman, owning and operating a company that was once listed among the 500 Fastest Growing Privately Owned Companies in America.  After building his company to $40 million in sales, Dick retired in 2004 and enjoyed hunting and fishing.

Born in a relocation camp in Poston, Ariz. on Feb. 10, 1943, Dick moved to Watsonville, Calif. when he was 2-years-old and would later settle in San Jose, Calif.  He leaves behind Corinne, his wife of 30 years, as well as their twin daughters Molly and Brandy (15) as well as daughter Shannon (45) from a previous marriage.

"Dick had many, many friends in USA Judo and all our hearts go out to Corrine and her family through this very challenging time," said USA Judo President Lance Nading (Denver, Colo).

Graveside services will be on at 10 a.m. on Friday at Winchester Public Cemetery in Winchester, Texas. Arrangements are being made by Marrs-Jones-Newby, 505 Old Austin Hwy. Bastrop, TX 78602. 

A memorial service in San Jose will be held at 1 p.m. on April 24 at San Jose Buddhist Church in San Jose, Calif. with a reception to follow.