Photo of Michio Taniwaki by Evan Semón, Rocky Mountain News

[Note: This blog entry was posted on Jan 2, 2019 but backdated to keep it in chronological order.]

Below is the obituary published in The Denver Post on Oct 19, 2017.

Michio Taniwaki 1926 – 2017

Michio Taniwaki, a long-time Denver resident with a passion for analog electronics and Paleozoic marine fossils died October 15, 2017 from complications due to the flu. He was 91.

Mitch, to his friends, was born in Alameda, California on May 30, 1926. In the depth of the depression, his family moved back to Susaki, Japan where they owned a farm. While still in high school, Mitch started his own radio repair business. As World War 2 was winding down, even though he was an American citizen, Mitch was drafted into the Japanese army. He was placed into a radio communications group stationed in Hiroshima. He was there on the day the atom bomb was dropped and has written and spoken about his experiences.

After the war, Mitch returned to the U.S., got married, and moved to Denver. Over his career, he worked for some well-known local electronics firms, including Ward Terry & Co., Valas TV, NBI, and Outbound Systems. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Hisae, two sons George and James, and his sister Hideko. A memorial service will be held at Tri-State Buddhist Temple on Thursday, October 26 at 3:00 PM.


Michio wrote two entries for this blog. The first was a three-part story (RealNumeracy Dec 2012) on his experience as a soldier training to be a radio operator in Hiroshima during World War 2.

The second was a personal two-part story about tracing the Taniwaki family tree (RealNumeracy Jan 2014) written after the death of his cousin, Hugo.

[Update: His collection of electronic test equipment is featured in a blog post I wrote in Jan 2019.]