Elwyn Shimoda, PhD, 81, of Parker, Colo., entered into heaven on Feb. 18, 2018, with family at his side. He was born on Aug. 31, 1936 in Colorado to George and Ethel Shimoda.
He was a loving husband to Marilyn; the exceptional dad of Kim Shimoda, of Cape Coral, Fla., Kevin (Lisa) Shimoda, of Parker, Colo., Steven (Carolyn) Shimoda, of Houston, Texas, Julie (Dave) Law, of Lakewood, Colo. and Luke Shimoda, of Gunnison, Colo.; special grandpa of Angela, Thierry, Stephanie, Erin, Kelsey, Lindsey, Grace and Hannah; brother of Hylam (Kiyomi) Shimoda, of Aurora, Colo., Wayne Shimoda, of San Jose, Calif. and Dwight (Adrienne) Shimoda, of Monterey, Calif. He is also survived by extended family and many friends.
Elwyn grew up on a farm in Colorado with his five brothers and one sister. His parents, immigrants from Japan and Hawaii, earned a living as tenant farmers. During this time at the end of the Depression, the entire family worked to help make ends meet. Hard work and lean times not only built character, it also taught Elwyn that he wanted a different life. He knew his way out of the farm life was through education.
Through the ROTC program, he graduated from the Colorado School of Mines with a degree in chemical engineering and would later receive his PhD from the University of Denver. After graduating from Mines, he served five years in the U.S. Army, stationed at Aberdeen Proving Grounds in Maryland. Once he fulfilled his obligation, he began his engineering career at the Hanford Nuclear Site in the state of Washington, returning to Colorado to teach at the Colorado School of Mines in 1966. In 1974, the family moved to Ponca City, where he enjoyed a career in research and development at Conoco. He took early retirement in 1994 and returned to Colorado where he promptly started his next career as a recruiter, often working with Mines graduates and former Conoco colleagues.
He married Marilyn Kochevar in 1961. They lived happily ever after for 56 years. He was a kind and wise father and grandfather of five children and eight grandchildren.
His early life and commitment to family shaped his life. When we think of him, we think family man, friend, chemical engineer, professor, lifelong teacher, fisherman, hiker, tent-trailer camper, skier, golfer, constant reader, Bronco fan, gardener, tender of orchids, nurturer of children, lover of Colorado and of all the outdoors.
Tributes may be made at www.ponderosavalleyfunerals.com/notices/Elwyn-ShimodaPhD.