Tom was born in Fresno, CA on January 27, 1948, to parents Hideo and Toshiko Hotta. He passed away in his sleep peacefully on March 12, 2019, at the age of 71. He attended schools in Sanger and Reedley, graduated from Reedley High School 1966 and from Fresno State with a degree in mechanical engineering. He worked for Minami Packing Company until the company closed and was currently employed with Georgia Pacific.
Tom was preceded in death by his parents and is survived by sisters, Jun and Michi, and brother, Roy.
A memorial service will be held at the Reedley Buddhist Church on Saturday, April 13, 2019, at 2 p.m.