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Melvin “Dutch” Kawasoe

Melvin “Dutch” Kawasoe

Melvin “Dutch” Kawasoe passed away on Tuesday, March 29th, 2016 after a heroic fight against congestive heart failure. He was born on November 8, 1925 in North Powder, Oregon to George and Masuko Kawasoe, Japanese immigrants. He grew up in Weiser, Idaho where his father was a chef and later owned a large farming operation. Dutch worked on that farm and ran crews. This is also where he learned many of his cooking skills. He loved fishing, hunting, football, and golf. Dutch attended the University of Idaho, earning a Bachelor’s from the College of Idaho and later his Master’s from the University of Oregon.

Coach Dutch Kawasoe was one of Oregon’s all-time best high school coaches. During his . . .