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Photos: Massive Turnout at Descanso Gardens for Life Celebration of South Pas Dentist

Hundreds attended the celebration of life of a popular dentist and community activist.

Dr. Kenneth Yamanaka's life was celebrated by over 500 standing room only admirers of the popular community figure.

The event held at Descanso Gardens saw members from his dental practice as well as community leaders and everyday supporters whose lives he had touched. Glowing tributes were given by many speakers and family members.

The program was hosted by longtime friend and fellow Kiwanian Dr. Fred Harris. Members of the Kiwanis Club of South Pasadena had a large contingent of members on hand. The tribute concluded with a slideshow, and supporters speaking of their memories with Dr Ken.

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Ken Pellman January 14, 2013 at 05:07 PM
Dr. Yamanaka was my dentist when I was a kid, and I'm still cavity-free over 20 years later! His son Todd & I were classmates (we even made a student film together) and if I recall correctly, we were in Y Indian Guides together, too. Yamanaka was a great and gentle dentist. As you can glimpse from this coverage his passing is going to leave a huge hole in the fabric of the community because he was a great man, too, leaving a positive influence and raising some great kids. My sympathies go to his loved ones, his staff, and his patients.

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