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January 18, 2024
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Gordon Karaki passed away in Lethbridge on January 18th, 2024.
He was the second son of Mitsuo & Sachie Karaki.
His siblings are George, Gene, Victor, Melvin, Joy & Linda.
He grew up on a farm in Raymond till the spring of 1951 when the family moved to the Brooks/Cassils farm.
Gordon went to school in Raymond, Cassils Country School, and Rosemary.
He also studied Farm Machinery at Mt. Royal College in Calgary.
He served in Japan as a missionary of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1960 -1962. He married Mihoko in the fall of 1962 at the Cardston Alberta Temple.
They built a home and started a family on one section of land they bought from his father in Cassils. From farming, he went on to study shiatsu massage at the Tokyo Seitai Kyousei Gakuin in Japan, and shiatsu massage & Japanese acupuncture at the Japan Shiatsu Clinic in Calgary. After which he opened his own practice that he named “Cassils Shiatsu Clinic”.
After 40 years in Cassils, they moved to the town of Brooks, but because of his passion for horses and team roping, he kept 2 horses and continued to rope into his late seventies. In 2017, he was thrown from a horse and broke many bones. He was hospitalized weeks, and it took many months to heal and was unable to ride his horse anymore. This did not slow him down as he just used the extra time to golf more.
In the summer of 2023, they moved to Lethbridge and he quickly adjusted to the condo life. He golfed almost every day last summer.
Throughout his life he loved to laugh, and his sense of humor was enjoyed by the people around him.
In the end, Gordon’s heart and lung condition could not beat his ulcer. The family would like to thank the doctors and the ICU staff at Chinook Reginal Hospital. Their compassion towards Gordon and the family was greatly appreciated.
" In lieu of flowers and Koden, if friends so desire, memorial tributes in Gordon's name may be made directly to Chinook Regional Hospital (ICU Unit), 960-19 Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta T1J 1W5"
A celebration of Life will be held in the spring of 2024.