|Birth:||26 December 1886|
|Death:||9 December 1998|
Chicago, Illinois, USA
|Age:||111 years, 348 days|
Frank Kenichi Morimitsu was born in Japan on 26 December 1886 (or 1887). He came to America with his parents aged 11. He remained in a boarding school in Hawaii after his parents returned to Japan because he loved Hawaii a lot. He moved to San Francisco at the age of 17 and worked as a houseboy for a family there, but later moved to Sacramento and there he married Ichiko Fujiwara.
He ran a family-owned restaurant in Sacramento, with him working as a chef and his wife as chief waitress. He also shipped vegetables to the Eastern market until WW2. At that time, Frank, his wife and 5 children were put into an American detention facility with other Japanese-American citizens.
After his retirement from the restaurant business and after the passing of his wife, Morimitsu became involved in the Devon Church of Jesus Christ in Chicago. He eventually lost his eyesight to glaucoma and started to have trouble hearing, but even after turning 100, he was still well enough to travel independently to Hawaii and New York. He credited his longevity to God.
Morimitsu died on 9 December 1998, aged 111 years, 348 days.
- Frank Morimitsu, 111, 'An Evangelistic Spirit' Chicago Tribune, 18 December 1998