Sacramento

Jun 7, 2013
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Bob Fletcher, who helped Japanese Americans interned during the war, Dies at 101

Former California agriculture inspector quit his job in the middle of World War II to manage the fruit farms of Japanese families forced to live in internment camps.

Bob Fletcher, a former California agriculture inspector who, ignoring the resentment of neighbors, quit his job in the middle of World War II to manage the fruit farms of Japanese families forced to live in internment camps, died on May 23 in Sacramento. He was 101.

His death was confirmed by Doris Taketa, who was 12 when Mr. Fletcher agreed to run her family’s farm in 1942, the year she and her extended family were relocated to the Jerome War Relocation Center in Arkansas.

“He saved us,” Ms. Taketa said.