first_imgOBITUARY: Longtime resident, who spent three years in an internment camp, ran nursery with late wife. By Andrea Woodhouse STAFF WRITER Eizo Etow, a longtime Hermosa Beach resident and former owner of a prominent South Bay nursery, has died. He was 87. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityEtow died at home Friday of natural causes, said his daughter, Margaret Mitchell. An artist who chose paint and plants as his media, he ran Etow’s 101 Nursery for nearly 40 years and landscaped many residential and commercial yards in the South Bay, Mitchell said. Etow was born May 2, 1920, in San Diego, and lived his childhood in Japan. He returned to the United States and settled in Hermosa Beach in 1938, with intentions of attending art school at USC, Mitchell said. But upon the advent of World War II, Etow was instead sent to an internment camp in Arizona in 1942. There, Etow met and married his wife, Kay. The couple were released in 1945 and lived briefly in Colorado before settling back in Hermosa Beach. “He went away as a 19-year-old college student and came back with a wife, two babies and a father-in-law,” Mitchell said. Etow began work as a Japanese-style gardener, but had trouble finding the proper materials to execute his vision, she said. So, the couple opened a nursery in 1948 near Pacific Coast Highway and Catalina Avenue, Mitchell said. Through the years, the nursery occupied several locations – including Aviation Boulevard and Pacific Coast Highway in Hermosa Beach – and Etow continued to artfully landscape yards all over the South Bay, she said. He was a past director of the California Association of Nurserymen, and received an award as an expert nurseryman from California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo. The civic-minded couple donated plants and shrubbery to schools and shut-ins, and Etow was active with the Boy Scouts of America, as well as the Hermosa Beach Rotary Club, Mitchell said. Etow retired and closed the nursery in 1985, Mitchell said. The couple were longtime members of the Hermosa Garden Club, and he did the cover artwork for the group’s annual membership book for many years. Etow told the Daily Breeze in 1994 that he often spent time tidying up the grounds and sketching at a tiny parkette on Herondo Street named after his wife, who died in 1974. And just last week, the Rotary Club rededicated the newly refurbished park to Etow, planting a tree and laying a plaque in his honor. “What a wonderful send-off it was,” said Anne Sullivan, the garden club’s president. “We are really going to miss him.” Etow is survived by four children and two grandchildren. Memorial services are pending. [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more