POINT LOMA — Norman “Norm” Yoshio Taniguchi, the last heir to family-owned commercial fishing supply business Taniguchi Inc., died on April 2 at his Point Loma home.
The cause of death was not immediately available.
Born on Dec. 11, 1954, Taniguchi was the second child of Takeharu and Nellie Taniguchi, who made their family home in the fishing-and-boating-centered Point Loma neighborhood of San Diego. Taniguchi was an alumnus of Point Loma High School, graduating in 1973, and went on to receive a BA in business from San Diego State University.
After college, Taniguchi joined the family business, Taniguchi Inc., where with the help of his parents and brother, Vern, was involved in developing one of the original stand-up harness and pad used for long-range fishing. Taniguchi Inc, was founded by Norman’s parents, who are also deceased.
Family members said one of Taniguchi’s favorite times of year was attending the annual Fred Hall Show and Del Mar Boat Show, where he enjoyed gathering with friends. His family also mentioned Taniguchi was an avid reader of The Log and never missed reading each issue that hit newsstands.
A lover of the great outdoors, Taniguchi fished in many tournaments, enjoyed golf, dove hunting and a weekly luncheon with his friends in Tijuana.
After the unexpected death of his brother, he was the sole caretaker of his beloved mother’s poodles, Lucky and Ronnie.
Taniguchi is survived by his aunts, Mary and Ruth Nagano, and cousins who reside in Northern California.