Irene Tanaka Kan, of Seaside, peacefully passed away at her home in Seaside on April 3, 2019. She was 83.
Irene was born to Eddie and Toshiye Tanaka on Dec. 28, 1935, in Shoshone, Idaho. After graduating as valedictorian from Shoshone High School in 1954, she earned her bachelor’s degree in home economics at Oregon State College in Corvallis in 1958.
While at OSU, Irene met her future husband, Warren Kan, whom she married on June 21, 1958, in Shoshone, then moved to Salem, where they both worked at Oregon Fruit Products Company.
In 1966, Warren and Irene moved to Seaside to run