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Duane Mitsuo Takaki

2012 Inductee

Duane Mitsuo Takaki (1947 – 2011) made a difference in southern Colorado, one smile at a time. A dentist by trade, he brought quality oral care to Pueblo’s poor and underserved by providing his services at very low or no cost. Through El Centro de los Pobres, Takaki offered free dental care and supplies that improved the quality of life for a generation of migrant workers and their children.

Born in Pueblo he graduated from Central High School and was an Eagle Scout. He went on to attend Northwestern University, from which he received both a bachelor’s degree (1969) and a doctorate of dental science (1973).

Takaki returned to his hometown, joined the dental practice established by his father Harry in 1936, and made a mark on the community through service, outreach and education. He taught dental hygiene classes at Pueblo Community College, was president of the Southeastern Colorado Dental Society and was appointed to the Dental Board of Examiners for the state of Colorado in 2004. An active volunteer dedicated to community service, he served on the boards of the Pueblo Community College Foundation, the Boys and Girls Club, and the St. Mary-Corwin Foundation.

As a loving husband and father to wife Jeannie and daughters Karis and Stacy, Duane Takaki’s devotion to community started at home and extended to include all those he made feel like a part of his family. He left a legacy of compassion and service.